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Accessible Performance

Accessible performances and booking

We want to make your visit to the Edinburgh International Festival as relaxed and enjoyable as possible; from discovering the programme through to booking your tickets, arriving at the venue and of course the performance itself.

On this page, you'll find information on:

- booking tickets
- discounts available
- different types of accessible performances
- requesting brochure in various formats

Please note, due to  ongoing Covid-19 crisis, the 2020 International Festival will not be going ahead. The below information relates to the 2019 Festival. If you would like to receive an English language Braille, audio CD or large print version of the brochure for the 2021 International Festival, and/or Access Guide, in the post please complete the online form below.

You can download the Access Guide and 2019 International Festival brochure in PDF and mp3 below, or alternatively you can use a form at the bottom of this page to request next year's brochure in Braille, large text, or audio CD.

Request a brochure and Access Guide

Enter your details in the form below to receive the English language Braille, audio CD or large print version of the brochure and/or Access Guide in the post.

This is a service we provide free of charge for the blind and visually impaired. If you are looking to sign up to our general mailing list here.

booking info

How to book

Telephone +44 (0)131 473 2056
Textphone prefix 18001  
In person Hub Tickets, The Hub, Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NE

Hub Tickets is open Monday to Friday 10.00am to 5.00pm.

To ensure that you don’t miss out on any important information or discounts, please advise Hub Tickets staff at the time of booking which access service you require.

Tickets can be sent as an e-ticket, collected from Hub Tickets in advance or picked up at the venue from one hour before the start of the performance.

A transaction fee of £1 per ticket, up to a maximum of £5, will be added to all bookings. You can have your tickets posted to you for a £1 postage fee.


People with additional access needs can purchase tickets for the area of the venue most appropriate to their needs at the lowest (unrestricted view) ticket price for that performance. Essential companion tickets are free. Access discounts are only available by phone, in person or by using SignLive to allow us to provide you with the best possible service for your needs.

BSL Video Bookings with SignLive

We are working with SignLive to enable audiences to book tickets via an online BSL interpreting service. Download the free SignLive app (iOS and Android) and complete the one-time registration to call and book your tickets. You'll find us listed on the SignLive Community Directory.

Audio Description & Touch Tour

An audio describer provides a live commentary of the visual elements of a performance which is broadcast though a personal headset. They will describe the action such as where the characters are on stage, what they’re wearing, how they gesture and what the set looks like, without intruding on the actors’ dialogue. The commentary begins 15 minutes before curtain up.

Prior to an Audio Described performance, a touch tour offers people who are blind or partially sighted the opportunity to get up close to a selection of costumes and props. The describer gives a full account of the items that you are introduced to and how they feature in the performance. Tickets for Touch Tours are free but should be booked in advance.

Audience gets to interact with props and elements of set design during a Touch Tour Touch Tour of Ubu and the Truth Commission | Photo: Clark James


Captions are displayed in large text on either side of the stage. Dialogue appears in real time as the words are spoken by the performers. Captions also provide information about who is speaking and any sound effects or music that may be important to understanding the performance.

Relaxed Performance

Two performances will be adapted for audience members wanting a more relaxed environment at the theatre. During these performances, house lights are not fully dimmed, loud noises are avoided where possible and audiences are free to move about.

Captioning An example of using captions at King's Theatre

British Sign Language Interpretation & Deaf Theatre Club

In a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreted performance, the interpreter stands side of stage and provides a linguistic and artistic interpretation for people who are deaf or for whom BSL is their preferred language. 

When you book a ticket for any of our BSL interpreted performances, you will have the opportunity to benefit from our Deaf Theatre Club, which is offered for all interpreted shows. With our Deaf Theatre Club, you will be met at the venue by a BSL trained staff member who will be able to help you with ticket collection, ordering refreshments and finding your seats. Deaf Theatre Club is also a great way to meet other like-minded people who enjoy theatre and it’s a wonderful way to share this experience with family and friends. Deaf Theatre Club participants will also be offered additional insights into the show with a short BSL signed pre-event introduction. Deaf Theatre Club will meet in the venue foyer, 30 minutes before the performance begins. Just look out for the Deaf Theatre Club signs when you arrive.

For all of our performances, BSL users can also book tickets using SignLive, an online BSL video interpretation service.

Watch our 2019 British Sign Language trailers below.


Supertitles are displayed in large text above the stage. Dialogue or lyrics are transcribed or translated into English and displayed in real time as the words are sung or spoken by the performers.

Usher Hall

Read about access at the event venues

Download 2019 Access Guide