Facilities for Blind and Visually Impaired

See the full list of audio described performances and touch tours, as well as other assisted performances in the 2021 season.


You can now enhance your visit to this website by launching the accessibility toolbar (which is always available to launch via the ‘Accessibility Tools’ button in the top right corner of the website). This toolbar enables you to change the colour scheme, as well as text font style, size, colour and spacing. It also assists the reading of the site with five main tools: ruler, screen mask, magnifier and dictionary. In addition, the screen reader will read aloud website text, giving greater access to our website.


Audio description is a live verbal commentary providing information on the visual elements of a production as it unfolds. It describes action that is essential to the understanding of the story, as well as other visual information such as the style and design, sets, costumes, facial expressions and visual jokes, thereby giving blind or partially sighted individuals a richer experience.

If you have signed up for our pilot Access Online scheme, please ensure that, once you have logged on and selected the Audio Described performance, you select a seat indicated by a star.


In addition to our audio described performances, a free touch tour of the set is available on the same day at 12:30. The touch tour consists of descriptions of the set and an opportunity to feel the fixtures, fittings and textures of the scenery, and to meet some of the actors who will describe their character and costume. If you wish to attend the touch tour before the performance, please inform the Box Office who will be able to give you more information.


Guide dogs are welcome at the Open Air Theatre. Please let the box office know when booking your ticket so that we can arrange an aisle seat, or have someone at hand to take care of your dog. Some of our productions contain loud noises and bright lighting effects. If this is likely to upset your dog please ask for advice when booking your ticket.