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The Donmar Warehouse Production of Blindness

Tue 29 Jun to Sat 03 Jul 2021

1pm, 3.15pm, 6.15pm, 8.30pm

Running time (approx.): 1 hour 10 minutes

Age: 15+

Festival Theatre

Box Office: 0131 529 6000

Ticket prices


*Ticket prices include a contribution to the Theatres Development Fund. A £1 handling charge will be added if you ask us to post your tickets.

The Donmar Warehouse production of


A socially distanced sound installation

As the lights change at a major crossroads in a city in the heart of Europe a car grinds to a halt. Its driver can drive no more. Suddenly, without warning or cause, he has gone blind. Within hours it is clear that this is a blindness like no other. This blindness is infectious. Within days an epidemic of blindness has spread through the city. The government tries to quarantine the contagion by herding the newly blind people into an empty asylum. But their attempts are futile. The city is in panic.

Award-winning playwright Simon Stephens has adapted Nobel Prize-winner José Saramago’s dystopian novel Blindness as a sound installation, directed by Walter Meierjohann with immersive binaural sound design by Ben and Max Ringham. Juliet Stevenson voices the Storyteller/Doctor’s wife in this gripping story of the rise and, ultimately, profoundly hopeful end of an unimaginable global pandemic.

This ticketed installation for a limited number of visitors runs 4 times a day, with seating arranged 2m apart in accordance with social distancing guidelines in a transformed Festival Theatre. Visitors will listen on headphones as the narrative unfolds around them.

Audio Description is available at every performance.

Due to the subject matter we recommend the installation for people aged 15 years and above. The installation includes extended periods of complete blackout, strobe and bright flashing lights in close proximity to visitors and loud noises. Blindness contains the following themes: discussion of sexual assault, description of an act of physical assault and explorations of psychological trauma.

Seating is sold in pairs with 2metre spacing between each pair and audience numbers are very limited. A number of single seats are available for every performance but these can't be purchased online. To buy a single seat please email 

Artistically and technologically pioneering… Stevenson relays the story with her usual impeccable verbal poise

Daily Telegraph

An exhilarating testament to the power and necessity of art… a unique and unforgettable achievement


Blindness Reviews

Friends 20% off (Tuesday to Friday 1pm and 3.15pm performances only)

Concessions £3 off (Tuesday to Friday 1pm and 3.15pm performances only) Concessions are limited and may be withdrawn at any time.

Discounts are available to people with disabilities, please call box office to buy your tickets. If you would like to book a wheelchair space or if you have any special requirements, please phone the box office who can advise. Our staff can be called on 0131 529 6000, by using Text Relay on 18002 0131 529 6003, or emailed at

From Monday 28 June 2021, the Box Office phones will be open Mon-Fri, 11-3pm.

All discounts may be withdrawn at any time. 

Audio Description is available at every performance via a separate channel on the headphones provided. 

With the voice of Juliet Stevenson


Based on the novel by José Saramago

Adapted by Simon Stephens

Directed by Walter Meierjohann


Sound Designers Ben and Max Ringham

Designer Lizzie Clachan

Lighting Designer Jessica Hung Han Yun

Production Consultant Professor Hannah Thompson

Resident Assistant Director Sara Aniqah Malik

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