We’re committed to making our work accessible to ensure that everyone can enjoy a high-quality theatre experience. Find useful information about our upcoming performances, services and partner venues to help plan your visit.

Access Membership Scheme

If you have any access requirements you can sign up to our Access Membership Scheme. Members can book online for Opera North performances in Leeds Grand Theatre, Leeds Town Hall and the Howard Assembly Room with any associated discounts, and with the information you supply we can find you appropriate seats quickly and easily.

Download the application form as a Word Doc and as a PDF.

Accessible formats

Audio notes

We provide audio notes for all our productions. These describe the set and costumes, the story, and list the cast and creative teams, and the dates and venues of all performances. The sections on set and costumes are available one working day after the opening night of a production.

Listen to audio notes for Street Scene, The Marriage of Figaro, The Turn of the Screw.

Large print

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

Accessible performances

We offer audio-described, signed, captioned and dementia friendly performances. Click on the icons below to see a list of upcoming dates and venues.

Audio-described performances

Audio-described performances

Visitors can borrow a headset to hear a live description of what’s happening visually on the stage as it happens.

Signed performances

Signed performances

A British Sign Language interpreter signs from the side of the stage.

Captioned performances

Captioned performances

The full text as it is sung or spoken, including sound effects, is displayed on two screens either side of the stage.

Dementia Friendly performances

Dementia Friendly performances

A comfortable and supportive environment where people with dementia and their families or carers can enjoy live performance.

Relaxed performances

Relaxed performances

The audience can move around freely, leave or enter the auditorium as needed.

Venue information

Leeds Grand Theatre

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  • When entering the building there are six steps from the street up to the foyer, or a wheelchair lift from the Leeds Grand Theatre Box Office to the foyer.
  • Lift access is available 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 contact our Box Office for details at boxoffice@operanorth.co.uk or on 0113 223 3600.
  • There are 10 wheelchair spaces: 6 in the Stalls and 4 in the Dress Circle.
  • Accessible toilets are available at Stalls and Dress Circle levels. The accessible toilet at Stalls (ground) level is down the corridor to the right as you enter the foyer, just beyond the lift.
  • 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. Food and drink is not permitted in the auditorium, except for small bottles of water. If you have medicines, food or drink to manage a medical condition, please let us know in advance so we can inform Front of House staff.
  • The venue is open one hour before performances, and you will need to show your ticket on entry to the foyer. There may be bag checks, and you could be asked to leave very large bags in the cloak room, at a cost of £1. This is situated up the first flight of stairs on your right as you enter the dress circle, or Floor 1 in the lift.
  • Find out how to get here and parking information at Leeds Grand Theatre website.

Leeds Town Hall

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  • Wheelchair access to Leeds Town Hall is available through the entrance at ground level at the front of the building
  • A number of spaces in the auditorium are reserved for wheelchair users
  • Accessible toilet facilities are available at all levels
  • Support dogs are welcome
  • The venue is equipped with a closed loop system for the hard of hearing
  • Find out how to get here and parking information at Leeds Town Hall website.

Howard Assembly Room

The Howard Assembly Room is currently closed for redevelopment as part of our Music Works capital redevelopment project and will reopen in 2021.

Access Leeds Theatre Partnership

Opera North is a member of Access Leeds Theatre, a partnership between Leeds Grand Theatre, Northern Ballet, Opera North, Carriageworks Theatre, City Varieties Music Hall and Leeds Playhouse. The partnership provides information about accessible theatre performances in Leeds all in one place to make it easier for visitors to find something they would like to see.

Newsletters are sent out twice a year (via email, post or as audio on CD) listing upcoming events and performances to help ensure that everyone can enjoy a high-quality theatre experience in Leeds.

Download the latest newsletter here as a Word Doc or PDF.

Download the audio version for the audio-described performance listings.

To sign up for the newsletter or for more information, email accessleedstheatre@gmail.com, or call Alice Gilmour on 0113 223 3629.

Get in touch

For further information, please contact our Access Officer, Alice Gilmour:

Email: access@operanorth.co.uk
Phone: 0113 2233629

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