Tell me about BSL Interpreted and Captioned Performances

We provide accessible performances for all Main Stage Nottingham Playhouse Company Productions. Take a look at our Seating Plan to find out which seats we recommend for viewing the BSL interpreter and Caption Board, or using an enhanced hearing headset.

British Sign Language Interpreted Performances

Provided for people for whom British Sign Language is their first language. The interpreter usually stands slightly in front of the stage, lit by a single spotlight and faces the front.

Captioned Performances

Provided for Deaf, hard of hearing or deafened people. Captioning converts spoken word into text and is presented on screens at either side of the stage. The text scrolls at the same pace as the actors speak.

Enhanced Hearing Headsets

For those with partial hearing loss, Sennheiser Infrared Enhanced Hearing headsets are available. We have two types of separate headsets; one that works with hearing aids and one that works without.
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(Left) The neck loop is worn like a necklace, which creates an induction loop for hearing aid users with the “T” position. When wearing the loop, patrons are able to hear the sound in the performance via their hearing aids. Volume can be adjusted using the dial at the front.

(Right) This headset is for patrons without hearing aids and is worn to amplify all the sound in the auditorium. Volume can be adjusted using the dial at the front.On specific Audio Described performances, a live verbal commentary providing an explanation of the visual information can also be heard through the headset.

Please reserve your headset with the Box Office when booking.

Assistance Dogs are always welcome: please advise the Box Office when booking.

For any more information please contact Rebecca on


Red Ellen

BSL Interpreted: Fri 16 Oct, 7.30pm
Captioned: Sat 17 Oct, 2.30pm

A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story

BSL Interpreted: Fri 13 Nov, 7.30pm
Captioned: Sat 14 Nov, 7.30pm

Beauty and the Beast

BSL Interpreted: Thu 17 Dec, 7.30pm; Sat 19 Dec, 2.30pm
Captioned: Wed 16 Dec, 7.30pm

Jack and the Beanstalk

BSL Interpreted: Tue 15 Dec, 10.45am; Thu 31 Dec, 10.30am
Captioned: Tue 15 Dec, 10.45am; Thu 31 Dec, 10.30am

Choir Boy

BSL Interpreted: Fri 26 Feb, 7.30pm
Captioned: Sat 27 Feb, 7.30pm


For all Nottingham Playhouse Company Productions, patrons who require a companion to enable their visit will receive the second ticket for free.

To book any of our accessible performances simply click on the performance date you wish to attend, call our Box Office on 0115 941 9419 or email If you are using the BSL interpretation, caption board or booking a headset for hearing enhancement, take a look at our Seating Plan before booking. Please note we hold some seats in this area for patrons requiring the BSL interpretation and Captioning which may not appear available online, contact us to find out more.