Access Opera: The Barber of Seville


Matinee 3pm
Running time: 2 hours, including one interval

Access Opera

The Barber of Seville: Relaxed Performance

Scottish Opera's accessible performances make coming to a favourite opera as easy and stress-free as possible – keeping the drama on stage where it belongs!

With Dementia Friendly values at their core, these shortened performances are open to all. Performed by a full cast and orchestra, they also feature a narrator to take you through the story and introduce the music from the opera. There are wheelchair spaces and extra staff on hand to help. There is also a smaller capacity to allow everyone space, and brighter lighting levels in the auditorium, giving you the flexibility and freedom to move about as required.

Whether you’re living with dementia or Long COVID, more comfortable at a shorter show, struggling to get to evening performances, or would simply benefit from the relaxed atmosphere, you can enjoy everything opera has to offer.

More about the show...

Back by popular demand, Sir Thomas Allen (The Marriage of Figaro, The Magic Flute, Don Giovanni) creates a riotous production of Rossini’s beloved comedy.

The action centres around Figaro, one of opera’s most delightful characters and perhaps the only voice of reason in a world of young love and old foolishness.

When Count Almaviva sets his sights on the beautiful Rosina, he enlists Figaro – barber, fixer, and all-around man of action – to help woo her. It is no easy feat: Rosina’s guardian Doctor Bartolo keeps her under lock and key with the intention of marrying her himself!

What makes an Access Scottish Opera Performance...

• Maximum running time of 2 hours, including a 30-minute interval
• Afternoon start times for easier travel
• Welcoming front-of-house staff who have undergone training provided by Alzheimer Scotland
• Doors open 45 minutes before the start, allowing time to get settled in
• Wheelchair spaces and extra staff on hand to help if you want to transfer
• Brighter lighting levels in the auditorium
• No need to keep quiet or sit still; you can come in and out of the auditorium during the show
• Lower capacity to allow everyone extra space
• Quiet areas available if you need to take a break
• Audio description available 

*Ticket price includes a contribution to the theatre development fund which pays for the restoration and upkeep of our theatres. A £1.50 handling charge will be added if you require postage for your tickets.



Capital Theatres aim to be accessible to all.

We are committed to making your visit to our theatres as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. All of our Front of House staff undergo disability awareness training and Dementia Friend Training and will be pleased to assist you should you require any information or help. 

Essential Carers go free - please phone the Box Office during Mon to Sat, 11am - 3pm on 0131 529 6000, or email to book.

Find more information about access to the Festival Theatre.

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