Caption and audio described performances

We offer Audio Described and Captioned performances for visually and for deaf and hearing impaired patrons for all productions.

Captioned performance date: Friday 3 May 2013, 7.15pm (buy tickets)

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 described performance dates:
Thursday 2 May 2013, 7.15pm (Touch Tour 5.15 - 5.45) (buy tickets)
Saturday 4 May 2013, 1.15pm (Touch Tour 11.15 - 11.45) (buy tickets)

Audio introductions
The audio introduction for The Empress is also available to listen to in mp3 format or read as text. Use Soundcloud to listen or download:

Find out about other services for visually impaired patrons, including:

  • Touch Tours
  • Bringing guide dogs to the theatre
  • Seats for people with visual or hearing impairment

The Empress

by Tanika Gupta

Swan Theatre
11 April - 4 May 2013

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