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Sydney Opera House Accessibility for Hearing Impaired



Online Videos

With the development of a new accessible video player all of the 2012 Festival of Dangerous Ideas (FODI) talks online have been closed captioned. The All About Women 2013 talks have also been closed captioned.

You can watch the videos with captions by clicking the ‘CC’ icon on the bottom right-hand side of each video.


Theatre Captioning
Selected Sydney Theatre Company productions are live captioned. 

The captions screens are visible from selected seats in the Drama Theatre. When booking seats for captioned performances, please ensure that you request ‘Caption Seats’ which is suitable for best viewing of the caption screens. Click here to see a list of accessible performances.

Surtitles in English are projected above the Joan Sutherland Theatre stage for most opera productions. Additional surtitle screens have been installed at the front of the venue so that they may be read from the wheelchair seating area and nearby seats.  This view is available from Row D, Seats 14 & 36 outwards, Row E seats 14 and 36 outwards, and from the entire row in Rows F and G. 


Some seats in the venue are not able to view the surtitles so please advise Box Office of your requirements when booking tickets.

 Services for people with limited hearing FM Radio System  

This system is available in all venues.

Receivers and headsets are free of charge and can be obtained from the nearest cloakroom prior to the performance. Customers will be required to give cloakroom staff a driver's licence, seniors card or credit card as security. These will be returned to you when the receiver is returned to the cloakroom.

The FM system is also compatible with hearing aids via an induction loop. When the hearing aid is switched to the 'T' position, the wearer will receive the program sound through the hearing aid.

Please enquire at the cloakroom for this service.

Induction Loop
An induction loop is also installed at Box Office counter windows. This system offers customers using hearing aids clearer sound when booking tickets and works by amplifying Box Office staff and customers' voices.

Auslan interpretedSign-language

Auslan interpretation is offered for identified performances. See accessbile performance schedule for details.

Auslan interpreted tours are offered on request. More information and to book an Auslan interpreted tour  

National Relay ServiceNational Relay Service 

Those customers who are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment can call through the National Relay Service at no cost: TTY users, phone 133 677 then ask for  9250 7111; Speak & Listen users (speech-to-speech relay), phone 1300 555 727 then ask for 9250 7111 and Internet relay users, connect to the NRS – see for details – and then ask for 9250 7111.









Access Tours

Call, email or book in person for an Access Tour. Designed for patrons with limited mobility, it is The Essential Tour without steps
The Essential Tour 2
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