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Stagetext increases access to the arts for people with a hearing loss by promoting the use of captioning systems that display the text as it is sung or spoken, enabling people with a hearing loss to follow dialogue on an equal basis with their hearing peers. Our funding supports core costs.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £154,139
  • 2013-2014: £157,684
  • 2014-2015: £161,784

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The founding of STAGETEXT: "It's like day and night"

This film tells some of the story behind how STAGETEXT and theatre captioning got started in the UK. We hope you enjoy it!

One Man, Two Guvnors captioned performance

STAGETEXT present the captioned performance with live speech-to-text of the National Theatre's One Man, Two Guvnors at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, London. This video is an interview with the captioner and speech-to-text reporter outlining the experience they offer to audiences.


Subtitled trailer for The Duck House at the Vaudeville Theatre. The Duck House will be captioned on 26th February 2013 - see the STAGETEXT website for booking details

Getting More Theatre For Your Bucks

In this short film, audience members talk about their experience of attending captioned theatre performances. At a captioned performance, the text of the play is displayed as the actors sing or speak the lines, which can ensure that every audience member catches every word. To find out more about theatre captioning, please visit our website: You can also sign up for a monthly e-newsletter which lists the captioned performances that are taking place across the country by emailing us at We look forward to seeing you at a captioned show soon!

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Speech-to-text transcription for talks in museums and galleries

This is a film about the work STAGETEXT is currently doing to help museums and galleries make their talks accessible to deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people through speech-to-text transcription.

Captioning in theatre

A demonstration of how captioning in theatres can make a real difference to the 1 in 6 people in our population with a hearing loss.

See a Voice online learning and toolkits

We all have the right to enjoy the theatre without facing barriers. Did you know that 11 million people in the UK are deaf or visually impaired? Could you be welcoming more of them to your venue? Email Rosie at for more information about See a Voice online learning for theatres and arts organisations.

A Play in the Life of a Captioner - STAGETEXT

Captioning in theatres offers one in seven people who are deaf, deafened or hard of hearing access to plays and performances. Here, captioner Alex Romeo tells us all about the work that goes into captioning one show. From receiving the script to the final performance, and all the work that goes into giving deaf people the same access as their hearing counterparts. Hundreds of plays are captioned each year, giving access to audiences with a hearing loss. For more information about STAGETEXT and upcoming captioned shows, just go to You can follow STAGETEXT on Twitter: @STAGETEXT You might also be interested in joining one of the new social groups STAGETEXT is setting up to encourage deaf Londoners to attend plays together. Email for more information!

Speeches from the STAGETEXT 10th Anniversary Party

This is footage from our 10th Anniversary Event which took place on Thursday 25th November 2010 at the Lyceum Theatre in London.

Vox Pops from the STAGETEXT 10th Anniversary Party

This is footage from our 10th Anniversary Event which took place on Thursday 25th November 2010 at the Lyceum Theatre in London.

10th Anniversary PowerPoint Presentation.wmv

This presentation was shown at the STAGETEXT 10th anniversary event. Find out what directors, actors and caption users think about STAGETEXT.

Feedback from the Donmar Warehouse

Feedback from the Donmar Warehouse

Vox Pops from a captioned show

Vox Pops from STAGETEXT's "Introduction to Theatre Captioning" DVD

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