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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


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


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





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