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 when you arrive who 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7452 3961.
For Access information email email@example.com or call 020 7452 3284.
For all other enquiries email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A guide to buying tickets and getting smart caption glasses
If you already have tickets for any of these shows, you can select the glasses only - just make sure you select the correct date.
For both booking paths, please ignore the 12pm time - booked glasses will be available to collect from 30 mins prior to the performance you are attending.
And you can also book by calling the Box Office on 020 7452 3961.
Individual audio headsets give the audience intimate access to events as they unfold over one evening, in East Berlin.
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Roger Allam (Les Misérables, The Thick of It) returns to the National for the first time in a decade to play Rutherford.
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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.