When wearing the glasses, users will see a transcript of the dialogue and descriptions of the sound from a performance displayed on the lenses of the glasses.
For the first time, service users can experience our productions from any seat in any theatre.
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Glasses designed and manufactured by Epson
Smart caption glasses are the culmination of a 4 year collaboration between the National Theatre and speech and language experts led by Professor Andrew Lambourne
Smart caption glasses are supported by The 29th May 1961 Charitable Trust and the Kirby Laing Foundation
See the guide below for more details of how to book.
If you're booking for multiple productions and require glasses for each performance in your booking, you'll need to add glasses for each performance you've booked.
Smart caption glasses are generally available for performances shortly after the Press Night for each show.
Watch our instructional video to find out how to use the glasses.
Yes you can. Smart caption glasses are adjustable and fit over your glasses.
No, you don't have to book for a captioned peformance. Smart glasses can be booked for any performance listed via the booking links at the bottom of this page.
Please come to Box Office of the theatre for which you have tickets - Lyttelton Thetare Box Office is in the Sackler Pavilion, Olivier Theatre Box Office is on the Stalls floor on Level 2, Dorfman Theatre Box Office is in teh Dorfman foyer. When you arrive staff will be able to assist with picking up your glasses for the performance. Glasses will be available to collect up to 30 minutes before the start of the performance. If possible, drop coats and bags in the cloakroom before collecting your glasses.
For booking enquiries email the Box Office on email@example.com or call 020 7452 3961.
For Access information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7452 3284.
For all other enquiries email email@example.com.
A guide to buying tickets and getting smart caption glasses
If you already have tickets for any of these shows, you can also book Smart Caption Glasses by calling the Box Office on 020 7452 3961.
The final part of Alexander Zeldin’s trilogy that began with Beyond Caring – ‘Unforgettable’ (The Times), followed by LOVE, ‘the National’s play of the year, and then some’ (Evening Standard).
A witty and devastating new play with Lindsay Duncan and Alex Jennings
Tony Award-winning playwright Athol Fugard’s semi-autobiographical masterwork explores the nature of friendship, and the ways people are capable of hurting even those they love.
Following a sold-out run at the Bush Theatre last year, Sarah Gordy returns to play Kelly for a limited run of this radical and heartfelt new play.
Based on the hilariously anarchic, award-winning children’s books by Andy Stanton, who has created the book and lyrics, with music by Jim Fortune
Based on the celebrated novels by Elena Ferrante, My Brilliant Friend is an epic story of love, violence, ambition and self-destruction
In this radical new version, David Hare kidnaps Ibsen’s most famous hero and runs away with him into the 21st century.
A modern myth from the brilliant imagination of Neil Gaiman, recommended for 12yrs+
Roger Allam (Les Misérables, The Thick of It) returns to the National for the first time in a decade to play Rutherford.
A deeply moving and unflinching journey into Australia’s dark history, adapted from Kate Grenville’s acclaimed novel.
Inua Ellams relocates Chekhov’s iconic characters to Nigeria in this bold new adaptation.
Following a sold-out run in 2018, Ian Rickson’s exquisite production of Brian Friel's masterpiece returns.
Andrea Levy’s epic, Orange Prize-winning novel bursts to new life on the Olivier stage.
For the first time, the National Theatre stages Caryl Churchill’s wildly innovative play about a country divided by its own ambitions.