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

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.

Audio notes

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.

Accessible performances

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

Audio-described performances

Audio-described performances

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.

Signed performances

Signed performances

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.

Captioned performances

Captioned performances

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.

Venue information

Audiences at Leeds Grand Theatre © Tom Arber

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.

Hy Brasil at the Howard Assembly Room © Tom Arber

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 © Robert Workman

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.

Touring venues

For our touring theatres, click on the links below to go to the access information on their websites.

Edinburgh Festival Theatre

Hull New Theatre

Newcastle Theatre Royal

Nottingham Theatre Royal

The Lowry, Salford Quays

For our touring concert halls, click on the links below to go to the access information on their websites.

Hull City Hall

Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham

Sage, Gateshead

Usher Hall, Edinburgh


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