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Stagetext: Captions Speak Louder

A caption box showing some orange captions from a Romeo and Juliet production

Come and explore this first of its kind exhibition, mapping the growth of theatre captioning through the work of deaf-led charity Stagetext.

Join us as Stagetext celebrate their 21st anniversary with this new free exhibition that explores the history of captioning through the stories of those who made it happen and the people whose lives were changed as a result.

Based on an archive of Stagetext’s history, it details how the charity evolved over the last two decades, and how captions and subtitles have made theatres, galleries, and museums a much more welcoming place for deaf audiences.

Stagetext are the leading advocate for and supplier of captions and subtitles to arts organisations, and are passionate about making the arts a more welcoming and accessible place. The Barbican have worked with Stagetext from the beginning and continue to offer captioned performances. Stagetext’s first ever captioned show, the RSC’s The Duchess of Malfi, was held at the Barbican in November 2000.

Sat 20 Nov, 7.15pm
RSC: The Comedy of Errors
Captioned performance

The Captions Speak Louder project is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and made possible thanks to National Lottery players.

Stagetext’s principal funder is Arts Council England.

Created with the support of the Barbican and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Level G