Audio-Described Performances

Audio description is a live commentary received inconspicuously via a small individual headset. Interleaved between the dialogue, singing or music it provides a succinct description of the key visual elements of the performance.

Audio descriptions start approximately 15 minutes before each dedicated performance when they provide a brief introduction to the set, characters and costumes. If you prefer, with some venues it can also be sent to you in advance.

Audio descriptions are available for specific, advertised performances. For further information and to book tickets please contact the venue directly. For your additional information, the date and time of the scheduled audio described performance appears underneath the title.





The Royal Shakespeare Company: The Magician's Elephant

20th November 2021 at 13.15

and 30th November 2021 at 19.15

Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

A magician conjures an elephant from the sky, setting off a chain of events so remarkable, so impossible, that it changes life in this quiet and lonely town forever

Website: https://www.rsc.org.uk/the-magicians-elephant

Box Office: 01789 331111

Royal Shakespeare Company: Matilda

21st November 2021 at 15.00

The Cambridge Theatre, London


Matilda the Musical is the stage musical based on the 1988 children's novel of the same name by Roald Dahl.. The musical centres on Matilda, a precocious 5-year-old girl with the gift of telekinesis, who loves reading, overcomes obstacles caused by her family and school, and helps her teacher to reclaim her life.

Website: https://lwtheatres.co.uk/theatres/cambridge

Booking Office. Telephone lines are currently closed.For further information please contact access@lwtheatres.co.uk


Robin Hood

12th December 2021 at 16.00

and 8th January 2022 at 14.00

Oxford Playhouse Theatre, Oxford

Feared by the bad, loved by the good, taking from the rich to give to the poor. Robin Hood and his Merry Band are our favourite outlaws, especially when they treat us to songs, dance, laughter, and derring-do

Website: https://www.oxfordplayhouse.com

Box Office: 01865 305305


Cinderella

18th December 2021 at 14.00

The Princess Theatre, Torquay

The story of a beautiful girl and her two ugly sisters, who with the help of a fairy godmother finds true love with the prince of her dreams. A Christmas pantomime for all the family.

Website: https://www.atgtickets.com/shows/cinderella/princess-theatre-torquay

Access Bookings 0333 009 5399


The Play What I Wrote

29th December 2021 at 19.30

and 30th December 2021 at 14.30

Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Hamish has written a play set in the French revolution called "A Tight Squeeze for the Scarlet Pimple”. Sean on the other hand wants to continue with their double act. He believes that if they perform a tribute to Morecambe and Wise, Hamish's confidence will be restored and the double act will go on. . But first Sean needs to persuade a guest star to appear in the play.....


Website: https://www.birmingham-rep.co.uk


Access: 0121 236 4455 email: access@birmingham-rep.co.uk.


Telephone: 0333 270 924





Snow White

30th December 2021 at 19.00

Sunderland Empire Theatre

Join them on a magical pantomime adventure deep into the enchanted forest for Christmas 2021. With a beautiful princess, a jealous Wicked Queen, seven bumbling dwarfs, a naughty nurse, a hilarious jester - not forgetting a poisoned apple and a Magic Mirror!

Website: https://www.atgtickets.com/venues/sunderland-empire

Box Office/ Enquiries: 0844 871 7627


Wolf Witch Giant Fairy

2nd January 2022 at 13.15

Royal Opera House (Linbury Studio)


In the far-away land of fairy tales is a magical wood full of fantastical creatures, enchanted folk and tall pines stretching as far as the eye can see. Here, the trees see wonders as numerous as their branches – lovers in peril, witches on broomsticks, wolves in disguise… you never know what you might find.

Website: https://www.roh.org.uk

Booking Office: 0207 304 4000

The Snowman

8th January 2022 at 15.00

Birmingham Repertory Theatre


When a young boy’s snowman comes to life on Christmas Eve, the two set off on a night-time quest for adventure. They meet Father Christmas, dancing penguins, reindeer and crowds of The Snowman’s friends, but will they escape evil Jack Frost and get back home for Christmas morning?

Website: https://www.birmingham-rep.co.uk

Access: 0121 236 4455 email: access@birmingham-rep.co.uk.

