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Opera North is dedicated to providing equal access to all visitors to all our performances.  We are committed to working with our venues to ensure that everyone can enjoy a high quality theatre experience wherever they live and whatever their circumstances.  To this end, we offer audio-described, signed and captioned performances

Accessible Performances

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*). 

Audio described performances for Cinderella

Leeds Grand Theatre Tue 21 Feb 7.00pm Touch tour 5.45pm
Newcastle Theatre Royal Sat 4 Mar 2.00pm Touch tour 12.45pm
The Lowry, Salford Quays Sat 11 Mar 2.00pm Touch tour 12.45pm 
Belfast Grand Opera House Sat 18 Mar 2.00pm Touch tour 12.45pm
Nottingham Theatre Royal  Sat 25 Mar 2.00pm Touch tour 12.45pm

Audio described performances for Hansel & Gretel

Leeds Grand Theatre Sat 25 Feb 2.00pm Touch tour 12.45pm 
Newcastle Theatre Royal Sat 4 Mar 7.00pm No touch tour  
Belfast Grand Opera House Sat 18 Mar  7.00pm No touch tour  
Nottingham Theatre Royal Sat 25 Mar 7.00pm No touch tour 

Audio described performances for Trouble in Tahiti / Trial by Jury

Leeds Grand Theatre Sat 21 Oct 2.15pm Touch tour 1pm (TBC)
Nottingham Theatre Royal Fri 3 Nov 7.15pm Touch tour 6pm (TBC)
Newcastle Theatre Royal Fri 10 Nov 7.15pm Touch tour 6pm (TBC)
The Lowry, Salford Quays Fri 17 Nov 7.15pm Touch tour 6pm (TBC)

Audio described performances for Madama Butterfly

Leeds Grand Theatre Wed 31 Jan 7.30pm Touch tour 6.15pm (TBC)
The Lowry, Salford Quays Thu 8 Mar 7.30pm Touch tour 6.15pm (TBC)
Nottingham Theatre Royal Thu 15 Mar 7.30pm Touch tour 6.15pm (TBC)
Newcastle Theatre Royal Thu 22 Mar 7.30pm Touch tour 6.15pm (TBC)

Audio described performance for Kiss Me Kate

Leeds Grand Theatre Thu 24 May 7.15pm Touch tour 5.45pm (TBC)

Tour dates - TBC

Signed Performances 

Selected Opera North performances are sign interpreted. Hearing impaired audience members qualify for a discount. To book, please call the Box Office (0844 848 2720*) who will be able to seat you in the area with the best view of the signer. 

Signed performances for Hansel & Gretel

Leeds ​Grand Theatre Sat 25 Feb  2.00pm
The Lowry, Salford Quays Wed 8 Mar 7.00pm
Belfast Grand Opera House Wed 15 Mar 7.00pm
Nottingham Theatre Royal  Wed 22 Mar 7.00pm

Signed performance for Kiss Me Kate

Leeds Grand Theatre Sat 26 May 2.15pm

Tour dates - TBC

​Captioned Performances

Selected Opera North performances are captioned which means all the dialogue, including sound effects, is displayed in scrolling text on two screens either side of the stage. To book, please call the Box Office (0844 848 2720*) who will be able to seat you in the best area for viewing the screens. 

Captioned performances for Trouble in Tahiti / Trial by Jury

Leeds ​Grand Theatre Sat 21 Oct 2.15pm
The Lowry, Salford Quays Fri 17 Nov 7.15pm

Captioned performance for Kiss Me Kate

Leeds Grand Theatre Sat 26 May 2.15pm

Tour dates - TBC

*Calls cost 7ppm plus access charge. Alternatively, email   

For additional information regarding access performances, please contact Madeleine Thorne, Community Engagement Manager. 

Venue Information 

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*). 

There are 13 wheelchair spaces: six in the Stalls, four in the Dress Circle and three in the Upper 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.  

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. 

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 

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. 

If you would like any further information on facilities for patrons with disabilities, please call 0113 395 0322. 

Our Touring Venues 

Find access details for Newcastle Theatre RoyalNottingham Theatre Royal website, and The Lowry, Salford Quays

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