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Types of Performances

Types of Performances

Creating theatre for everyone


This includes:

  • Electric wheelchair accessible lifts to all floors
  • 8 accessible toilets, a changing place and family cubicles
  • 8 accessible wheelchair spaces in both the Quarry and Courtyard theatres (more usually available on request), and accessible spaces available in the Bramall Rock Void
  • Transfer seats with removable arms and an inhouse wheelchair available to borrow by prior arrangement through Box Office
  • 8 level access parking spaces on Playhouse Square, run by Leeds City Council
  • Guide dogs and Hearing Dogs for the Deaf are very welcome (please let Box Office know when booking seats)
  • Hearing loop in our Box Office, Bar and Front Room Cafe. Our meeting rooms have portable hearing loops. We offer an assisted hearing and amplification service in each auditoria. This is an infra-red system which requires a headset, available from Box Office
  • Low counters in the bars, cafĂ© and Box Office

Types of accessible performances



What is a captioned performance?

Open captioning allows theatre goers with varying degrees of hearing to view the full text as it is spoken or sung, including sound effects and off stage noises. These appear on a scrolling screen, positioned on or at the side of the stage.
Who is it for?
Captioning can be helpful to those who use English as a second language and for most audiences when interpreting difficult dialects within shows, as well as deaf and hard of hearing audiences. To use this service book your seats through Box Office and they will advise you on the best seating to view the caption units.


What is an audio described performance?

Audio Described performances are designed to improve the experience of visually impaired and blind attendees. As well as listening to the dialogue on stage the customer can wear a headset and listen to a live description of the action on stage. The description only happens in between dialogue and supplements the voices of the performers in explaining the emotions and action of each scene.
How do I use it?
To use this service simply ask Box Office to book you a headset when you book your tickets for any of our Audio Described shows. We also offer customers a touch tour which takes place on set before the show.

British Sign Language Interpreted

What is a BSL interpreted performance?

A Signed performance is the usual full production with the addition of a British Sign Language Interpreter who stands on the stage interpreting the show for Deaf attendees.
How do I use it?
If you wish to use this service please let the Box Office know and they will advise you on the best seating to view the Interpreter or take your details and let you know at the beginning of the show run.

Relaxed Performance

What is a relaxed performance?

A relaxed performance is a specially selected show from our programme, with slight adaptations to make it suitable for an audience of young people or adults with learning disabilities. This may include extra lighting, additional wheelchair spaces and the freedom to move to alternative seating if required. A relaxed performance always includes a relaxed attitude to noise (voluntary and involuntary) in the auditorium.
How do I use it?
All bookings are taken direct through Box Office where access requirements can be discussed at the time of booking.

Dementia-Friendly Performance

What is a dementia-friendly performance?

We work with groups and individuals living with dementia to make events as accessible as possible, with adaptations to technical aspects of the show, flexible seating options and a relaxed attitude to audience responses and movement in the auditorium. In our front of house space we have a quiet room, clearer visual markers and signage, and additional staff and volunteers trained to sensitively and respectfully welcome people living with dementia and their supporters to this show.
How do I use it?
You can register your interest in this show by emailing When tickets go on sale, all bookings will be taken direct through Box Office (not online) where access requirements can be discussed at the time of booking.

Parent & Baby
What is a parent & baby performance?

A Parent and Baby performance enables parents to attend the theatre with their baby (under 12 months). We make small adaptations to the lighting and sound effects, including keeping the auditorium lights slightly raised. The seating is unallocated and there is a relaxed attitude to noise.
How do I use it?
You can book for a Parent and Baby Performance online, over the phone or in person at our Box Office. If you have any questions about Parent and Baby Performances please get in touch with our Box Office team.

Accessible performances are sponsored by Irwin Mitchell



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Major funders
Arts Council England Leeds City Council The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation
Principal Capital and Families Partner
Caddick Developments
Principal Capital and Access Partner
Irwin Mitchell Solicitors