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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.

The programme for the 2019 International Festival will be announced in spring 2019.

You can download the Access Guide and 2018 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.

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 10.00 am to 5.00 pm.

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 disabilities can buy tickets for the area of the venue most appropriate for their needs for the lowest (unrestricted view) ticket price for that performance. Essential companion tickets are free.

To enable us to determine your requirements and assist you fully we are unable to offer access discounts online.

Touch Tour of Ubu and the Truth Commission | Photo: Clark James

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.

Cold Blood | Photo: Julien Lambert

British Sign Language Interpretation

British Sign Language (BSL) 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.

An example of using captions at King's Theatre

Captioned performances

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.


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 Access Guide

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.