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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone 0113 223 3629.
We provide audio notes for all our productions. These describe the set and costumes, the story, the cast list and creative team, and list the dates and venues of the audio-described performances. They are available on our production pages under Accessible Information, and also from the Audio Described performances section below.
We offer audio-described, signed and captioned performances. Click on the icons below to see a list of upcoming dates and venues.
An audio described performance is where blind or partially-sighted customers can borrow a headset to hear a live description of what’s happening visually on the stage as it happens.
A sign-interpreted performance is the normal full production with the addition of a British Sign language interpreter signing from the side of the stage for deaf customers who use BSL.
A captioned performance is where customers with varying levels of hearing can view the full text as it is sung or spoken displayed on two screens either side of the stage, including sound effects and off-stage noises.
Dementia Friendly performances
A Dementia Friendly performance is tailored for people with dementia and their families or carers, so that they can enjoy live performance in an environment that is comfortable and supportive.
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
Find out how to get here and parking information at Leeds Grand Theatre website.
Download a printable version of this information:
Leeds Grand Theatre and Howard Assembly Room Access Information (Word doc)
Leeds Grand Theatre and Howard Assembly Room Access Information (.pdf)
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
The Venue is equipped with a closed loop system for the hard of hearing
If you would like any further information on facilities for patrons with disabilities, please call 0113 395 0322
Find out how to get here and parking information at Leeds Town Hall website.