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Audio-described performances 

The theatre offers audio-described performances designed to improve the experience of visually impaired and blind attenders. As well as listening to the dialogue on stage, the visually impaired customer wears a headset and listens to a live description of the action on stage, provided by a fully-trained audio-describer. The audio description supplements the voice of the performers by explaining the emotions and actions of each scene, with descriptions only taking place in between dialogue. 

The Royal Exchange Theatre Audio Describer is Anne Hornsby.

The information is relayed using an Infra-red hearing sound enhancement system, which is easily accessed by discreet headsets or neck-loops. These need to be booked via Box Office - 0161 833 9833 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Should you experience any problems with the equipment, please contact one of our front-of-house staff who will do their best to assist.

We have one audio-described performance for each of our Theatre productions. Details of the dates for each production can be found on individual event pages under What's On & Tickets, by using the What's On Calendar on the homepage, using the dropdown calendar below, or by contacting the Box Office 0161 833 9833 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Touch Tours 

The Theatre offers touch-tours one hour before the audio described performance. These tours are an opportunity for patrons to familiarise themselves with the set and costumes, enhancing the enjoyment of a performance. Touch tours should be booked in advance, when booking for the audio-described performance.

Guide Dogs

Guide dogs are welcome within the building. If you wish to attend a performance, a member of staff can care for your dog. Alternatively, depending upon the production, it may be possible for you to take your dog into the performance – please ask the Box Office for further information when booking your ticket.

Programme and Brochures

Our brochure is available in large print, CD and e-mail formats. You can listen to an audio brochure below. Please contact the Marketing Department on 0161 615 6784 for a copy.

For a production programme in large print, please contact the Front-of-house office during your visit to obtain a free copy.

Accessible Performances
  • December 2019
  • Saturday 14 December, 2.30pm & 7.30pm GYPSY Captioned Performances

     

    If you require our BSL, Audio Described or Captioned services, please book directly with Box Office. This is because there are often specific seats, which are held for each show to ensure you have the best experience possible.

    You can call on 0161 833 9833 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    PLEASE NOTE - if a performance is marked as SOLD OUT - there may still be access seats available - so do get in touch.

  • January 2020
  • Saturday 11 January, 2.30pm GYPSY Audio-Described Performance (Audio Describer Anne Hornsby) 

    Tuesday 14 January, 2.30pm GYPSY Relaxed Performance BOOK TICKETS 

    Wednesday 15 January, 7.30pm GYPSY BSL Performance  

    Thursday 23 January, 2.30pm CUTTIN' IT Relaxed Performance BOOK TICKETS

     

    If you require our BSL, Audio Described or Captioned services, please book directly with Box Office. This is because there are often specific seats, which are held for each show to ensure you have the best experience possible.

    You can call on 0161 833 9833 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    PLEASE NOTE - if a performance is marked as SOLD OUT - there may still be access seats available - so do get in touch.

  • March 2020
  • Tuesday 24 March, 2.30pm ROCKETS AND BLUE LIGHTS Relaxed Performance BOOK TICKETS

    Wednesday 25 March, 7.30pm ROCKETS AND BLUE LIGHTS BSL Performance 

    Saturday 28 March, 2.30pm and 7.30pm ROCKETS AND BLUE LIGHTS Captioned Performances

     

    If you require our BSL, Audio Described or Captioned services, please book directly with Box Office. This is because there are often specific seats, which are held for each show to ensure you have the best experience possible.

    You can call on 0161 833 9833 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    PLEASE NOTE - if a performance is marked as SOLD OUT - there may still be access seats available - so do get in touch.

  • April 2020
  • Saturday 4 April, 2.30pm ROCKETS AND BLUE LIGHTS Audio-Described Performance

     

    If you require our BSL, Audio Described or Captioned services, please book directly with Box Office. This is because there are often specific seats, which are held for each show to ensure you have the best experience possible.

    You can call on 0161 833 9833 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    PLEASE NOTE - if a performance is marked as SOLD OUT - there may still be access seats available - so do get in touch.

  • May 2020
  • Tuesday 7 May, 2.30pm WEST SIDE STORY Relaxed Performance BOOK TICKETS

    Wednesday 8 May, 7.30pm WEST SIDE STORY BSL Performance (Interpreter Karl Lorca)

    Wednesday 15 May, 7.30pm WEST SIDE STORY Captioned Performance

    Saturday 18 May, 2.30pm WEST SIDE STORY Audio-Described Performance

     

    If you require our BSL, Audio Described or Captioned services, please book directly with Box Office. This is because there are often specific seats, which are held for each show to ensure you have the best experience possible.

    You can call on 0161 833 9833 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    PLEASE NOTE - if a performance is marked as SOLD OUT - there may still be access seats available - so do get in touch.

  • June 2020
  • Tuesday 16 June, 2.30pm THE GLASS MENAGERIE Relaxed Performance BOOK TICKETS

    Wednesday 17 June, 7.30pm THE GLASS MENAGERIE BSL Performance

    Saturday 20 June, 2.30pm and 7.30pm THE GLASS MENAGERIE Captioned Performances

    Tuesday 23 June, 2.30pm ELECTRIC ROSARY Relaxed Performance BOOK TICKETS

    Wednesday 24 June, 7.30pm ELECTRIC ROSARY BSL Performance

    Saturday 27 June, 2.30pm THE GLASS MENAGERIE Audio-Described Performance

     

    If you require our BSL, Audio Described or Captioned services, please book directly with Box Office. This is because there are often specific seats, which are held for each show to ensure you have the best experience possible.

    You can call on 0161 833 9833 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    PLEASE NOTE - if a performance is marked as SOLD OUT - there may still be access seats available - so do get in touch.

  • July 2020
  • Tuesday 21 July, 2.30pm OH MOTHER Relaxed Performance BOOK TICKETS

    Saturday 25 July, 2.30pm and 7.30pm LET THE RIGHT ONE IN Captioned Performances

    Tuesday 28 July, 2.30pm LET THE RIGHT ONE IN Relaxed Performance BOOK TICKETS

    Wednesday 29 July, 7.30pm LET THE RIGHT ONE IN BSL Performance

     

    If you require our BSL, Audio Described or Captioned services, please book directly with Box Office. This is because there are often specific seats, which are held for each show to ensure you have the best experience possible.

    You can call on 0161 833 9833 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    PLEASE NOTE - if a performance is marked as SOLD OUT - there may still be access seats available - so do get in touch.

  • AUGUST 2020
  • Saturday 1 Saturday, 2.30pm LET THE RIGHT ONE IN Audio-Described Performance

     

    If you require our BSL, Audio Described or Captioned services, please book directly with Box Office. This is because there are often specific seats, which are held for each show to ensure you have the best experience possible.

    You can call on 0161 833 9833 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    PLEASE NOTE - if a performance is marked as SOLD OUT - there may still be access seats available - so do get in touch.