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Accessible Shows

We want everyone to have the opportunity to experience the magic of live shows and special programs at the Sydney Opera House. Here you'll find our program of inclusive performances for people of all ages and abilities.

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Kids & Families

Jay Laga'aia's Classic Christmas
Accessible Show and Sing and Play session
Friday 1 December, 10.30am
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The Gruffalo
Auslan interpreted performance
Wednesday 20 December, 12.30pm
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The 78-Story Treehouse
AUSLAN-interpreted performance
Thursday 18 January, 10am
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How to Book

Please call +61 2 9250 7111 or email

Sydney Festival

The Wider Earth
Wednesday 24 January, 1.30pm - Audio Description, Tactile Tour starts at 12.15pm
Wednesday 24 January, 7.30pm - Captioned performance

This magical portrayal of Charles Darwin’s journey through nature, faith and science is brought to life by an award-winning cast and astonishing custom-built puppets, with original music by Lior and Tony Buchen. Join Darwin on his near five-year journey, encountering the wildlife that inspired his theory of evolution.

More Info about the show 

Captioning for The Wider Earth is only available on 24 January, 7.30pm, via the GoTheatrical! app. To receive captions, simply download the GoTheatrical! app on your mobile or tablet device prior to the performance. 

How to Book

Please use the code ACCESS2018 when purchasing tickets or call 1300 856 876

Accessible theatre for children with disability

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Sydney Theatre Company

Accessible perfomance bookings should be made through Sydney Theatre Company. For more information visit Sydney Theatre Company's website.

Three Sisters
Wednesday 29 October, 1pm - Captioned
Friday 1 December, 8pm - Captioned
Saturday 2 December, 8pm - Audio described
Thursday 7 December, 8pm - Auslan interpreted
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How to Book

Please call Sydney Theatre Company on +61 2 9250 1777 or email

Additional Information

Captioned Performances

Captions are text descriptions that display a film's dialogue, identify speakers, and describe other relevant sounds that are otherwise inaccessible to people who are deaf or have hearing loss. Captions are synchronized with the film image and can be viewed by everyone in the audience.

AUSLAN Interpreted Performances 

Experienced AUSLAN theatre interpreters stand to the side of the stage and translate what the actors are saying or singing into AUSLAN. A block of seats is reserved for users of this service to ensure a good view of the interpreter and the stage. If you wish to be seated in this area for these productions, please choose AUSLAN seats when booking.

Accessible Performance and Sing & Play Sessions

Sydney Opera House in partnership with Lifestart organisation and RIDBC are thrilled to announce the dates of our Accessible performance/Sing & Play sessions for 2017. These performances are designed to ensure everyone is able to enjoy the theatre experience in a supportive, friendly and relaxed environment. The free Sing & Play session is offered in the Drama Theatre Foyer either before or after the performance (check times) and includes a range of fun play activities supported by the Lifestart and the RIDBC team. A supported music program based on the musical themes from the performance is also provided and facilitated by our very own Sing & Play music therapist.

Assisted Listening Devices (FM Radio System)

FM radio system provides improved listening clarity for people with hearing loss who experience difficulty and fatigue, when trying to understand speech, because of distance, reverberation, and distracting background noise. Can be used with or without hearing aids.

Audio input or any electronic sound source feeds into an FM transmitter and the FM radio frequency signal is picked up by the patrons FM receiver. FM receivers and headsets are provided free of charge and can be obtained from the nearest cloakroom prior to the performance.

The FM system is also compatible with hearing aids and cochlear implants with a "T" switch via an induction loop provided. When the hearing aid is switched to the 'T' position, the wearer will receive the program sound through the hearing aid. FM Radio Systems are available in all Kids at the House venues.

Thank you

Please join us in thanking Dr Eileen Ong, an Opera House Utzon Idealist major donor to the Opera House’s Accessible Performances program.

Thank you also to our other program donors, including the Sydney Opera House Ladies' Committee.

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