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Assisted Performances

The Theatre Royal is committed to making as much of its programme as possible available to deaf, deafened, hard of hearing, blind and partially sighted audiences.


Click here to view a detailed access report for the Theatre Royal compiled by national disabled access guide, DiasbledGo.

Brochures are available in Braille, large print and audio tape from the Box Office. 

Text Relay Service available for deaf patrons, simply call 18001 2442596.

There are eight spaces for wheelchairs in the Stalls. (Please note: you must bring your own wheelchair). One free ticket for the companion of a wheelchair user.


We have a sound enhancement system in the auditorium. Using a headset (with or without a hearing aid) you can boost the volume of the performance. Headsets are bookable at the Box Office, which has an induction loop.


Guide, hearing and other working dogs are welcome in all parts of the theatre.


There is an accessible toilet on all levels of the theatre.


There are two parking spaces for Blue Badge Holders on Shakespeare St. and three spaces on Hood St. Most parking meters are free to Blue Badge Holders.


There is lift access to all levels of the theatre.



One free ticket for the companion of a customer who is unable to attend an event unaccompanied. Patrons will be asked to produce one of the following as validation of status:

- A letter confirming receipt of Disability Living Allowance. 
- A Local Authority Mobility Card/Pass.
- A Disabled Person's Railcard.
- Local Authority Registration Cards for Visual Impairments or certificate.
- Doctor’s note (valid for 6 months)

(If patrons are booking a Wheelchair space, they do not need to show any proof.)


There are a number of Signed, Stagetext Captioned or Audio Described performances, please check the show pages for further information.

The following access performances are available at the Theatre Royal.**


Captioning - CAP
(English text displayed on a unit for deaf or hard of hearing patrons). Click here for more information. View Shows >


Audio Description

Audio Description
(Live commentary via personal headphones for blind or partially sighted people). Click here for more information. View Shows > 


* Please note: access performances are only available on selected performances.

The forthcoming Captioned performances at the Theatre Royal are:

Dial M for Murder Sat 22 Mar, 2.30pm

The Two Worlds of Charlie F Sat 3 May, 2.30pm

Dirty Dancing Thu 15 May 2014, 7.30pm

Cats Sat 5 July, 2.30pm

Top Hat Sat 13 Sept, 2.30pm

Shrek the Musical Sat 21 Mar 2015, 2.30pm

The forthcoming Audio Described performances at the Theatre Royal are:

Dial M for Murder Sat 22 Mar, 2.30pm

Dirty Dancing Fri 16 May 2014, 5pm

Cats Sat 5 July, 2.30pm

Top Hat Sat 13 Sept, 2.30pm

Shrek the Musical Sat 21 Mar 2015, 2.30pm



Tuesday 13 January 2015  1pm

‘Relaxed Performances’ are specifically designed to welcome people with an Autistic Spectrum Condition, learning disability or sensory and communication disorders into theatres to give those who otherwise might feel excluded the chance to experience live theatre.  They have a less formal, more supportive atmosphere in order to reduce anxiety levels.It is a specialist provision created to provide an opportunity for people who would otherwise find it difficult to come to see a show  – for example people who make involuntary noise, or are likely to need to talk a lot, or move around. During a regular performance this can disturb the other audience members, and the show, but at a relaxed performance it’s fine.

Lighting and special effects will be slightly altered - for example removing strobes and flashing lights and reducing very loud noises, however the content of the show will not be specifically changed.

The auditorium may possibly be quite noisy, with people coming in and out –  our ushers are there to support and manage this behaviour, rather than stop it.

For more information about the show, please click here.

Tickets: £8.50 each

For further information please call our Group Sales Team on 08448 11 21 22

Theatre Royal kindly thank Benfield Motor Group for their kind donation.

If you would like to speak to someone about access performances at the Theatre Royal, please call Ian Taylor, House Manager on 0191 244 2514 or email