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

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

The Witch of Edmonton
Thursday 27 November 2014, 7.30pm (Touch Tour 5.15pm-6pm)
Listen to or read the audio introduction for The Witch of Edmonton

The Christmas Truce
Saturday 10 January 2015, 7.15pm (Touch Tour 5.00pm-5.45pm)
Saturday 24 January 2015, 1.15pm (Touch Tour 11.00am-11.45am)

Love's Labour's Lost
Saturday 22 November 2014, 1.15pm (Touch Tour 11.00am-11.45am)
Wed 11 March 2015, 7.15pm (Touch Tour 5.00pm-5.45pm)

Love's Labour's Won (Much Ado About Nothing)
Tuesday 13 January 2015, 7.15pm (Touch Tour 5.00pm-5.45pm)
Thursday 12 March 2015, 7.15pm (Touch Tour 5.00pm-5.45pm)
Saturday 14 March 2015, 7.15pm (please note there is no Touch Tour for this performance)

Friday 27 February 2015, 7.30pm (Touch Tour 5.15pm-6pm)
Tuesday 3 March 2014, 7.30pm (Touch Tour 5.15pm-6pm)

The Shoemaker's Holiday
Saturday 7 February, 1.30pm (Touch Tour 11.15am-12noon)
Monday 16 February, 7.30pm (Touch Tour 5.15pm-6pm)

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

Death of a Salesman
Friday 24 April, 7.15pm (Touch Tour 5pm-5.45pm)
Saturday 2 May, 1.15pm (Touch Tour 11am-11.45am)

Friday 10 July, 7.15pm (Touch Tour 5pm-5.45pm)
Saturday 25 July, 1.15pm (Touch Tour 11am-11.45am)

The Merchant of Venice
Wednesday 29 July, 7.15pm (Touch Tour 5pm-5.45pm)
Saturday 22 August, 1.15pm (Touch Tour 11am-11.45am)

The Jew of Malta
Saturday 23 May, 1.30pm (Touch Tour 11.15am-12noon)
Saturday 27 June, 7.30pm (Touch Tour 5.15pm-6pm)

Love's Sacrifice
Saturday 13 June, 1.30pm (Touch Tour 11.15am-12noon)
Wednesday 17 June, 7.30pm (Touch Tour 5.15pm-6pm)

Friday 14 August, 7.30pm (Touch Tour 5.15pm-6pm)
Saturday 5 September, 1.30pm (Touch Tour 11.15am-12noon)

Barbican, London

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

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

Listen to or download audio introductions for Henry IV, Parts I and II.

Cambridge Theatre, London

Matilda The Musical
Saturday 13 December 2014, 2.30pm (Touch Tour 12.30pm – 12.55pm)
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)
Thursday 12 February 2015, 7.30pm (Touch tour 5.30pm – 5.55pm)
Saturday 11 April 2015, 2.30pm (Touch tour 12.30pm – 12.55pm)
Friday 22 May 2015, 7.30pm (Touch tour 5.30pm – 5.55pm)

Listen to or download the audio introduction for Matilda The Musical.

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