Dementia friendly performances are 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.

Upcoming Dementia Friendly Performances


By Georges Bizet
Leeds Grand Theatre | Tuesday 26 October 2021, 1.30pm  

This scorching new production of one of the most popular operas ever written will take you deep down into a world where desire and hot-blooded passion reign supreme… Carmen is a strong woman doing what she can to survive in a poor frontier town, manipulating and seducing the men who try to control her. But when one man’s obsession turns to wild jealousy, the consequences are shocking.

Bizet’s flamenco-infused music overflows with emotion and unforgettable melodies including the ‘Habanera’ and Toreador Song.

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“You had thought of everything – from signage, helpful & sympathetic staff, to even covering the mirrors in the cloakrooms. A totally dementia friendly world.”
– Audience member (Dementia Friendly La Bohème 2019)


Approximately 2hrs 40 mins, including a 30-minute interval

Sung in French with English titles on either side of the stage

How to book
Call the Box Office on 0113 223 3600, or complete our online booking form. 

Read our COVID-19 guidance here


What to expect

· Bright lighting and loud noises will be reduced.

· The lights in the theatre will remain on low.

· A relaxed attitude to people leaving and returning whenever they need to.

· An information pack will be sent in advance with an easy-to-read synopsis and guide to the theatre.

· Quiet spaces will be available if people need a break.

· There will be clear signs and friendly staff on hand to help.

· You can ask to have empty seats around your booking.


Will there be accessible parking or drop off points?

There are drop off points outside Leeds Grand Theatre and a variety of car parks within walking distance. All travel and parking information will be supplied in your pre-show information pack.

How do I book?

Call the Box Office on 0113 223 3600, or complete our online booking form. Postal options are also available.

Where are the toilets?

There are accessible toilets at the back of the Stalls and Dress Circle levels.

How will I receive our tickets?

You can choose to receive e-tickets or collect your tickets from the Box Office prior to the performance for free. We also offer postal delivery for £1.

Will we be able to navigate around the theatre easily?

There will be additional signage and visual markers in our front of house areas to help you find your way around the venue more easily as well as a designated meeting point in case anyone cannot find their way back their seat or companions.

What Covid-19 measures will be in place?

Covid-19 measures will be in place, in line with advice and guidance from the UK Government, the NHS, and the World Health Organisation. These will be adjusted as the guidance changes. For more information on our current measures please see our Covid-19 audience guidance page.

Will the staff be dementia friendly trained?

Yes, all front of house staff and volunteers will have attended a Dementia Friends information session and taken part in in-house training. If you need any help, look for a volunteer wearing a pale blue t-shirt, or a member of Leeds Grand Theatre staff who wear black.

Will it be easy to follow the action on stage?

The opera will be sung in French, with English surtitles displayed on large screens at either side of the stage. You will receive a synopsis with pictures in the pre-show information pack and there will be a presenter who will welcome you at the start of the performance and do a short recap before the second half.

Where is the most accessible place to sit?

The Stalls has flat access available and good leg room. The Dress Circle has lift access and one row of flat access, and the rest of the seating requires use of steps. Call our Box Office team on 0113 223 3600 who are happy to talk through seating options with you.

Will the production involve explicit content?

Bright lighting and loud noises will be reduced for this performance, but there will be some violence and drug-use shown on stage.

Will we be seated close to other customers?

You can request the seat next to you to remain unsold if you feel the need to have a little more personal space. Talk to our Box Office team who can arrange this for you in advance.

What if we can’t sit through the whole performance?

There will be a relaxed attitude to people needing to leave or return to the auditorium during the show and designated quiet areas for a break. Low lighting will remain on in the auditorium during the performance so you will be able to see what is going on around you.

Can I get a complimentary essential companion ticket?

All tickets are £15 each and as we’re offering all tickets at a subsidised rate, the free essential companion tickets are unavailable for this performance.

Will there be places to buy food or drink?

Tea, coffee and ice-creams will be available to buy in both bar areas during the interval which you can choose to pre-order.


Are there any additional benefits for group bookings?

We offer an extended reservation period for group bookings with payment due one month before the performance and 1 complimentary group organiser ticket with bookings of 10+.

What time will the show finish?

The show will finish around 4.30pm and we recommend you allow plenty of time to exit the theatre when planning your return transport.

Get in touch

For more information about our accessible performances contact:
Phone: 0113 2233629


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