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.

Our Box Office team can advise on the best seats for viewing the captions, or you can view our recommended seating (shown in green) here.

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.

Upcoming Open Captioned Performances

Billy Elliot The Musical

Sat 6 Aug, 2.15pm & 7.30pm

Captioner: Theatre Captioner Network – Stevie Burrows

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Thu 22 Sep, 7.30pm

Captioner: Stagetext – Kathryn McAuley

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Shakespeare's Othello

Thu 29 Sep, 7.45pm

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Bugsy Malone

Fri 7 Oct, 7pm

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Promotional artwork for Sister Act - The Musical.

Sister Act

Rescheduled performance
Tue 25 Oct, 7.30pm

Captioner: Theatre Captioner Network – Steve Burrows

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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Sat 5 Nov, 2.15pm

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Promotional artwork for The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz

Rescheduled performances
Thu 15 Dec, 7.30pm
Tue 27 Dec, 2.15pm

Captioner: Theatre Captioner Network – Stevie Burrows

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The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Wed 1 Feb, 7.30pm

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Girl from the North Country

Thu 9 Mar 2023, 7.30pm

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An Inspector Calls

Wed 22 Mar 2023, 7.30pm

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Closed captioning by The Difference Engine

This month, we were delighted to work with Talking Birds Theatre Company to bring The Difference Engine back to Curve, enabling us to offer Closed Captioning on selected performances throughout our New Work Festival 2022.

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.