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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.

Developed with
support from

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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

Open Access Smart Capture is supported by The 29th May 1961 Charitable Trust and the Kirby Laing Foundation

Introducing Smart Caption Glasses

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

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FAQs

How do I book a pair of caption glasses?

See the guide below for more details of how to book.
Smart caption glasses are now available for performances of Hadestown and War Horse.
From the end of October, members will be able to book glasses for productions in 2019, with public booking opening on 9 November.

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.

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

Present your glasses ticket at the Box Office who will be able to assist with picking up your glasses for the performance. If possible, drop coats and bags in the cloakroom before collecting your glasses. .

Smart caption glasses will be available for the shows listed below

A guide to buying tickets and getting smart caption glasses

  1. Check the availability of glasses and show tickets by following the show links below
  2. Select a preferred show performance on a day when glasses are also available, and add show tickets to your basket
  3. Then Continue shopping and select the smart caption glasses block on the What’s on page (you will then return to this page)
  4. Select the show again from the link below
  5. Select Book now for the glasses option on the same day you have selected your show tickets, select the required quantity of glasses and go to checkout

 

If you already have tickets for any of these shows, you can select the glasses only - just make sure you select the correct date and time.

And you can also book by calling the Box Office on 020 7452 3961.

Forthcoming shows featuring Smart caption glasses

Tartuffe, Follies, Top Girls, Downstate and The Winters Tale.
Public booking opens on Friday 9 November, 8.30am.

Tickets for When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other will be managed via ballot, details are on the show page, found via What's on

Members get access to tickets in advance - see membership benefits and booking dates