Every word counts

Setting up an in-house service

More and more theatres now have their own captioning equipment and Stagetext has trained local people or staff at the venue as captioners.  This is obviously more cost-effective and means that the theatre can often afford to programme more captioned shows.

Around 40 theatres and production companies now have their own captioning equipment and trained captioners who have been through the Stagetext Certificate in Theatre Captioning for Deaf People.  Others have purchased their own equipment but continue to use Stagetext captioners to deliver shows.

Venues and production companies with their own equipment


Almeida Theatre

Bush Theatre


Donmar Warehouse

Gate Theatre

Hampstead Theatre

Lyric Hammersmith

National Theatre

Old Vic

Soho Theatre

Theatre Royal Stratford East

Young Vic

Ambassador Theatre Group venues

Cambridge Arts Theatre

Churchill Theatre, Bromley

Harold Pinter Theatre (formerly the Comedy Theatre)

Lyceum Theatre

New Victoria Theatre, Woking

Phoenix Theatre

Playhouse Theatre

Richmond Theatre

Theatre Royal, Brighton

Trafalgar Studios

Touring Companies

The Touring Consortium

Oxford Theatre Company


Theatre by the Lake, Keswick


Theatre Royal, Plymouth


Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

Mercury Theatre, Colchester

New Wolsey, Ipswich

Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds


Liverpool Empire

Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse

Brindley Arts Centre


Library Theatre


Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Birmingham Hippodrome

Birmingham Rep

Curve. Leicester

Nottingham Playhouse

Royal Shakespeare Company


New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme


Bradford Alhambra

Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds


North Wales

Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold

South Wales

Sherman Cymru, Swansea

Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff


Stagetext launched a captioning service in Scotland in January 2006 and worked with eight theatres to programme captioned performances. The development of the service was made possible with a two-year grant from the Scottish Arts Council and the ADAPT Trust. The Gannochy Trust and the Hugh Fraser Foundation funded the purchase of captioning equipment and three local captioners were trained.

In December 2007, the Federation of Scottish Theatres took over the running of the service

For more information, please visit their website.

Northern Ireland

The Northern Ireland Theatre Association (NITA) is improving access to theatres for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people through captioning and its services are available for use to all theatres and production companies within Northern Ireland.

Republic of Ireland

Arts & Disability Ireland (ADI) is the sole provider of captioning services for live performance in the Republic of Ireland. At present they provide captioned performances at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, and Axis in Ballymun, and hope to continue to roll out the service nationally over the coming years.


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