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Smart caption glasses

People wearing Smart Caption Glasses at a performance in the theatre

Smart caption glasses

Smart caption glasses are a revolutionary new way for people with hearing loss to enjoy performances at the National Theatre.

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.

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

FAQs

How do I book a pair of caption glasses?

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 on, or shortly after the Press Night for each show.

How do smart caption glasses work?

Watch our instructional video to find out how to use the glasses.

Can I still wear my glasses when using smart caption glasses?

Yes you can. Smart caption glasses are adjustable and fit over your glasses.

Do I have to book a captioned performance to be able to book or use smart caption 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.

Where do I collect my glasses when I arrive at the theatre?

You will be informed of the collection point for the theatre for which you have tickets. 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 60 minutes before the start of the performance.

How can I find out more about smart caption glasses?

For booking enquiries email the Box Office on [email protected] or call 020 7452 3961.
For more information about the glasses or our access provisions please email  [email protected].

Smart caption glasses will be available for the shows listed below

A guide to buying tickets and getting smart caption glasses

  1. Follow the show links below for performance listings where smart caption glasses will be offered
  2. Select a performance and add show tickets to your basket
  3. Then on the next page (/your-tickets), the smart caption glasses will be offered to add to your basket (subject to availability)
  4. Continue shopping or go to checkout

 

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.

After Life and smart caption glasses

Written by Jack Thorne, from a concept by Bunny Christie, Jeremy Herrin and Jack Thorne comes a surreal and powerfully human look at the way we view our lives, adapted from Hirokazu Kore-eda's award-winning film.

After Life performances from 12 June

Under Milk Wood and smart caption glasses

Michael Sheen, Karl Johnson and Siân Phillips feature in the acting company breathing new life into Dylan Thomas’ poetic masterpiece. Lyndsey Turner directs.

Under Milk Wood performances from 26 June