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National Theatre Captioned Performances

Start date: June 26, 2017

End date: June 26, 2018

Location: The National Theatre

Venue: The National Theatre, Upper Ground, London, SE1 9PX
Price: £16 (plus companion at same price) or £15 for Travelex shows (plus companion at same price)
Book online: www.nationaltheatre.org.uk (captioned-performances)

Each season we have at least two captioned performances of every production at the National Theatre. This season includes: Pinocchio, Follies, Jane Eyre and Angels in America, to name a few. To find out more about what we have on for you this season visit: www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/access

  • Free synopsis available to all bookers
  • Infrared audio headsets and personal neck loops available
  • Script-lending service
  • Assistance dogs are welcome and can be taken into the auditoriums
  • Contego wireless audio amplification available on Backstage Tours
  • Free parking in the NT car park for Blue Badge holder attending performances

>> More information and book your tickets – tap here

BSL interpreted tour: Royal Mews

Date: August 19, 2017

Time: 11:30am - 12:30pm

Location: Buckingham Palace

Date: Saturday 19 August
Time: 11:30am – 12:30pm
Booking fee: £5.80, booking essential

Join a guided tour of the Royal Mews and discover more about this unique location and its important role during royal and state occasions.

British Sign Language interpretation will be provided by Steve Hudson

>> More information and book your tickets – tap here

BSL interpreted tour: Clarence House

Date: August 19, 2017

Time: 4:15pm - 5:15pm

Location: St James's Palace

Date: Saturday 19 August
Time: 4:15pm – 5:15pm
Booking fee: £6, booking essential

Explore the ground-floor rooms of the official London home of The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall. British Sign Language interpretation will be provided by Steven Hudson.

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Joan Clevillé Dance’s Plan B for Utopia at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Start date: August 21, 2017

End date: August 27, 2017

Time: 10:30am

Location: Pleasance Courtyard

Venue: Pleasance Courtyard, Pleasance 2 (venue 33)  60 Pleasance, EH8 9TJ
Date: 21-27 Aug, 10.30am
Price: £10/£12
Book Online: www.pleasance.co.uk

BSL Integration by Yvonne Strain on 24 Aug, 10.30am

You have a plan, and then you don’t. You have a dream, and then you wake up. You fall in love, and your heart gets broken. The question is: do you pick up the pieces and try again?’ Mixing dance, theatre and storytelling with a good dose of humour, Plan B for Utopia is a show about how we choose to live our lives: about having a dream, giving it up and trying again, but, above all, it’s a story about friendship.

‘Laugh out loud, serious, profoundly silly… joy from start to finish’ ★★★★  Skinny.

Large print programmes and fixed induction loops are available. Please ask at box office.

If you have any questions about access please contact access@joanclevilledance.com / 07502225825

>> More information and book your tickets – tap here

Open Air Theatre – Regent’s Park

Start date: June 22, 2017

End date: September 8, 2017

Time: 7:45pm

Location: Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
Jesus Christ Superstar 2016. Photo: David Jensen.

Tickets are now on sale for captioned performances taking place this summer at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.

Don’t miss their biggest dance musical yet, On The Town (22 June, 7.45pm), featuring Danny Mac in the role made famous on screen by Gene Kelly.

This is followed by a new play adaptation of Charles Dickens’ epic story A Tale of Two Cities (4 August, 7.45pm), directed by Timothy Sheader, with 2016’s Olivier Award-winning production of Jesus Christ Superstar (8 September, 7.45pm) returning to conclude the season.

Heart-stopping theatre in this truly unique outdoor venue makes for a perfect evening to share with family and friends.

>> Tap here for more information and book your tickets

BSL Tours: Shakespeare’s Birthplace & The Site of Shakespeare’s New Place

Date: September 8, 2017

Time: Multiple Time Slots

Location: Shakespeare's Birthplace & The Site of Shakespeare's New Place

Shakespeare’s Birthplace & The Site of Shakespeare’s New Place
Date: Friday 8th September
Price: £11.50 per site (maximum of one companion free) or £15.75 for both
Time Slots: Shakespeare’s Birthplace 10am & 12pm
Shakespeare’s New Place 2pm & 4pm
Maximum 12 people per slot


The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is pleased to offer four BSL Tours around ​Shakespeare’s Birthplace and the Site of Shakespeare’s New Place​ on ​Friday,  the 8th September. Tours will be given by a fully qualified BSL interpreter.

