Opera North is committed to making all our work accessible and to working with our venues to ensure that everyone can enjoy a high-quality theatre experience.

To this end we offer a range of services including accessible performances including audio-described, captioned and sign interpreted, information in different formats including audio and large-print, accessible versions of our digital content, an Access Membership scheme so you can book online with the relevant discounts (for Leeds venues), and detailed information on the venues so you can plan your visit.

Accessible booking

We have an Access Membership Scheme so if you have any access requirements, you can sign up and the information you supply will help us to find you appropriate seats quickly and easily, and will also enable you to book online for Opera North performances in Leeds Grand Theatre, Leeds Town Hall and the Howard Assembly Room.

Download the application form here as a word doc and as a pdf.

Accessible information

Large Print
We offer large print programmes available to download, with a synopsis and cast list – see individual production pages.

Audio Notes
We provide audio notes you can listen to ahead of coming to a performance.  These consist of an introduction, synopsis, description of the set and costumes, the cast list and creative team, and a list of the audio-described performances.  These are available on our production pages under Accessible information.

If you require any more information, brochures or documents in alternative formats (for example large-print, audio or braille), please contact our Access Officer, Alice Gilmour on access@operanorth.co.uk, or phone 0113 223 3629.

Accessible performances

We offer audio-described, signed and captioned performances.

Audio-Described Performances

Audio-Described Performances

Upcoming performances

Signed Performances

Signed Performances

Upcoming performances

​Captioned Performances

​Captioned Performances

Upcoming performances

Trouble in Tahiti - Accessible film

A 50 minute film of Opera North’s critically-acclaimed production of Leonard Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti is now available to view on demand. It is available in accessible formats for D/deaf and hard of hearing, and blind or partially-sighted audience members, with British Sign Language interpretation, audio description, and captioning.

A darkly witty satire on the American Dream, Trouble in Tahiti is set in 1950s suburbia, where Sam and Dinah appear to have the perfect life in their little white house. As the action unfolds however, their growing detachment soon makes it clear that they are trapped in a lie.

Play with audio description

Play with British Sign Language

Play with BSL and subtitles

Venue Information

Leeds Grand Theatre

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 – Calls to 084+ numbers cost 7p per minute plus your telephone company’s access charge).
  • 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.
Howard Assembly Room

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

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.
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