Information for Deaf and hard of hearing people

Captioned performances at the RSC

We offer captioned performances for Deaf and hard of hearing people and a radio system which enhances the stage sound for people with hearing loss. See bottom of page for specific dates and times. 

Captioned performances
We offer captioned performances for all RSC productions. Captioning involves scrolling the text of the play onto an LED screen which is situated near to the stage. This enables people to read the dialogue as the actors speak the words. It is important that when booking for a captioned performance you tell the Box Office so that they can allocate a seat for you where you can see the caption box.

Enhanced stage sound
The Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Swan Theatre has a radio system which gives enhanced stage sound for people who are hard of hearing.

We have four seats available at every performance in the front row of the Royal Shakespeare and Swan Theatre stalls for people with either a visual or a hearing impairment. Please ask the Box Office about the availability of these seats when booking your ticket.

Induction loops
The Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Swan Theatre auditoria are fitted with a loop system as are the cloakroom, Box Office, bar and Stage Door.

Assistance dogs for Deaf people 
Dogs can be taken into the auditorium, but please tell the Box Office when booking your seat if you are bringing your dog. Alternatively you can leave your dog with a member of staff in the foyer, but again please let us know.

There is a semi-integrated sign language performance of The Christmas Truce on Mon 5 January, 7.15pm. In this performance, an interpreter using British Sign Language will be incorporated into the company and will become part of the performance. Suitable for ages 9 years and older.

Captioned Performance Dates

September 2014 - March 2015 Season (Stratford-upon-Avon)

The Witch of Edmonton
Thursday 20 November 2014, 7.30pm

The Christmas Truce
Thursday 15 January 2015, 7.15pm
Saturday 31 January 2015, 7.15pm

There is a semi-integrated sign language performance of The Christmas Truce on Monday 5 January, 7.15pm.

Love's Labour's Lost
Wednesday 4 February 2015, 7.15pm

Love's Labour's Won (Much Ado About Nothing)
Thursday 5 February 2015, 7.15pm

Friday 13 February 2015, 7.30pm
Wednesday 4 March 2015, 1.30pm

The Shoemaker's Holiday
Thursday 8 January 2015, 7.30pm
Saturday 21 February 2015, 1.30pm

Death of a Salesman
Friday 1 May, 7.15pm

Friday 17 July, 7.15pm
Wednesday 12 August, 7.15pm

The Merchant of Venice
Saturday 4 July, 1.15pm
Friday 7 August, 7.15pm

The Jew of Malta
Thursday 14 May, 7.30pm
Wednesday 10 June, 7.30pm

Love's Sacrifice
Friday 29 May, 7.30pm
Tuesday 23 June, 7.30pm

Thursday 27 August, 7.30pm
Saturday 12 September, 1.30pm

Barbican, London

Henry IV Part I
Wednesday 21 January 2015, 7.15pm

Henry IV Part II
Thursday 22 January 2015, 7.15pm

Cambridge Theatre, London

Matilda The Musical
Sunday 14 December 2014, 3pm 
Tuesday 10 February 2015, 7pm
Sunday 12 April 2015, 3pm
Thursday 21 May 2015, 7.30pm

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