To Reserve a place please visit our website: www.shakespeare.org.uk or visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace or The Site of Shakespeare’s New Place. Tickets can be purchased on the day, subject to availability.


Date: September 9, 2017

Time: 2:30pm

Location: The Orchard Theatre, Dartford

Signed performance Saturday 9 September 2.30pm

Venue: The Orchard Theatre, Dartford, DA1 1ED
Book online: www.orchardtheatre.co.uk
Ticket Office: 01322 220000

The international smash hit musical comedy Hairspray the Musical is coming to Dartford!

Baltimore, 1962. Tracy Turnblad is a big girl with big hair and an even bigger dream: to dance her way onto national TV, and into the heart of teen idol Link Larkin. Tracy’s audition makes her a local star and soon she is using her new-found fame to fight for integration. But can she win equality – and Link’s heart – without denting her ‘do?

The cast includes Matt Rixon (Cinderella, Casa Valentina,The Ladykillers)Norman Pace (Hale & Pace, Annie Get Your Gun, One Man Two Guvnors, The Rocky Horror ShowBrenda Edwards(The X Factor, Chicago, We Will Rock YouLayton Williams ( Billy Elliot, Thriller Live, Lord of The Flies UK Tour, The Car Man), Rebecca Mendoza and Jon Tsouras ( A Chorus Line, White Christmas, Jesus Christ Superstar, Legally Blonde). 

Featuring the hit songs Welcome To The 60s, You Can’t Stop The Beat, The Nicest Kids in Townand many more.

Don’t miss this irresistible feel-good show that is guaranteed to have you dancing the night away. Let your hair down and book now!

>> More information and book your tickets – tap here

What the Ladybird Heard – West End debut

Start date: July 5, 2017

End date: September 10, 2017

Location: Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue

What the Ladybird Heard


The BSL performance will be open to all, but will be signed by the British Sign Language interpreter for families and children with hearing impairments. The interpreter will be integrated into the show and so will move around the stage with the performers.


Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks’ best-selling picture book What the Ladybird Heard make its West End debut this summer at the Lyric Theatre Shaftesbury Avenue on 5 July and runs until 10 September for a limited summer season.

Two crafty robbers, one tiny ladybird, and a whole farmyard of fun! Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len have a cunning plan to steal the farmer’s fine prize cow. But they reckon without the tiniest, quietest creature of all: the Ladybird has a plan of her own!

Join the woolly sheep, the hairy hog, the fat red hen and the dainty dog in this glittering stage adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks’ colourful farmyard adventure. With live music, puppetry, plenty of audience participation and lots of laughs, this production is the perfect treat for all the family.  

Julia Donaldson is one of the most popular writers of children’s books today; her titles include The GruffaloThe Gruffalo’s Child and Room on the Broom. Other titles by Donaldson and Scheffler include The Snail & the WhaleA Squash and a SqueezeThe Smartest Giant in Town and The Tales from Acorn Wood series.

Take advantage of the ACCESS rate for the BSL performance on Thursday 13 July 11am.

Call Access on 0330 333 4815 or email access@nimaxtheatres.com

Or for standard booking information click below:

>> Book now via telephone: 0330 333 4812

>> Book your tickets online – tap here

BSL interpreted tour: Buckingham Palace Garden Highlights

Date: September 15, 2017

Time: 9:30am and 12:00pm

Location: Buckingham Palace

Date: Friday 15 September
Time: 9:30am – Garden Highlights tour; 12:00pm – Entry into the State Rooms
Booking fee: £19, booking essential

This British Sign Language interpreted tour will explore the most remarkable features of the beautiful gardens of Buckingham Palace. The tour includes the Herbaceous Border, the wisteria-clad summer house and the Rose Garden, the enormous Waterloo Vase and the Palace tennis court.

Your ticket includes a visit to the Buckingham Palace Summer Opening at 12:00pm on 15 September. A video multi-media guide in BSL is available.

