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Dementia Friendly Performances

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.

In the performance, any bright lighting or loud noises will be reduced. The lights in the theatre will remain on low, and there will be a very relaxe attitude to people leaving and returning whenever they need to, with quiet spaces available if people need a break. You can ask to have empty seats around your booking, and there will be clear signs and friendly staff on hand to help.

How to book

To book tickets, to discuss your requirements, or for more information, please our Box Office team on 0113 2233600, or email

Alternatively, you can also download and complete the booking form as a Word doc or PDF and return it to us by post or email.  Please note, booking online is not available for this performance.

All tickets are £15. Group bookings welcome with a free ticket for bookings of ten or more.

An information pack will also be sent in advance, including:

  • Easy to read picture synopsis
  • How to get to the theatre
  • Ice-cream pre-order forms

Dementia friendly opera | La bohème

Opera North is a member of the Dementia Action Alliance and is a dementia friendly organisation. We’re thrilled that our first ever dementia friendly performance compliments ‘Music for Dementia 2020,’ a national campaign that highlights the positive social impact music has on those living with dementia.

Leeds Grand Theatre Thursday 24 Oct 2019 2.30pm

The performance will last approximately 2 hours 30 mins and will include a longer interval.

The story

Rodolfo and his friends are free-spirited artists, living in poverty amongst the garrets and cafés of Bohemian Paris. One cold Christmas night, Rodolfo’s neighbour Mimì comes to his door in search of a light. Their passionate love will change his life, but can it survive until spring comes?

Set in the bustling clubs and cafés of early-60s Paris, Phyllida Lloyd’s vibrant and joyous production is back with a new international cast. One of the best-loved of all operas, Puccini’s tale of tragic romance is told through gloriously moving music that perfectly captures both the overwhelming rush of love at first sight, and the utter devastation of love lost.

Sébastien Guèze as Rodolfo and Gabriela Iştoc as Mimì in La bohème, 2014 © Robert Workman

Download a printable Word doc version of this information:
Dementia Friendly Performances (19/20 Season)



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