Telephone: 0333 270 924


Goldilocks and The Three Bears

12th January 2022 at 14.00

and 15th January 2022 at 14.30

Birmingham Hippodrome

Dame Betty Barnum and her daughter Goldilocks’ circus is under threat from an evil rival circus owner and, with the help of their madcap circus friends, they’re battling to rescue their Big Top from ruin. Will they succeed? All seems lost, until three brilliant bears join the gang…

Website: https://www.birminghamhippodrome.com

Access Booking Office: 0121 689 1060

Van Gogh Alive

16th January 2022 at 13.00 and 15.00

18th and 19th January 2022 at 15.00

Media City Plaza, Salford Quays

Prepare to transcend time and space as you accompany Van Gogh on a journey through the Netherlands, Arles, Saint Rémy and Auvers-sur-Oise, where he created many of his timeless masterpieces.

Website: https://vangoghaliveuk.com/mediacity

Booking Office, Quay Tickets: 0343 208 0500


Beauty and the Beast

2nd February 2022 at 19.30

Sunderland Empire Theatre

Spectacularly reimagined using the latest theatrical innovations, this beloved ‘tale as old as time’ will be brought to life on stage like never before…

Website: https://www.atgtickets.com/venues/sunderland-empire

Box Office/ Enquiries: 0844 871 7627

Don Quixote - Birmingham Royal Ballet

5th February 2022 at 14.30

The Lowry, Salford Quays

In a new production created especially for Birmingham Royal Ballet, Don Quixote introduces us to Cervantes’ famous knight himself, lovers Kitri and Basilio, and a host of supporting characters. As the Don sets out on a quest to track down his true love, with his loyal friend and servant Sancho Panza at his side, he finds himself embroiled in an unlikely adventure of love and dreams.

Website: https://thelowry.com

Box Office: 0343 208 6000

Don Quixote - Birmingham Royal Ballet

26th February 2022 at 14.30

Birmingham Hippodrome

In a new production created especially for Birmingham Royal Ballet, Don Quixote introduces us to Cervantes’ famous knight himself, lovers Kitri and Basilio, and a host of supporting characters. As the Don sets out on a quest to track down his true love, with his loyal friend and servant Sancho Panza at his side, he finds himself embroiled in an unlikely adventure of love and dreams.

Website: https://www.birminghamhippodrome.com

Access Booking Office: 0121 689 1060

The School of Rock

16th March 2022 at 19.30

The Theatre Royal, Norwich

Wannabe rock star Dewey Finn is cast out by his dive-bar bandmates and finds himself in desperate need of cash. Posing as a substitute music teacher at an elite prep school, he exposes his students to the rock gods he idolises, transforming them into a mind-blowing rock band.

Website: https://norwichtheatre.org

Box Office: 01603 630 000



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Madam Butterfly - Welsh National Opera

19th March 2022 at 19.15

The Wales Millennium Centre

On the surface a dream-like wedding for a groom and his young, beautiful bride - but behind the façade is a cruel reality.Abandoned and betrayed, Butterfly finds her world crashing around her as her one chance for freedom becomes her prison. Her desperation and pain escalate as she fights for survival with devastating consequences.

Website: https://www.wmc.org.uk

Telephone information line 02920 63 64 64Email:

Ticketing enquiries: tickets@wmc.org.uk



Beauty and the Beast

20th March 2022 at 14.30

Birmingham Hippodrome

Spectacularly reimagined using the latest theatrical innovations, this beloved ‘tale as old as time’ will be brought to life on stage like never before…

Website: https://www.birminghamhippodrome.com

Access Booking Office: 0121 689 1060

Madam Butterfly - Welsh National Opera

26th March 2022 at 19.15

The Theatre Royal, Milton Keynes


On the surface a dream-like wedding for a groom and his young, beautiful bride - but behind the façade is a cruel reality.Abandoned and betrayed, Butterfly finds her world crashing around her as her one chance for freedom becomes her prison. Her desperation and pain escalate as she fights for survival with devastating consequences.

website: https://www.atgtickets.com/venues/milton-keynes-theatre

Telephone: 0333 009 6690


Madam Butterfly - Welsh National Opera

2nd April 2022 at 19.15

Bristol Hippodrome

On the surface a dream-like wedding for a groom and his young, beautiful bride - but behind the façade is a cruel reality.Abandoned and betrayed, Butterfly finds her world crashing around her as her one chance for freedom becomes her prison. Her desperation and pain escalate as she fights for survival with devastating consequences.

Website: https://www.atgtickets.com/venues/bristol-hippodrome

Telephone:0844 871 7615



The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

2nd April 2022 at 14.30

Birmingham Hippodrome

Fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain. He is exceptional at maths, while everyday life presents some barriers. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and he distrusts strangers. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbour’s dog, it takes him on a journey that upturns his world.

