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Access

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

Accessible Information

If you require any documents to be made available in braille, please contact our Access Officer, Alice Gilmour on alice.gilmour@operanorth.co.uk, or phone 0113 223 3629.

Accessible Performances

Audio-Described Performances 

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 boxoffice@operanorth.co.uk.

Kiss Me, Kate
Kiss Me, Kate
 audio notes: 

Audio described performance for Kiss Me, Kate

Leeds Grand Theatre         Thu 24 May 7.15pm Touch tour 6pm
Edinburgh Festival Theatre Sat 7 July 2.15pm Touch tour 1pm

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

Signed Performances 

Selected Opera North performances are sign interpreted. Deaf audience members qualify for a discount. To book, please email the Box Office on boxoffice@operanorth.co.uk who will be able to seat you in the area with the best view of the signer.

Signed performance for Kiss Me, Kate

Leeds Grand Theatre Sat 26 May 2.15pm
London Coliseum Wed 27 June 7.30pm
Festival Theatre Edinburgh Sat 7 July 2.15pm

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

​Captioned Performances

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 boxoffice@operanorth.co.uk 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.


Venue Information 

Leeds Grand Theatre

  • To access the Grand Theatre, there are six  steps from the street up to the foyer or a wheelchair lift from the Grand Theatre Box Office to the foyer, and then lift access to the rest of the auditorium (excluding the Upper Balcony). Some areas of the auditorium do have steep stairs and may not be suitable for people with limited mobility. Please check with the Box Office (0844 848 2720*).
  • There are 6 wheelchair spaces: four in the Stalls and two in the Dress Circle.
  • There are accessible toilets at Stalls and Dress Circle levels. 
  • There is an infra-red system in operation for sound amplification. Headsets are available from the Grand Theatre foyer for a £5 refundable deposit. Please ask Box Office staff when booking for advice on the best seats to use this service.
  • Support dogs are welcome in the auditorium and can be looked after on request.
  • For refreshments, there are bars at Stalls, Upper Circle and Balcony levels. 

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.

Howard Assembly Room 

  • The Howard Assembly Room is located inside Leeds Grand Theatre. To access the venue, there are six steps from the street up to the Grand Theatre foyer or a wheelchair lift from the Grand Theatre Box Office to the foyer, and then lift access from the foyer to the Howard Assembly Room. 
  • There are two wheelchair spaces, but this can be increased if more are required. Please call the Box Office (0844 848 2720*) for more information. 
  • There is lift access to the gallery (no 4 in the lift) from the foyer, and from the Howard Assembly Room level (number 3 in the lift). Request access from front-of-house staff before using it so they can arrange for someone to open the door from the lift into the gallery. Row A of the gallery is flat access but there are 3 steps to Row B and 6 steps to Row C.
  • Accessible toilets are situated in the Grand Theatre foyer and at Dress Circle level (accessible via lift). 
  • Support dogs are welcome in the venue and can be looked after on request. 
  • Refreshments are available from Emerald Grand Hall bar (at Howard Assembly Room level). 

Leeds Town Hall 

  • There is full wheelchair access to Leeds Town Hall through the entrance at ground level at the front of the building. 
  • A number of spaces in the auditorium are reserved for wheelchair users. 
  • There are accessible toilet facilities at all levels. 
  • Support dogs are welcome. 
  • If you would like any further information on facilities for patrons with disabilities, please call 0113 395 0322. 

Our Touring Venues 

Find access details for Newcastle Theatre RoyalNottingham Theatre Royal , and The Lowry, Salford Quays