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Audio-described performances

Audio description is a live commentary interspersed with the actors' dialogue. This is relayed via a headset linked to the infra-red audio system. There is a short 'programme notes' session, before the production, which explains the atmosphere, costumes, characters and action. Programme notes will be sent by email in advance.

A Touch Tour is for blind and partially-sighted customers to familiarise themselves with the set ahead of the performance. 

See below for forthcoming audio-described performances.

Email: [email protected] for details

Touch Tours

We offer a free touch tour for every audio-described production, usually before a matinee. You can feel the set, props and costume and familarise yourself with the voices of the actors and audio describer. Let us know if you need a member of staff to accompany you. Guide dogs are welcome on set.  

To join a touch tour, phone 020 7452 3961.

What is an Audio Described Performance?

Join Yusuf on a touch tour and audio-described performance of Mosquitoes.

More info

National Theatre Access List

To book specific Access allocations online (wheelchair spaces, best seats for captioned performances) and tickets at the Disabled concessionary rate, subscribe to our Access List. Find more information, and the sign-up form here.
Access List members should log in before selecting tickets.

We hold an allocation of seats for blind and partially-sighted customers. You can also book a free Touch Tour ahead of the performance.

Email: [email protected]

We have an allocation of tickets held for members of our access list and if any performances listed below are shown as “Sold Out”, tickets may still be available: Please log in to your account to access them or call Box Office on 02074523961

After Life

Audio Described
Touch Tour at 12.30pm
After Life After Life After Life


Dorfman Theatre

Not yet on sale

Under Milk Wood

Audio Described
Touch Tour at 12 noon
Under Milk Wood Under Milk Wood Under Milk Wood


Olivier Theatre

Not yet on sale

Under Milk Wood

Audio Described
Touch Tour at 12 noon
Under Milk Wood Under Milk Wood Under Milk Wood


Olivier Theatre

Not yet on sale

After Life

Audio Described
Touch Tour at 12.30pm
After Life After Life After Life


Dorfman Theatre

Not yet on sale