>> More information and book your tickets – tap here

Dundee Rep – August: Osage County

Start date: August 29, 2017

End date: September 16, 2017

Time: 2:00pm

Location: Dundee Rep Theatre, Dundee

Venue: Dundee Rep Theatre, Dundee
Date: 29 Aug – 16 Sept 2017
Time: 2:00pm
Price: £9/£12
Book Online: www.dundeerep.co.uk

BSL Integration 16th September 2017 – 2:00pm

This Scottish Premiere is the winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play. Tracy Letts’ August: Osage County will be performed by the Rep’s award-winning Ensemble and directed by newly appointed Artistic Director, Andrew Panton.

A fiercely funny tragi-comedy set in Oklahoma, this roller coaster American drama explores the complex relationships that exist between blood ties. The dysfunctional Weston family are brought together after the disappearance of their patriarch, Beverly. Once reunited they quickly resort to their old destructive patterns and the family splinter once again, more broken than before, with secrets and lies uncovered that have been hidden for years bringing tensions to boiling point.

The cast of thirteen will deliver an explosive script that takes them through troubled past relationships, drug addiction, blood ties and inescapable pasts. This contemporary American family drama will thrill, shock and tear at the heart but it won’t be long before it raises a stream of raucous laughter.

Humour and heartache are in abundance during this family reunion.

If you liked Little Miss Sunshine, The Royal Tenenbaums, and The Descendants you’ll love August: Osage County!

>> More information and book your tickets – tap here

Toneelgroep Amsterdam: After the Rehearsal/Persona

Start date: September 20, 2017

End date: September 30, 2017

Time: 7:45pm

Location: Silk St, London EC2Y 8DS

After the Rehearsal/Persona

Performed in Dutch with English subtitles

Two Bergman screenplays are reimagined for the stage in a double bill about the chaotic lives of theatre people, exposing the fine line between art and reality, illness and normality.

After the Rehearsal: For Hendrik Vogler, a director obsessed by his work, rehearsals are like notes in his diary, performances his autobiography. Everything is subject to his control yet it soon becomes apparent that life cannot be kept at bay when ex lover Rachel and Anna, her daughter and his current star, breach his sanctum.

Persona: Celebrated actress Elisabeth Vogler falls mute and retreats into silence. It’s as though a short circuit has occurred, calling into question the roles she must play. She is cared for in hospital by nurse Alma who then accompanies her to an island summerhouse in an attempt to coax her into speaking again. Tension between the two builds.

Having recently directed illuminating versions of the classics at the Barbican, including Antigone and Kings of War, Ivo van Hove presents uncompromising, intimate human drama. Counting Bergman among his favourite filmmakers because he shows us ‘in all our inimitable complexity,’ he directs four actors from his Dutch ensemble on a set that transforms from the sparse to the scenically breathtaking.

After the Rehearsal/Persona is one of three Toneelgroep Amsterdam productions directed here by Ivo van Hove in 2017. See Roman Tragedies in March and Obsession in April

Duration: 2 hours 50 mins/including an interval

Age guidance: 14+

Ticket and theatre information – tab here

Email enquiry: tickets@barbican.org.uk

BSL lecture: Restoring Windsor Castle after the fire

Date: November 11, 2017

Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Location: Windsor Castle

Date: Saturday 11 November
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Booking fee: £12, booking essential

Deaf presenter John Wilson will give a lecture in BSL about the dramatic battle to stop the flames during the Windsor Castle fire in 1992. Learn how irreplaceable works of art from the Royal Collection were saved and the subsequent restoration project at Windsor. Your visit also includes a chance to explore the Castle, independently, once the lecture has finished.

Voiceover will be provided.

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Date: November 22, 2017

Time: 7:30pm

Location: The Orchard Theatre, Dartford


Signed performance Wednesday 22 November 7.30pm

Venue: The Orchard Theatre, Dartford, DA1 1ED
Book online: www.orchardtheatre.co.uk
Ticket Office: 01322 220000

“THE No.1 GREATEST MUSICAL!” 100 Greatest Musicals, Channel 4

He’s the one that you want! Tom Parker, from the UK’s top boy band The Wanted, is to star in his first ever theatrical role as ‘bad boy’ Danny in Grease, the No.1 greatest musical.

