Access performances

Tall Stories is committed to making sure our productions are accessible and open to everyone and we aim to be an industry frontrunner in providing performances which accommodate a range of audience needs and abilities. Our Summer 2015 run of ‘The Gruffalo’ included the first ever relaxed performance for the 3+ age group in the West End.


BSL Signed and Captioned Performances

Open to all, and either signed by a British Sign Language interpreter or captioned with text for families and children with hearing impairments. The BSL interpreter is usually integrated into the show and so will move around the stage with the performers.


The Gruffalo, Sunday 28th November at 1pm, Norwich Playhouse, Book here, call 01603 63000 or email

The Smeds and the SmoosThursday 9th December at 1.30pm, Curve Theatre, Leicester. Book here, call 0116 242 3595 or email


The Smeds and the Smoos, Saturday 11th December at 1.30pm, Curve Theatre, Leicester. Book here, call 0116 242 3595 or email

Audio Described Performances and Touch Tours

Open to all, and will use audio description for families and children with visual impairments. Touch tours are specifically for families/children with visual impairments. As part of the audio described performance, audience members will have the opportunity to touch the set, props and costumes before the performance in order to firm up the details of the production and engage with the show.


The Smeds and the Smoos, Wednesday 22nd December at 1.30pm, Curve Theatre, Leicester. Book here, call 0116 242 3595 or email

Relaxed Performances

Relaxed performances are designed for families and children with additional needs. They are designed to provide an opportunity for people with autism, learning difficulties or other sensory and communication needs who require a more relaxed environment. There may be small changes to the show such as to the lighting and sound. We produce visual guides to help audience members know what to expect from the performances, which are available on request.


The Smeds and the SmoosFriday 29th October at 1pm, Rose Theatre, Kingston. Book here, call 020 8174 0090 or email

Wednesday 15th December at 1.30pm & Tuesday 28th December at 10.30am, Curve Theatre, Leicester. Book here, call 0116 242 3595 or email

The Gruffalo, Friday 19th November at 1pm, Norwich Playhouse, Book here, call 01603 63000 or email

Saturday 18th December at 1:30pm & Thursday 30th December at 4:30pm, Northampton Theatre Royal. Book here, call 01604 624811 or email

Useful Access Resources 

Transport for London offer accessible options to assist in planning your journey- London only. 

Access in London is a source of comprehensive access information for London, last published in 2014- London only.

Parking for Blue Badges provides parking and bus travel information for Blue Badge holders- London only. 

Signed Culture is dedicated to ensuring the arts are as open and welcoming to d/Deaf audience members as can be. 

Stage Text provides captioning and live subtitle services to theatres and cultural organisations. 

Theatre Sign aim to make accessible the most popular West End shows to BSL users, often at a discounted price. 

Tourism for All are a voice for accessible tourism, providing advice on accommodation, things to do and food and drink locations.

Vocal Eyes make cultural experiences accessible to blind and partially sighted people. 

Audio Description is a national organisation that supports and promotes audio description.