A black and white photograph showing detail from the Sam Wanamaker’s Jacobean-style heavenly painted ceiling with clouds, angels and cherubs alongside the flares from lit candles.  In the centre a red circle is cropped to fit around a cloud, on which white text says “A new play inspired by Ovid” and black text says “Metamorphoses”.

What’s On & Online 30th September 2021

Welcome to What’s On & Online for Thursday 30th September, VocalEyes’ weekly listings of accessible arts and culture. It might be feeling autumnal but there’s lots here to keep you cheerful at venues and at home.

New audio descriptive guide: Whitehall Historic House

Explore the evocative gem of Whitehall Historic House in Cheam, Sutton with our new audio descriptive guide. Discover the Grade II* listed Tudor building with extensions added over the centuries to create a unique example of architecture. The guide is on 17 tracks – listen online or visit the house and use the directional tracks to take you on a self-guided tour.

What’s On

Chicago at Royal Derngate Northampton, audio described. Wednesday 6th October, 7:30pm. Tickets £20

“Murder, greed, corruption, exploitation, adultery and treachery…all those things we hold near and dear to our hearts” – So begins the international multi-award-winning musical, CHICAGO.

Booking contact number 01604 624811 

Booking contact email [email protected]

East is East at Lyttelton Theatre, National Theatre, audio described. Thursday 14th  October, 7:30pm. Touch tour at 6:30pm. Tickets £20

A much-loved comedy drama. Salford, 1971. George Khan wants to raise his family in the traditional Pakistani way, but his children have other ideas.

Booking contact number  02074523961
Booking contact email [email protected]

Northern Ballet’s Merlin at Theatre Royal Norwich, audio described ballet. Saturday 23rd October, 2:30pm. Tickets from £10

Discover how the world’s most famous sorcerer mastered his magic to unite a warring kingdom.

Booking contact number  01603 630000
Booking contact email [email protected]

Metamorphoses at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, audio described. Saturday 23rd October, 2:30pm. Touch tour at 12:30pm. Tickets from £5

A playful new piece of theatre inspired by Ovid’s powerful collection of myths, written bespoke for the candlelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse by the Globe’s first writers-in-residence in nearly four centuries.

Booking contact number 0207 401 9919
Booking contact email [email protected]

The Rocky Horror Show at Peacock Theatre, audio described. Sunday 24th October, 2:30pm. Tickets £18 – £65

Ready to thrill you with fun, this legendary rock n roll musical is a guaranteed party featuring timeless classics, including Sweet Transvestite, Damn it Janet and, of course, the pelvic-thrusting, show-stopping Time Warp!

Booking contact number 020 7863 8222
Booking contact email [email protected]

Don Pasquale at Glyndebourne, audio described opera. Monday 25th October, 4pm

Nimble and breathless, outrageous and exhilarating, Donizetti’s late comic masterpiece pits two generations against one another in a musical battle of wits and wills.

Booking contact number 01273 815000
Booking contact email [email protected]

What’s Online

Livestream from Shakespeare’s Globe

Twelfth Night, audio described livestream. Saturday 23rd October 7pm. Tickets from £5

Audio introductory notes available to listen to now.

Book tickets on Shakespeare’s Globe website.

Metamorphoses, livestream from Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, audio described . Friday 29th and Saturday 30th October, 7:30pm. Tickets from £5

Book tickets on Shakespeare’s Globe website.

Can I Live online film, audio described. Pay what you can tickets.

Fehinti Balogun’s response to the climate crisis using story, music and science. Buy tickets to watch from Home, Manchester from Monday 11th to Sunday 17th October or from Cambridge Junction, Monday 18th to Sunday 24th October

Can I Live online workshop on zoom, Home, Manchester. Thursday 14th October, 8:45pm

Sign up online

A link with joining instructions will be emailed out to you on the morning of the event. Please note that this event will be a safe space dedicated to people of the Global Majority.

Join this free, interactive online workshop and discussion in response to Can I Live? a vital new digital performance about the climate catastrophe. These events are for anyone keen to learn more about the climate emergency and how to take action after watching the show.

If you are unable to secure a place on this workshop, please check the full online events schedule for Can I Live?

TNF Soundings: Biography of James Joyce, 9mins

Listen online to a biography of James Joyce 1882-1941, the innovative and visually-impaired 20th century writer.

BBC Sounds: Owning Colour

Wayne Hemingway explores the artistic, commercial and cultural impact of colour in society and some of the intense legal battles that surround it.


David Tennant, star of Doctor Who, Good Omens and Broadchurch, gets talking with the biggest names from TV, movies, comedy and elsewhere. Featuring superstar names like Olivia Colman, James Cordon and Whoopi Goldberg.

AD on TV

Here’s our selection of TV programmes with AD for the week ahead. Highlights for this week are the film Rocketman on Friday 1st October, Channel 4 at 9pm. Set to his most beloved songs is the epic musical story of Elton John, from his breakthrough years in the 1970s to his fantastical transformation from the shy piano prodigy to international superstar and pop icon. There’s also Marcel Duchamp: The Art of the Impossible on Monday 4th October Sky Arts at 3pm. A film exploring one of the 20th Century’s most influential modernists and how his revolutionary ideas and philosophies changed the way we look at art.

Thursday 30th September

The Big Painting Challenge, BBC2, 2.15pm

Island Parish, BBC2, 3.15pm

Great British Railway Journeys, BBC4, 7pm

Timeshift, BBC4, 8pm

The Real Manhunt: The Nightstalker, ITV, 9pm

Friday 1st October

Dolly Parton: Song by Song, Sky Arts, 7pm

Unreported World, Channel 4, 7.30pm

The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice, Channel 4, 8pm

The Grantchester, ITV, 9pm

The Cleaner, BBC1, 9.30pm

Saturday 2nd October

Film: Now You See Me 2, Channel 4, 6.30pm

Treasures with Bethany Hughes, Channel 4, 7pm

Brazil with Michael Palin, BBC4, 8pm

Britain’s Forgotten Wars with Tony Robinson, Channel 4, 8pm

Film: Rocketman, Channel 4, 9pm

Sunday 3rd October

Film: Mrs Doubtfire, Channel 4, 4.15pm

Big Ben: Saving the World’s Most Famous Clock, Channel 4, 7pm

Lost Treasure Tombs of Ancient Maya, Channel 4, 8pm

Mortimer and Whitehouse: Gone Fishing, BBC2, 8pm

Monday 4th October

Marcel Duchamp: The Art of the Impossible, Sky Arts, 3pm

Beyond the Line: North Wales Traffic Cops, ITV, 8pm

Secrets of the Museum, BBC4, 8pm

Blair and Brown, The New Labour Revolution, BBC2, 9pm

Tuesday 5th October

Wonders of Scotland with David Hayman, ITV, 7.30pm

The Great British Bake Off, Channel 4, 8pm

Caught on Camera, ITV, 9pm

Dementia and Us, BBC2, 9pm

Wednesday 6th October

Celebrity Painting Challenge, BBC2, 2.15pm

An Island Parish, BBC2, 3.15pm

Catching a Predator, BBC2, 9pm

Hollington Drive, ITV, 9pm

Image description: A black and white photograph showing detail from the Sam Wanamaker’s Jacobean-style heavenly painted ceiling with clouds, angels and cherubs alongside the flares from lit candles.  In the centre a red circle is cropped to fit around a cloud, on which white text says “A new play inspired by Ovid” and black text says “Metamorphoses”.