One of the aims of the Theatre Royal Plymouth Regeneration Project in 2013 was to greatly improve accessibility, this included:

  • Accessible toilets on all four floors – including The Lab in the basement (radar key required)
  • No external steps to the front entrance
  • Steps replaced by a ramp and a lift on the ground floor
  • All counters have a lower section for wheelchair users

For patrons who are unable to attend performances unless accompanied; upon purchase of a ticket, an additional seat is available free of charge for the companion (for most shows).

When available, programme notes for audio described performances will be available two days before the performance and are available to download on the relevant show page.

For more specific information relating to disability access at the Theatre Royal Plymouth, please see the Disabled Go website.

On Stage Touch Tour

On-Stage Touch Tours are available on request and are ideal for patrons who are wheelchair users or have a visual or sight impairment. Lasting approximately one hour, they offer patrons an opportunity to be on-stage in both the The Lyric and The Drum to enjoy a sensory experience of sound and lighting effects, together with a chance to handle both props and costumes. Please call our Box Office on 01752 267222 if you wish to come along to this tour.

Assisted Performances (Captioned, Signed or Audio Described):


Audio Described
Sat 14 May 2.30pm

Sat 14 May 7.30pm

Guys and Dolls

Audio Described
Thu 2 Jun 2.30pm

Thu 2 Jun 7.30pm


Audio Described
Sat 11 Jun 2:30pm

Sat 11 Jun 7:30pm

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Audio Described
Sat 18 Jun 2.30pm

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Audio Described
Sat 25 Jun 2.30pm


Audio Described
Thu 21 Jul 2:30pm

Sat 23 Jul 2:30pm

Mary Poppins

Tue 16 Aug 7.30pm

Audio Described
Thu 18 Aug 2.30pm

Thu 25 Aug 7.30pm

The Glen Miller Story

Audio Described
Fri 09 Sep 7:30pm

Sat 10 Sep 2:30pm

The Sound of Music

Audio Described
Thu 15 Sep 7:30pm

Sat 17 Sep 2:30pm

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Audio Described
Wed 04 Jan 7pm
Sat 07 Jan 2.30pm

Fri 06 Jan 7pm
Fri 13 Jan 2.30pm

Thu 05 Jan 7pm
Saturday 14 January 2.30pm

Relaxed performance (audio described and signed)
Thursday 12th January 12.30pm

Mamma Mia

Audio Described
Thu 2 Feb 2017 2:30pm
Sat 18 Feb 2017 2:30pm

Sat 11 Feb 2017 7:30pm
Thu 16 Feb 2017 2:30pm

Frequently Asked Questions about assisted performances

How do I hear sound enhancement or Audio Descriptions?

Patrons can pick up a receiver approximately one hour before performances. Receivers come complete with headphones and will be tuned for either audio enhancement or audio description. Receivers with a neck loop attachment are available for patrons wearing hearing aids with a T setting. The system works using an infra-red signal. When booking your tickets, please let Box Office know if you plan to borrow a headset, as they can advise you on the best seats to receive a strong signal. Audio enhancement is available for all shows in The Lyric. Please see above for upcoming audio described performances.

What is Audio Description?

It is the art of translating visual images into verbal ones, carefully avoiding any interpretations.

How is it Audio Description done?

From a sound proof room at the back of the stalls. The describer watches the stage and simultaneously with the action, the description is relayed directly to anyone in the auditorium who is wearing a headset.

What is described?

Details that have a visual element – the action on stage – body language, facial expressions, all integrated as succinctly as possible so as not to impinge on dialogue or song. Ten minutes before curtain up the describer will relay programme notes. These include some background to the production, the cast list and a description of scenery and costumes.

What is caption?

Caption performances cater for a large number of people with a hearing loss for whom infra red systems and sign language interpretation are not completely satisfactory.

How is caption done?

A skilled operator inputs dialogue and sound effects, which is then transmitted to LED screens in the auditorium, positioned to the left and right of the stage.

What is signed?

A visual means of translating the spoken or sung word, using BSL (British Sign Language) and gestures for the deaf or hard of hearing.

What is a Sign Interpreted Performance?

A BSL interpreter will stand on the stage and give a sign interpretation of the text sung or spoken by the actors and singers on the stage. The signer will usually stand stage left.

The Theatre Royal Plymouth strives to make our facilities and performances as accessible to as wide an audience as possible. If you need communication support or more information, please contact the Theatre Manager on 01752 230318 or e-mail