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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

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BSL tour: Windsor Castle Precincts

Date: August 5, 2017

Time: 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Location: Windsor Castle

Date: Saturday 05 August
Time: 12:30pm – 2:00pm
Booking fee: £12, booking essential

Deaf presenter John Wilson will lead this tour in BSL of the precincts of Windsor Castle. The tour will discover the history of the Castle from its founding by William the Conqueror to the present day. Your visit also includes a chance to explore the Castle’s State Apartments and St George’s Chapel, independently, once the lecture has finished.

Voiceover will be provided.

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Adventures in Moominland

Start date: June 30, 2017

End date: August 15, 2017

Location: The Southbank Centre

Venue: The Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX London, UK.
Dates with BSL Integrated Interpreted Tours:
Friday 30 June, 6.15pm
Thursday 27 July, 7.15pm
Tuesday 15 August, 6.15pm
Price: £12 – £18
Booking fee: £1.75 (Members £0.00)
Book online: www.southbankcentre.co.uk

Climb into and get lost inside the eccentric world of Moominland as we explore the internationally renowned Moomin stories through the life of its author, Tove Jansson.

Created in Finland, the Moomin stories are set in the fictional land of Moominvalley and centre around several oddly-shaped characters, including Moominpappa, Moominmamma, little Moomintroll and their friends.

Join us on an enthralling journey through our wondrous Moominland – clamber through forests, huddle in caves or set sail on the high seas to try and find the Moomin family. Along the way you can learn how Tove Jansson created these unique landscapes, characters and stories, while uncovering some special original drawings.

Tours run approximately 50 minutes. You can only enter the exhibition at the time on your ticket and latecomers are not admitted. There must be a minimum of one adult for every three children and buggies and large bags are not permitted.

For directions to Adventures in Moominland, please download this PDF map.

Age recommendation: For ages 7+ Not suitable for younger children (including toddlers and babes in arms).

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Discover UCL – Summer School

Start date: August 14, 2017

End date: August 16, 2017

Location: University College London, London, WC1E 6BT

The Discover UCL Summer School is an award–winning programme exclusively for D/deaf and hard of hearing students in Years 11 and 12. The summer school is a three-day residential programme that gives you the chance to find out more about UCL through staying in university halls of residence in the heart of central London, and by taking part in fun, practical and academic sessions at UCL.

About the Summer School:
During the summer school, you will be able to take part in academic taster sessions and hands-on workshops. You will also learn important information about applying to university and the support available to D/deaf and hard of hearing students who choose to go to university. You will also meet D/deaf and hard of hearing graduates who will tell you what you need to know about university, and what they are up to now. In the evening, we have fun activities in London! UCL will provide BSL interpreters throughout the programme and Palantypists for the academic sessions to ensure that you have communication support during the summer school. See what former summer school participants say.

Priority will be given to students who meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Have achieved/are on track to achieve at least five GCSEs at A–C grades, or equivalent qualifications
  • Are studying/planning to study A/S Levels, BTEC, or equivalent level 3 qualifications
  • Will be the first person in their family to attend university
  • Come from neighbourhoods with low overall progression rates to higher education
  • Have parents with nonprofessional occupations

Quick facts:

  • The summer school is free of charge to attend
  • UCL will cover the cost of your travel, accommodation, all meals, and refreshments
  • It runs from Monday 14 – Wednesday 16 August 2017
  • There are 15 spaces available for year 11 and year 12 students
  • You must have 100% attendance at the summer school

Visit website for more info: www.ucl.ac.uk/wp/discover-ucl

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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

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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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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.

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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!

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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.

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Beauty and the Beast poster

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