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Hearing help for theatregoers

We understand how frustrating it can be when trying to appreciate a live performance. Because of this, we have developed our Theatre Hearing Guide – designed to help you get the most out of every show.  Simply search for any venue on our database below to find the facilities they have available for your hearing needs.  Most offer hearing aid induction loops.

Hearing Theatre Guide

Contact information, as well as details of any additional discounts available, can be found for each venue listed. Here are some helpful links to follow if you want to find out more about venue accessibility:

 

All information has been adapted from each venues’ website.

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The Barbican Theatre

Thetheatre uses a radio network to enhance sound. The system must be used with headsets, which can be picked up at the sales point close to the “Stalls – Right” theatre entrance. There is no cost or deposit required. If a large group is attending, it would be worthwhile calling in advance as they may have to hire some extra units in for you. Here you can find a copy of the access guide which details the hard of hearing facilities in all venues. http://www.barbican.org.uk/visitor-information/disability-access

020 7638 4141
YES

The O2 arena, Greenwich

Assistive Listening Devices are available for people with or without a hearing aid. The ALDs work with digital hearing aids and hearing aids that have T-position settings. Earphones are available if you don’t have a hearing aid. Visit any information desk to get an ALD. You’’ll need to leave a form of ID with them, which you can pick up when you bring the ALD back.

020 8463 2000
NO

The Pit at the Barbican Centre

Theatre uses a radio network to enhance the sound. The system must be used with headsets, which can be picked up at the sales point close to the “Stalls – Right” theatre entrance. There is no cost or deposit required. If a large group is attending, it would be worthwhile calling in advance as they may have to hire some extra units in for you. http://www.barbican.org.uk/visitor-information/disability-access By following the above link you can find a copy of the access guide, which details the hard of hearing facilities in all venues at the Barbican.

020 7638 4141
YES

The Place (Euston Road)

The theatre has a Sennheiser induction loop system with pre bookable head sets. These amplify the sound through ear pieces with volume control or neck bands, or can also transfer the amplified signal to your hearing aid when it is switched to the ‘T’ position. More information on access facilities can be found here: http://www.theplace.org.uk/access-information

020 7121 1100
YES

The Roundhouse, (Camden)

The Roundhouse holds a Gold Standard Award from Attitude is Everything regarding venue accessibility for deaf and disabled visitors. The box office desk is equipped with a hearing loop system for those using hearing aids.  The Main Space and the Studio Theatre are equipped with a Sennheiser Hearing Enhancement System. If you would like to make use of this service, please ask at the box office and they will be able to issue you with a compatible headset to enhance the sound – or to link to your hearing aid / cochlear implants. Details of captioned or signed performances will be listed under the ‘dates and times’ tab on individual production pages.

0300 678 9222
NO

Theatre Royal, Drury Lane

The theatre uses the Williams infra-red headset system and 10 headsets are available from the front of house staff in main foyer. These headsets are for people who are hard of hearing, so please note that there is no induction loop system in the auditorium for hearing aid users. There is however an induction loop at the Box Office to assist hearing aid users when booking tickets. For further information regarding hearing systems, please call the theatre stage door on 0207 850 8790.

0844 412 4660
YES

Trafalgar Studios

The infrared hearing loops now work in Rows B-G in Studio 1 (best reception in more central seats); in Studio 2 best reception is in A5-8, B6-9 C7-10 or D7-8. Devices are at the Box Office, and a £10 deposit is required. There are two devices available: Induction Loop Necklace Suitable for persons wearing a hearing aid, worn around the neck. Whilst wearing the necklace switch your hearing aid to the ‘T’ setting and the sound is amplified. The necklace has an adjustable volume control. Alternatively there is the headset, which amplifies sound through earpieces similar to regular headphones. Suitable for persons without a hearing aid.

0845 505 8500
NO

Tricycle Theatre (Kilburn)

Every Thursday afternoon, usually at 2pm or 2.30pm, films are screened with English subtitles specifically for the deaf, deafened, or hard of hearing. There are also captioned or subtitled performances of almost every show / live performance. We would advise booking in advance for theatre shows, but for films it is almost always fine to turn up and buy a ticket on the door.

020 7328 1000
YES