Carmen – dementia friendly performance

Tue 26 Oct from 1.30 pm to 4.30pm

Leeds Grand Theatre 46 New Briggate

In Person Live music / concert Opera

£15 per seat for all

Booking information

Call the Box Office on 0113 223 3600, or download and complete a booking form and email to b[email protected]

About the event

Opera North’s dementia friendly performances are tailored for people with dementia and their families or carers, so that they can enjoy live performance in an environment that is comfortable and supportive.

This scorching new production of one of the most popular operas ever written will take you deep down into a world where desire and hot-blooded passion reign supreme… Carmen is a strong woman doing what she can to survive in a poor frontier town, manipulating and seducing the men who try to control her. But when one man’s obsession turns to wild jealousy, the consequences are shocking.

Bizet’s flamenco-infused music overflows with emotion and unforgettable melodies including the ‘Habanera’ and Toreador Song.

Read more about the story »

Duration: Approximately 2 hours 45, including a 30-minute interval.

Sung in French with English titles on either side of the stage

Want to find out more about the performance? Join us for a free Carmen Preview webinar on Friday 1 October


What to expect at the dementia friendly performance?

· Bright lighting and loud noises will be reduced.

· The lights in the theatre will remain on low.

· A relaxed attitude to people leaving and returning whenever they need to.

· An information pack will be sent in advance with an easy-to-read synopsis and guide to the theatre.

· Quiet spaces will be available if people need a break.

· There will be clear signs and friendly staff on hand to help.

· You can ask to have empty seats around your booking.


“You had thought of everything – from signage, helpful & sympathetic staff, to even covering the mirrors in the cloakrooms. A totally dementia friendly world.”
– Audience member (Dementia Friendly La Bohème 2019)

Accessibility Info

Wheelchair spaces are available, please contact Box Office to book. Please inform Box Office if you would prefer to transfer from a wheelchair into a seat as space to store wheelchairs is limited.

Accessible toilets are located at Stalls and Dress Circle level.

There is lift access to most of the auditorium from the foyer (excluding Upper Balcony), and a wheelchair access lift to the foyer from Box Office.

Some areas of the auditorium have steep stairs and may not be suitable for people with limited mobility. Please check with Box Office before purchasing a ticket if you have concerns.

More accessibility information here.

Accessibility: Dementia friendly, Relaxed, Seated event / not standing

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