Captioned Performances

At Captioned performances, the actors’ spoken words are converted into visible text via two display screens on stage, one on each side. The text scrolls at the same speed as the dialogue, making it easy to follow with the action on stage. This type of captioning is known as open captioning, and our Box Office team can advise on the best seats for viewing the captions.

We also offer closed captioning via The Difference Engine on selected shows. At these performances, the captions are presented on each individual’s personal smart device, usually a mobile phone or tablet, via The Difference Engine app. Please see the section at the bottom of this page for more information about the system, and how to connect.

Curve is a Stagetext Spotlight Venue

In October 2022, Stagetext asked the public to nominate a venue they love for great access for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing audiences. Following the nomination period, we’re delighted to have been chosen as their very first Spotlight Venue.

“The theatre is just the right size, and the captions were the correct height for me to see and read. – I really, really enjoyed MAMMA MIA! when I went – the captioning was brilliant, and my seat was fantastic to read them. Thank you for making it accessible as I wouldn’t be able to enjoy theatre otherwise.” Audience Member who nominated Curve

Upcoming Open Captioned Performances

The Owl Who Came For Christmas

Sat 16 Dec, 10.30am & 1.30pm
Sat 30 Dec, 10.30am & 1.30pm

Captioner: Theatre Captioner Network – Jenny Skene

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Wed 20 Dec 2023, 7.30pm
Thu 28 Dec 2023, 2.15pm

Captioner: Theatre Captioner Network – Stevie Burrows

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Sister Act

Thu 8 Feb 2024, 7.30pm

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Jesus Christ Superstar

Thu 15 Feb 2024, 7.30pm

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My Beautiful Laundrette

Fri 23 Feb 2024, 7.30pm

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Come From Away

Thu 7 Mar 2024, 7.30pm

This performance will also be British Sign Language (BSL) InterpretedCome From Away is performed in one act, and does not have an interval.

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Life Of Pi

Sat 16 Mar 2024, 2.15pm

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The Full Monty

Sat 30 Mar 2024, 2.15pm

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Peter Pan Goes Wrong

Thu 4 Apr, 7.30pm

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Blood Brothers

Thu 25 Apr 2024, 7.30pm

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Wed 8 May 2024, 8.30pm

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A Chorus Line

Wed 10 Jul 2024, 2.15pm and 7.30pm

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Everybody's Talking About Jamie

Thu 18 Jul 2024, 7.30pm

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101 Dalmatians

Thu 25 Jul 2024, 2pm

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The Lion Inside

Sat 10 Aug 2024, 1.30pm

This performance will also be Relaxed.

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An Officer and a Gentleman

Thu 15 Aug 2024, 7.30pm

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Pretty Woman

Sat 21 Sep 2024, 2.15pm

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Dear Evan Hansen

Wed 2 Oct 2024, 7.30pm

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Thu 7 Nov 2024, 7pm

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& Juliet

Thu 20 Feb 2025, 7.30pm

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Closed Captioning by The Difference Engine

We work with Talking Birds Theatre Company to bring The Difference Engine to Curve, enabling us to offer Closed Captioning on selected performances throughout the year.

The Difference Engine is an innovative tool that enables audience members to receive captions on their own mobile devices – such as smartphones and tablets – via a free app available to download on both the App Store (for iOS 7.1 and above) and Google Play Store.

For more details about The Difference Engine, including tips for downloading and using the app, please click here.

Upcoming performances that are available with Closed Captioning will be listed below as they are confirmed.


Audience members who would benefit from the support of a friend, relative or carer during their visit may be eligible for a free Companion ticket with each standard ticket booked for a performance.

To access the concession, we recommend joining our Access Register Scheme so that you don’t need to resubmit evidence each time you book. For more details about the register, please see our Access page.


Header Image: A caption unit on stage for The Smeds and The Smoos (2021). A Tall Stories production in association with Curve. Photo by Nicola Allen.