Information for people with visual impairments

Visitors enjoying a touch tour

We offer audio described performances, and Touch Tours before audio described performances to enhance your experience at the Theatre. See bottom of page for specific dates and times. 

Audio described performances
We offer audio described performances for all productions in Stratford-upon-Avon. 

Audio description is a live commentary giving details of all the visual aspects of a production. The commentary is interspersed with the actors' dialogue. Before the play begins you can hear an introduction to the production which gives details of the set, costumes and characters. The commentary is delivered via radio headsets, which are available from the Box Office.

Visit the individual show pages for links to the introductions, or you can get the introductory notes on CD sent to your home to listen to before you come to the theatre. Please ask for this service when you book your tickets or email These CDs are also available to listen to if you come to a performance. Please note that they will not be available for the first four weeks of the production.

Touch Tours
These allow you to get close to the set, costumes and props used in the play. During a tour backstage, the audio describer will guide you through important props and character costumes used in the production. Touch Tours are kindly supported by the RSC Friends. These tours are free - to book a place please call 01789 403436. 

Guide dogs
Guide dogs can be taken into the auditorium, but please tell the Box Office when booking your seat that 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.

Improving visibility
We have four seats available at every performance in the front row of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre 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.

Audio described performance dates

Summer 2014 Season (Stratford-upon-Avon)

Henry IV Part I
Saturday 21 June, 1.15pm (Touch Tour 11.15am)
Friday 29 August, 7.15pm (Touch Tour 5.15pm)

Henry IV Part II
Sat 28 June, 1.15pm (Touch Tour 11.15am)
Sat 30 August, 7.15pm (Touch Tour 5.15pm)

The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Sat 2 August, 7.15pm (Touch Tour 5.15pm)
Fri 15 August, 7.15pm (Touch Tour 5.15pm)

The Roaring Girl
Fri 6 June, 7.30pm (Touch Tour 5.30pm)
Sat 19 July, 1.30pm (Touch Tour 11.30am)

Arden of Faversham
Sat 12 July, 1.30pm (Touch Tour 11.30am)
Sat 6 September, 7.30pm (Touch Tour, 5.30pm)

The White Devil
Sat 23 August, 7.30pm (Touch Tour 5.30pm)
Sat 27 September, 1.30pm (Touch Tour 11.30am)

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

The Witch of Edmonton
Sat 15 November 2014, 1.30pm (Touch Tour 11.30-12noon)
Thu 27 November 2014, 7.30pm (Touch Tour 5.30pm-6pm)

The Christmas Truce
Sat 10 January 2015, 7.15pm (Touch Tour 5.15pm-5.45pm)
Sat 24 January 2015, 1.15pm (Touch Tour 11.15am-11.45am)

Love's Labour's Lost
Sat 22 November 2014, 1.15pm (Touch Tour 11.15am-11.45am)
Wed 11 March 2015, 7.15pm (Touch Tour 5.15pm-5.45pm)

Love's Labour's Won (Much Ado About Nothing)
Tue 13 January 2015, 7.15pm (Touch Tour 5.51pm-5.45pm)
Thu 12 March 2015, 7.15pm (Touch Tour 5.15pm-5.45pm)

Fri 27 February 2015, 7.30pm (Touch Tour 5.30pm-6pm)
Tue 3 March 2014, 7.30pm (Touch Tour 5.30pm-6pm)

The Shoemaker's Holiday
Sat 7 February, 1.30pm (Touch Tour 11.30am-12noon)
Mon 16 February, 7.30pm (Touch Tour 5.30pm-6pm)

Newcastle Theatre Royal

The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Fri 10 October, 7.30pm (Touch Tour 5.30pm - 6pm)

Henry IV Part I
Mon 29 September, 7.30pm (Touch Tour 5.30pm - 6pm)

Henry IV Part II
Tue 30 September, 7.30pm (Touch Tour 5.30pm - 6pm)

Barbican, London

Henry IV Part I
Fri 2 January 2015, 7.15pm (Touch Tour 5.15pm)

Henry IV Part II
Sat 3 January 2015, 7.15pm (Touch Tour 5.15pm)

Aldwych Theatre, London

Wolf Hall
Monday 9 June, 7.30pm

Bring Up the Bodies
Tuesday 10 June, 7.30pm

Cambridge Theatre, London

Matilda The Musical
Thursday 31 July 2014, 7.30pm (Touch Tour 5.30pm – 5.55pm)
Friday 17 October 2014, 7.30pm (Touch Tour 5.30pm – 5.55pm)
Saturday 13 December 2014, 2.30pm (Touch Tour 12.30pm – 12.55pm)



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