Skip to main content
Opening times this week:
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

Lady using a laptop

Virtual tour

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.

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.


BSL Interpreted Performances

Abigail’s Party

  • Sat 21 Sep, 2pm
  • Tue 24 Sep, 7.30pm


  • Sat 2 Nov, 1pm


  • Thu 12 Dec, 12.30pm
  • Sat 21 Dec, 3pm

A Christmas Carol

  • Fri 3 Jan, 7pm
  • Sat 14 Dec, 1pm
Audio Described Performances

Abigail’s Party

  • Sat 21 Sep, 2pm
  • Thu 26 Sep, 7.30pm


  • Sun 3 Nov, 10.30am


  • Wed 18 Dec, 10.30am
  • Sat 28 Dec, 12.30pm

A Christmas Carol

  • Sat 14 Dec, 1pm
Captioned Performances

Abigail’s Party

  • Sat 21 Sep, 7.30pm
  • Sat 28 Sep, 2pm

Please right back

  • Wed 2 Oct, 6pm

My Mother’s Funeral: The Show

  • Sat 12 Oct, 3pm


  • Sat 2 Nov, 10.30am

A Christmas Carol

  • Sun 22 Dec, 1pm
  • Thu 2 Jan, 1pm
  • Thu 2 Jan, 7pm
Relaxed Performances

Abigail’s Party

  • Tue 24 Sep, 7.30pm
  • Sat 28 Sep, 7.30pm


  • All performances are relaxed (Sat 26 Oct – Sun 3 Nov)


  • All performances are relaxed (Sat 23 Nov – Sat 4 Jan)

A Christmas Carol

  • Sun 8 Dec, 4pm
  • Mon 30 Dec, 6pm
  • Thu 2 Jan, 1pm

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.