Assisted performances


The Abbey Theatre offers a range of services for deaf and disabled patrons including signed, audio described and captioned performances.

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Audio Described and Captioned Performances

We have an infra-red loop system at the Abbey stage. Headsets are available through the Box Office. Please reserve at the time of booking. During a captioned performance the actors’ words appear as visible text on screens on or near the stage at the same time as they are spoken. Specific seats with a clear view of the caption units are reserved for audience members availing of this service, so please specify that you are booking for the captioned performance when you contact the Box Office. Audio description is a live verbal commentary providing information on the visual elements of a production as it unfolds from sets, props and costumes to actors’ facial expressions and movements across the stage. The description is delivered via an ear piece during the quieter moments of a performance and therefore only gives essential information that a blind or visually impaired person might miss.

Upcoming audio-described and captioned performances

By the Bog of Cats – Saturday 5 September, 2pm

Oedipus – Saturday 24 October, 2pm

You Never Can Tell – Saturday 23 January, 2pm

Sign Language Interpreted Perfroamnces

Sign language interpreted performances are programmed on both the Abbey and Peacock stages. Specific seats with a clear view of the signer are reserved for audience members availing of this service, so please specify that you are booking for the signed performance when you contact the Box Office.

Upcoming sign language interpreted performances

By the Bog of Cats – Thursday 3 September, 7.30pm

Shibboleth – Thursday 15 October, 8pm

Oedipus – Thursday 22 October, 7.30pm

You Never Can Tell – Thursday 4 February, 7.30pm

Discounted Tickets

Visitors availing of our assisted services at Assisted Performances are entitled to a discounted ticket rate. This discount is also available to patrons with a disability or special seating requirement for any Abbey Theatre production on the Abbey or Peacock stages.

Ticket Prices:

Abbey Theatre productions on the Abbey stage:

Sign Language Interpreted Performance: €18/€15
Audio Described & Captioned Performance Matinees: €15/€13

Abbey Theatre productions on the Peacock stage:

Sign Language Interpreted Performance: €18/€15

In order for us to give you advice on best seating for all our assisted performances, please contact the Box Office on 01 87 87 222 , via email. You can also contact Lisa Farrelly via email or phone (01) 887 2216

We are always seeking to improve on our customer service and the format of our assisted performances and we welcome your suggestions and encourage feedback.

Captioned and audio described performances are provided by Arts and Disability Ireland, with funding from the Arts Council.

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