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Co-written by former Northern Ballet Premier Dancer Pippa Moore MBE and VocalEyes, our audio descriptions offer a unique insight into our productions and bring our performances to life.

You will hear descriptions of the movement, action and drama on stage with music played live by Northern Ballet Sinfonia.

Audio Description ticket holders are encouraged to take part in our free Touch Tour Insight Workshops, taking place before our Audio Described performances. These workshops introduce elements of the production to aid your understanding of the show. You will hear descriptions of the scenery, feel the props and costumes and discover the shapes and quality of the movement from the ballet with the aid of Pippa and Company dancers.

Our listings below let you know where and when Audio Described performances will be taking place and includes the information in audio format.

Please note that the timings for the Touch Tour Insight Workshops vary by venue. In addition to the Touch Tour Insight Workshop you can hear pre-show notes which describe the set, props and costumes via your headset or audio description device, beginning 15 minutes prior to the performance.

Audio Descriptions and Touch Tour Insight Workshops are subject to Government and industry guidance to provide Covid safe experiences for audiences and staff.

Upcoming events

London Sadler's Wells, The Great Gatsby

Tuesday 16 May – Saturday 20 May 
Audio Description: Saturday 20 May, 2.30pm
Touch Tour: Saturday 20 May, 12.30pm

To book tickets or for further information, please call Sadler's Wells' access line on 0207 863 8000

We will have Audio Described performances of Beauty & the Beast at Nottingham, Newcastle, Norwich and Leeds; The Nutcracker at Leeds; and Romeo & Juliet at Leeds, Sheffield, Nottingham, Norwich, and Sadler's Wells.

For details on the dates and venues visit:

Beauty & the Beast The Nutcracker Romeo & Juliet

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Header image from rehearsals of The Nutcracker, taken by Emily Nuttall.