Skip to main content

Facilities for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People

Captioned performances
For Guys & Dolls: Wednesday 20 November at 7.30pm
For Richard II: Friday 2 May at 7.30pm

Captioning is a way of converting the spoken word into visible text that provides d/Deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people with access to live performances along with their family and friends. Our captioned performances are also aimed at those whose first language is not English.

We will have a captioned performance for all Bridge Theatre productions and a block of seats is reserved to ensure a good view of the caption box or boxes. Captioned shows are provided by STAGETEXT.

Assisted listening

We have an innovative digital radio frequency system for assisted listening and audio description. Our Sennheiser radio receivers give you access to assisted listening and, at certain performances, audio description.

Devices are available to be collected from the theatre Box Office with inner ear or outer ear headphones or induction neck loops. We recommend patrons bring their own headphones if they prefer, which must have an 3.5mm jack to work with our devices.

How To Use

1. Plug in your headphones or induction neck loop

2. Channels can be selected via the central button on the device:
– Channel 1 is for assisted listening only
– Channel 2 is for assisted listening and audio description
– Channel 3 is for audio description only
(Audio description is only available at certain performances)

3. Adjust your volume via the dial

You can also download a more detailed guide to using our assisted listening system.

Hearing dogs

Assistance dogs are welcome in all spaces of the Bridge Theatre. Please let us know when booking so that we can arrange an aisle seat for you and tell you about any loud noises or special effects that might affect your dog’s comfort. Alternatively, you can leave your dog in the care of our hospitality team.

In the case of an emergency, if it is safe to do so, we will try to reunite a dog with its owner prior to evacuating the building. If this is not possible, staff will bring your dog to the appropriate assembly point.