We offer a range of Accessible Performances throughout the year which provide unforgettable experiences for everyone, enabling customers who may benefit from additional support to enjoy live theatre in a friendly and welcoming environment.
Audio described performances
Audio description offers a live verbal commentary providing information on the visual elements of the performance as it unfolds. It describes action that is essential to an understanding of the plays story, as well as describing the design of the set, facial expressions and visual jokes that a blind or partially sighted member of the audience might otherwise miss. Our audio description operates through a Sennheiser infrared system. Live commentary can be heard through a stethoset style receiver, personal headphones (headphones must have a 3.5mm jack) or via a hearing aid when set to the T position and used in conjunction with our infra-red loop pendant receiver. Read our Headset Guide for full instructions.
Captioning coverts the spoken word on stage into text that is displayed on captioning units positioned at the side of the auditorium. The actors’ words will appear on display as they are spoken or sung much like subtitles on tv. The names of characters speaking, sound effects and off stage noises are also shown.
Caption boxes are positioned in the Stalls, Grand Circle and Upper Circle levels and are best viewed from selected seats, please contact our Box Office for further information. Seats will be held for caption users and released for general sale subject to price band availability, so we encourage anyone wishing to use the captions to book as early as possible to avoid disappointment.
Touch Tours give blind and partially sighted audience members the opportunity to explore the stage, set and physical elements of a production prior to an audio described performance. Participants of the Touch Tour will be met by the audio describer and members of the Newcastle Theatre Royal team and guided around the set to interact with props, costumes and members of the production company. Assistance dogs, a companion or personal assistant are welcome to join you during the touch tour.
Sign language interpreted performances
During a Sign Language Interpreted (BSL) performance, an interpreter will give a sign interpretation of what is being spoken or sung by the actors on stage. The interpreter stands at the front of the stage, to one side, allowing audience members to view both the interpreter and the production. For some performances, the interpreter will be integrated into the performance and will appear alongside the actors.
Relaxed performances are perfect for any theatregoer or family who would benefit from a more relaxed environment. These performances allow for noise and movement in the auditorium, re-entry when needed and a special chill-out space for patrons who may need time away during a show.
Many theatregoers find these performances more relaxing and enjoyable for lots of reasons. This would include families with young children, as well as customers with autism, a learning disability, dementia, anxiety or other medical condition which mean sitting or concentrating for long periods of time without moving can be difficult.
Lighting and special effects are slightly altered, with strobe and flashing lights being removed and very loud noises being dulled or omitted, however the content of the show remains the same. There may be more noise or chatter in the auditorium than for other performances.
Additional facilities such as the relaxed room or TV monitor in the foyer may also be available for individuals who need a break from the auditorium.
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The Book of Mormon Sat 25 Jun 2022, 2.30pm (AD, CAP & pre-show Touch Tour)
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Sat 8 Oct 2022, 2.30pm (AD, CAP & pre-show Touch Tour)
Northern Ballet The Little Mermaid Sat 29 Oct 2022, 2.30pm (AD & pre-show Touch Tour)
Orpheus Sat 5 Nov 2022, 7pm (AD, CAP & pre-show Touch Tour)
An Inspector Calls Sat 12 Nov 2022, 2.30pm (AD & pre-show Touch Tour)
Cinderella Thu 8 Dec 2022, 7pm (BSL)
Cinderella Sun 11 Dec 2022 & Wed 11 Jan 2023, 12 noon (Relaxed Performance)
Cinderella Tue 13 Dec 2022, 7pm (AD & CAP)
Scottish Ballet The Snow Queen Sat 4 Feb 2022, 2.30pm (AD & pre-show Touch Tour)
The Mousetrap Sat 11 Feb 2023, 2.30pm (AD, CAP & pre-show Touch Tour)
Ariadne auf Naxos Fri 24 Mar 2023, 7pm (AD & pre-show Touch Tour)
Strictly Ballroom Sat 6 May 2023, 2.30pm (AD & CAP)