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Accessibility at Norther Stage

Access at Northern Stage

We are very proud that Northern Stage is a fully accessible building.

Book Access Tickets Online

You can purchase access tickets via our website.

On certain events we may hold back seats for our Captioned, Audio Described and BSL Interpreted performances for users of those services. These seats are located in the best place in the auditorium to make use of the relevant facility.

To book tickets held for caption, audio description or wheelchair users, log on to your account at Go to My Account > Other Preferences and update your access requirements. You will then be able to select access tickets and purchase them online. If it’s your first time visiting, we recommend you book directly with the box office via calling 0191 230 5151 or emailing to ensure all needs are met and appropriate advice can be given for each particular performance space.

Companion or assistant tickets can only be booked through Box Office. To do so, please call 0191 230 5151 or email

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What to expect when you visit

Stage One

Stage Two

Stage 3

Our Café Bar

Building Familiarisation Tours

If you would like to familiarise yourself with any of our spaces before your visit, our Operations team are happy to provide tours. You can get in touch with them at to arrange this at a convenient time.

Access Performance Types

We offer a range of methods to assist in your enjoyment of shows at Northern Stage. Look for the following symbols on individual show pages of the website, on our brochure or ask our box office for details.

 British Sign Language Interpreted performance

Sign language interpreted performance for Deaf BSL users

Performance dates:



Audio Described Performance

Text provided through headphones for blind or partially sighted customers.

Performance dates:


  Captioned Performance

English text displayed on a unit for deaf or hard of hearing patrons. For best visibility in Stage 1 we would advise rows E – L, anywhere in Stage 2 is fine.

Performance dates:


 Relaxed Performance

To welcome audiences with learning disabilities, sensory or communication differences.

Building Access

Step free access

Northern Stage is fully accessible. The theatre has three lifts providing access to all parts of the building, including the accessible toilets, baby changing facilities, stages 2 & 3 and the backstage area. Buggy parking is available.

Wheelchair spaces

There are five wheelchair positions in Stage 1, two positions in Stage 2 and all seats are removeable in Stage 3.


We have a Changing Places toilet in the Stage 1 lobby and accessible toilets in Stage 3 and Stage 2 lower entrance lobby.  Gender neutral toilets are situated in the Stage 2 lower entrance lobby.

Hearing enhancement

Induction loop system in all public spaces, and an infra-red system in all three stages. (In Stage 1 the induction loop is best covered in rows E – L)


One free ticket for the assistant of a disabled person who is not able to attend unaccompanied.

Booking Companion Seating

To book a free ticket for a wheelchair companion or an assistant, contact our Box Office on 0191 230 5151, via email at or by visiting our Box Office in person.

Guide Dogs

Guide, hearing and all working dogs are welcome here

Seat Accessibility

We want everyone to feel comfortable in our theatres, so we’ve listed the dimensions of our seating and details about arm rests. If you think you would need an accommodation to be made please let our Box Office know in advance of the day of the show on 0191 230 5151 or email

Stage 1 Seats are 43 cm wide, 41cm deep, with 46cm between arm rests. The aisleway is 51cm deep from the seat back. Arm rests cannot be removed.

Plus size seating: we have 2 plus size seats available at the rear of Stage 1. Seats are 50cm wide, 40cm deep with no arm rests. Please note these seats are lower to the ground than our regular seats, the seat cushion is 40cm from the floor. These seats can be booked via box office only on 0191 230 5151 or by emailing

Stage 2 Seats are 40cm wide, 41cm deep. The aisleway is 64cm deep from the seat back. There are no arm rests.

Stage 3 Seats are 41cm wide, 43cm deep. There are no arm rests. The seats are not fixed so can be rearranged to allow for more space. There are three heights of seat to allow for clear sightlines. The distance from the seats to the floor is 45cm, 60cm and 73cm respectively.

All seats adhere to British Standards at the time of installation.

There are two entrances to the theatre, Kings Road Entrance (this is the taxi drop-off/collection point) and the Main Entrance.

Both level entrances have automated doors. These lead into the foyer area where you will find the Restaurant, Bar, Box Office and entrances to Stages 1, 2 and 3.