Access performances

We offer captioned and audio described performances along with touch tours to enhance your experience at the theatre. We do this for all our productions.

Audio described performances
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, available from the desk in the theatre foyer.

You can also 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 access@rsc.org.uk.

Audio introductions
The audio introduction for Richard II is also available to listen to in mp3 format or read as text: read the notes or use Soundcloud to listen or download:

Find out about other services for patrons with access needs including:

  • Reduced ticket prices
  • Reserved front row seating
  • Parking
  • Touch Tours
  • Bringing assistance dogs to the theatre
  • Enhanced stage sound
  • Induction loops

Richard II

by William Shakespeare

Barbican Theatre
9 Dec 2013 to 25 Jan 2014

Encore screenings of Richard II are now being broadcast worldwide.

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