Website: https://www.birminghamhippodrome.com

Box Office: 0844 338 5000

Access Booking Office: 0121 689 1060


Madam Butterfly - Welsh National Opera

9th April 2022 at 19.15

The Theatre Royal, Plymouth

On the surface a dream-like wedding for a groom and his young, beautiful bride - but behind the façade is a cruel reality.Abandoned and betrayed, Butterfly finds her world crashing around her as her one chance for freedom becomes her prison. Her desperation and pain escalate as she fights for survival with devastating consequences.

Website: https://theatreroyal.com

Box Office: 01752 267222 – Monday–Saturday, 10am–5pm

Email: boxoffice@theatreroyal.com



Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat

9th April 2022 at 14.30

Birmingham Hippodrome

The London Palladium the sensational brand-new production of Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat comes to the Birmingham Hippodrome for just two weeks!. The show features songs that have gone on to become pop and musical theatre standards, including Any Dream Will Do, Close Every Door To Me, Jacob and Sons, There’s One More Angel In Heaven and Go, Go, Go Joseph.

Website: https://www.birminghamhippodrome.com

Box Office: 0844 338 5000

Access Booking Office: 0121 689 1060



Madam Butterfly - Welsh National Opera

23rd April 2022 at 19.15

Birmingham Hippodrome


On the surface a dream-like wedding for a groom and his young, beautiful bride - but behind the façade is a cruel reality.Abandoned and betrayed, Butterfly finds her world crashing around her as her one chance for freedom becomes her prison. Her desperation and pain escalate as she fights for survival with devastating consequences.

Website: https://www.birminghamhippodrome.com

Box Office: 0844 338 5000

Access Booking Office: 0121 689 1060


Mamma Mia!

14th May 2022 14.30

Birmingham Hippodrome

From West End to global phenomenon, MAMMA MIA! is Judy Craymer’s ingenious vision of staging the story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs with a sunny, funny tale of a mother, a daughter and three possible dads unfolding on a Greek island idyll.

Website: https://www.birminghamhippodrome.com

Box Office: 0844 338 5000

Access Booking Office: 0121 689 1060



Madam Butterfly- Welsh National Opera

14th May 2022 at 19.15

The Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

On the surface a dream-like wedding for a groom and his young, beautiful bride - but behind the façade is a cruel reality.Abandoned and betrayed, Butterfly finds her world crashing around her as her one chance for freedom becomes her prison. Her desperation and pain escalate as she fights for survival with devastating consequences.

Website: https://www.mayflower.org.uk

Box Office: 02380 711811.



Waitress

21st May 2022 at 14.30

Birmingham Hippodrome

Meet Jenna, a waitress and expert pie-maker who dreams of some happiness in her life. When a hot new doctor arrives in town, life gets complicated. With the support of her workmates Becky and Dawn, Jenna overcomes the challenges she faces and finds that laughter, love and friendship can provide the perfect recipe for happiness.

Website: https://www.birminghamhippodrome.com

Box Office: 0844 338 5000

Access Booking Office: 0121 689 1060


The School of Rock

24th May 2022 at 19.30

The Orchard Theatre, Dartford

Wannabe rock star Dewey Finn is cast out by his dive-bar bandmates and finds himself in desperate need of cash. Posing as a substitute music teacher at an elite prep school, he exposes his students to the rock gods he idolises, transforming them into a mind-blowing rock band.

Website: https://orchardtheatre.co.uk

Box Office: 0343 310 0033


Singing in the Rain

11th June 2022 at 14.30

Birmingham Hippodrome

Journey back to the glamour of Hollywood during the roaring 20’s. Silent movie star Don Lockwood has it all, a string of hit films and a studio-engineered romance with the most beautiful actress in town. What Don doesn’t know is that the silver screen is about to find its voice, and a chance meeting with a talented young chorus girl set to steal his heart promises to change both Don, and Hollywood, forever.

Website: https://www.birminghamhippodrome.com

Box Office: 0844 338 5000

Access Booking Office: 0121 689 1060


The Cher Show

18th June 2022 at 19.30

The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

From a young kid with big dreams, to the dizzying heights of global stardom, The Cher Show tells the incredible story of Cher’s meteoric rise to fame, flying in the face of convention at every turn.

Website: https://marlowetheatre.com

Box Office: 01227 787787


We Will Rock You

16th July 2022 at 14.30

Birmingham Hippodrome

The worldwide smash hit musical by Queen and Ben Elton returns. The multi-million-pound show dazzles all the senses in breath-taking style. Guaranteed to blow your mind, this musical phenomenon is not to be missed!

Website: https://www.birminghamhippodrome.com

Box Office: 0844 338 5000

Access Booking Office: 0121 689 1060