Also starring Over The Rainbow winner Danielle Hope as Sandy and EastEnders’ & Strictly Come Dancing’s Louisa Lytton as Rizzo, this original, electrifying West End production lights up The Orchard Theatre in November 2017 for one week only.

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The REP’s Introduction to Directing Course for D/deaf and Disabled Artists

Start date: September 13, 2017

End date: November 22, 2017

Location: Birmingham

The REP and the Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme (RTYDS) have today launched an ‘Introduction to Directing‘ course for West Midlands based new and emerging D/deaf and disabled directors in autumn 2017. The course will offer an amazing opportunity for anyone that has considered a career in directing or already has some experience but has faced barriers from pursuing it further.

We are aware that for a long time D/deaf and disabled artists have faced barriers accessing mainstream training and opportunities that would aid their career progression. The course will be an introductory look at the toolkit you will need to pursue a career in theatre as well as a showcase of your work to an invited audience at the end. It is also a great opportunity to meet, work and learn from the in-house arts team at the REP.

The course will include weekly workshops with professional theatre directors and practitioners from both The REP and beyond focussing on the skills and resources individuals need to take work from the page to the stage and to continue to develop their craft.

The first workshop will begin on the evening of Wednesday 13 September 2017 and will run every week for 10 weeks culminating in a sharing of participants work to an invited audience.

All access requirements (i.e. BSL interpreter, etc) will be met.

>> See link for more information and how to apply – tap here

Beauty & the Beast – A fully BSL integrated panto!

Start date: December 1, 2017

End date: December 31, 2017

Time: Various

Location: Cast, Waterdale, Doncaster, DN1 3BU

Venue: Cast in Doncaster
Date: 1-31 December 2017
Price: Tickets £19.50
Off Peak performances 50p off
Concessions £3 off all performances
Family of four ticket from £64
Groups 10+ £16, Groups 30+ £15 (off peak performances only)
Book Online: www.castindoncaster.com
Book by Telephone: 01302 303959

Doncaster’s traditional family pantomime returns in 2017 even bigger and more spectacular than ever!

Featuring breath-taking special effects, glittering sets, stunning costumes and all your favourite songs, this perfect festive treat is sure to make your spirits soar!

Relive one of the most enchanting and magical stories of all time as Cast brings this timeless classic to life for all the family.

All performances will be BSL interpreted by an integrated signer/performer. 

  • Audio Described Performance Sunday 17 December, 3pm
  • Captioned Performance Thursday 28 December 6pm
  • Relaxed Performances Thursday 14 December 10am & Friday 29 December, 6pm

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Beauty and the Beast poster

British Sign Language Classes at Summerside School 2017/2018

Start date: September 4, 2017

End date: July 19, 2018

Time: 4:00pm - 6:45pm

Location: Summerside School, London

SIGNATURE Level 1: This basic course is for anyone interested in communication with Deaf people. It is particularly useful for anyone with Deaf friends, relatives, neighbours or colleagues. You will begin to recognise and use a range of signs which will be enough for you to engage in simple conversations and inspire you to learn more! We have courses for level 1 starting on Monday 11th September 2017 – 16th July 2018

Monday 4.00pm – 5.45pm
Tuesday 5.00pm – 6.45pm

COURSE FEE £380.00 (£220.00 conc.) this price includes exams. Please pay in full to secure your place. If you entitled to pay concession prices please photocopy and send proof of evidence.

SIGNATURE LEVEL 2: This intermediate course is aimed at people who have completed level 1 and want to extend their communication with Deaf people.

The course will enable learners to develop skills and abilities to achieve a level of competence for progression and further learning. Applicants for this course will have to attend an interview to assess their suitability. Interviews will be held on Monday afternoon 4th or 5th September and on Thursday 7th September 2017. The course starts on Thursday 14th September 2017 – 19th July 2018.

Cheques to be paid after interviews.

COURSE TIMES Thursday 4.00pm – 6.30pm

COURSE FEE £650.00 (£325.00 cons) this price includes exams.

Summerside School,
N12 0QU.

Telephone: 020 8343 6184
Email: admin@summerside.barnet.sch.uk

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