Opera North is dedicated to providing equal access to all visitors to all our performances. We are committed to working with our venues to ensure that everyone can enjoy a high quality theatre experience wherever they live and whatever their circumstances. To this end, we offer audio-described, signed and captioned performances.
If you require any documents to be made available in braille, please contact our Access Officer, Alice Gilmour on firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone 0113 223 3629.
Click on these links to watch our fabulous film of Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti, made in partnership with BBC’s The Space.
Trouble In Tahiti with captions
If you hover over the film with your mouse, you will see a CC button at the bottom right-hand corner of the film on YouTube. Click on that to turn on captions.
Trouble In Tahiti with audio-description – audio describer Lynn Thornton
Version with Sign interpretation and captions - signer Paul Whittaker
Version with sign interpretation only – signer Paul Whittaker
Audio-described performances include a live description of the visual elements of the production delivered through a discreet headset. This information is minimal and carefully timed so that it does not detract from the music.
Opera North’s audio-described performances include a pre-show touch tour where blind and visually impaired audience members are allowed access to the stage to touch/get a closer look at the sets and costumes. Places for the touch tour are free but must be booked in advance.
In addition to this, an introduction to the visual aspects of the production is sent to all bookers one week prior to the show as an MP3 or CD (please specify at the time of booking). This information is repeated through the headsets 15 minutes before the start of the performance. Large print casts lists are also available on the night, and in braille on request in advance.
Seats for those using the audio-description plus one essential companion are available at a discounted rate and are reserved in the most appropriate areas. For more information, to discuss your requirements, or to book, please call the Box Office (0844 848 2720*), or email email@example.com.
Audio described performances for Tosca
|Leeds Grand Theatre||Wed 3 Oct||7.30pm||Touch tour 6.15pm|
|Newcastle Theatre Royal||Thu 25 Oct||7.30pm||Touch tour 6.15pm|
|Hull New Theatre||Sat 3 Nov||7.30pm||Touch tour 6.15pm|
|Nottingham Theatre Royal||Fri 9 Nov||7.30pm||Touch tour 6.15pm|
|The Lowry, Salford||Fri 16 Nov||7.30pm||Touch tour 6.15pm|
Audio described performances for The Magic Flute
|Leeds Grand Theatre||Wed 20 Feb||7pm||Touch tour at 5.45pm|
|The Lowry, Salford||Sat 8 Mar||7pm||Touch tour at 5.45pm|
|Newcastle Theatre Royal||Fri 15 Mar||7pm||Touch tour at 5.45pm|
|Nottingham Theatre Royal||Sat 23 Mar||7pm||Touch tour at 5.45pm|
Selected Opera North performances are sign interpreted. Deaf audience members qualify for a discount. To book, please email the Box Office on firstname.lastname@example.org who will be able to seat you in the area with the best view of the signer.
Signed performances for The Merry Widow:
|Leeds Grand Theatre||Wed 10 Oct||7.30pm|
|The Lowry, Salford||Thu 15 Nov||7.30pm|
Signed performances for The Magic Flute:
|Leeds Grand Theatre||Wed 20 Feb||7pm|
|The Lowry, Salford||Tue 5 Mar||7pm|
Selected Opera North performances are captioned which means all the dialogue, including sound effects, is displayed on two screens either side of the stage. To book for these performances, please call the Box Office (0844 848 2720*), or email email@example.com who will make sure you are seated in an area with the best view of the screens.
Captioned performance for Kiss Me, Kate:
|Leeds Grand Theatre||Sat 26 May||2.15pm|
|Festival Theatre Edinburgh||Thur 5 July||7.15pm|
Captioned performances for The Magic Flute:
|Leeds Grand Theatre||Sat 26 Jan||4pm|
|Leeds Grand Theatre||Fri 1 Mar||7pm|
|The Lowry, Salford||Sat 9 Mar||7pm|
|Newcastle Theatre Royal||Fri 15 Mar||7pm|
|Nottingham Theatre Royal||Sat 23 Mar||7pm|
*Calls cost 7ppm plus access charge
For additional information regarding access performances, please contact Alice Gilmour, Access Officer.
Leeds Grand Theatre
Access Membership Scheme
If you have any access requirements, sign up to our Access Membership Scheme.
The scheme is designed to streamline your booking experience and to enable those eligible, to book seats including free companion seats and wheelchair spaces online. It will also make it quicker for our Box Office team to find the best seats tailored to your needs, and we will log your proof of eligibility so that you don’t need to show us your evidence each time.
Find out more.
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