Accessible Performances

Captioned, Audio Described, BSL & Relaxed performances at Storyhouse

Caption Subtitles 

Captioned performances have a live transcription of the show’s dialogue and lyrics, as well as a description of any sound effects and music in the play, in English on a screen at the side of the stage.

Captioning is a service for hearing-impaired or deaf people. People for whom English is not their first language can also find captioning beneficial.

Simply select or request the ‘Captioned Screen Best View’ option when booking your seats.


Audio Description 

Audio Description is a live commentary of what is taking place on stage and a description of anything visual, whether it be an entrance or action of a character, a set change or a lighting feature.

Audio description is a service for visually-impaired or blind people, who listen to the commentary through headsets, which can be collected on arrival at the theatre.

Although the signal for the headsets works throughout the auditorium, we advise on selecting seats in the Circle, Rows B & C (around seats 1-12). These seats are close to an aisle and on the auditorium closest to the lift, so should offer very good accessibility. Rows A & C are one step up and one step down respectively – Event Stewards will be happy to show you to your seats and help anyone who requires assistance.

Before an Audio Described performance, audience members can attend a Touch Tour, allowing blind and visually impaired people to familiarise themselves with the set and costumes of the production.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show Friday 3 March  5.30pm
Touch Tour – 4.30pm


BSL – British Sign Language Interpreted 

British Sign Language interpreted performances are for anyone who is deaf or hearing impaired who use British Sign Language.

A BSL interpreter will stand at the side of the stage, interpreting the performance live.

Simply select or request the ‘BSL Interpreter View’ option when booking these seats.

Romeo and Juliet – Sunday 3 July  4.30pm

Little Women – Sunday 10 July  12pm

Stig of the Dump – 22 July – 29 August 
Stig of the Dump will see Stig and Barney being played by deaf actors, and an integrated signer as part of every show.

Stig of the Dump –Storytelling through Physical Communication – Saturday 16 July  1pm

The Rocky Horror Picture Show Wednesday 1 March  8pm

Relaxed Performances 

A Relaxed Performance is a modified version of the show, where loud sound effects are reduced, the house lights are kept up, and other adjustments are made to make a more inclusive and calm atmosphere.

Relaxed Performances are open to anyone who would benefit from a relaxed, non-judgemental atmosphere, including (but not only) people with an Autism Spectrum Condition; people with learning difficulties; people with sensory or communication difficulties; parents with young babies; and anyone who feels they would benefit from it.

Audience members are free to move around the auditorium and come and go as they wish, and there will be a Chill Out area nearby for anyone who would like to make use of it.

The cast will introduce themselves ahead of the show so audiences get an idea of who they will be seeing on stage. There will also be a Social Story available on request, which tells you what you can expect from the show.

Book whatever seats you think will be best for you, and if you want us to make any extra provisions, please let us know.



All of these tickets can be booked:

  • Online – simply select the seats you want
  • Over the phone by calling 01244 409 113 (press option 1)
  • In person at Storyhouse

If you require a carer or companion to accompany you to the theatre, you are more than welcome to do so. Simply request this when booking in person or over the phone, or join our Access Register to be able to do so online.

Click to join our Access Register, which will allow you to be able to book a Free Carer or Companion ticket online.

Click to see a photo from the stage in the auditorium.

Click for more information about accessibility at Storyhouse, and to see our latest accessible cinema screenings.


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Taking place before an Audio Described performance, audience members can attend a Touch Tour, allowing blind and visually impaired people to familiarise themselves with the set and costumes of the production.

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