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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 be 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.

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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

Live commentary via headphones for blind or partially sighted patrons.

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.


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.

Guide Dogs

Guide, hearing and all working dogs are welcome here

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.