Audio Description & Touch Tours


Opera: music, costumes, set. We want you to experience it all. 

And with our Audio-described performances, visually-impaired patrons can. 


Mention opera and most people think of singing and music, but this is only part of the overall experience. What about scenery, costumes, lighting, direction and choreography? Audio Description helps visually-impaired patrons enjoy the opera experience with live commentary designed to describe the action on stage without compromising the music. 


As part of the experience, we include:
A free CD, sent out in advance of the performance, which gives an excellent introduction to the production, including interviews, a synopsis, musical excerpts and details about the costumes, sets and individual characters.
A free Touch Tour of the set, costumes and props before the show.
An audio introduction 15 minutes before the start of the main performance.


If you or someone you know is interested in booking for an Audio-described
performance, please make this clear when you contact the Box Office at your chosen theatre. Discounted tickets are available. Tickets for Audio-described performances and Touch Tours must be booked at least two weeks in advance. Guide dogs are welcome.


Please note: bookings for Audio-described performances at Theatre Royal Glasgow should now be booked directly with the theatre’s groups department on 0844 871 7602.



Audio-described performances are listed below. Touch Tours start at 6pm for evening performances and 2.45pm for Sunday matinees. 


The Marriage of Figaro

Theatre Royal Glasgow Sat 22 Oct 7.15pm
His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen Sat 29 Oct 7.15pm
Eden Court Theatre, Inverness Sat 5 Nov 7.15pm
Festival Theatre Edinburgh Sun 13 Nov 4pm

Pelléas et Mélisande

Theatre Royal Glasgow Sat 4 Mar 7.15pm
Festival Theatre Edinburgh Sat 11 Mar 7.15pm

Bluebeard’s Castle/The 8th Door

Theatre Royal Glasgow Sat 1 Apr 7.15pm
Festival Theatre Edinburgh Sat 8 Apr 7.15pm

La bohème

Theatre Royal Glasgow Sun 14 May 4pm
His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen Sat 27 May 7.15pm
Festival Theatre Edinburgh Sat 10 Jun 7.15pm
Eden Court Theatre, Inverness Sat 17 Jun 7.15pm



Interested in joining the team? 

We are always looking for new audio describers to join our dedicated team. If you have some time to spare and would like to find out what is involved, please email Iona Jack