From Wutan Punk, the word Punk appears over an aerial video image of the smog-filled city of Wutan. A bridge leads over a grey river into the industrial city. 

What’s On & Online 9th December 2021

Welcome to What’s On & Online for Thursday 9th December, VocalEyes’ weekly listings of accessible arts and culture to enjoy in person and at home. There’s still time to book for Christmas shows – they are going into January 2022! Find out more in our What’s On At Christmas guide. Next week will be our final What’s On & Online of 2021.

What’s On

Measure for Measure at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, audio described. Saturday 18th December, 2pm. Tickets £5 – £59

Shakespeare’s powerful and darkly comic play comes to thrilling life in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. In a hypersexualised, politically polarised society, morality is messy and principles are compromised. What would you be willing to lose in the fight for justice?

Booking contact number 0207 4019919 
Booking contact email [email protected]

Cinderella at Aylesbury Waterside, audio described. Wednesday 29th December, 1pm. Tickets £ £8.16, reduced from £24.50

This most popular of fairy tales is heading to town with a handsome prince, stunning Cinderella and flamboyant fairy godmother!

Booking contact number 0800 912 6971
Talk text 18001 0333 009 5399 
Booking contact email [email protected]

Jack and the Beanstalk at Orchard Theatre, Dartford, audio described. Thursday 30th December, 1pm. Tickets £ £16 – £42

A fun-filled Christmas extravaganza telling the fairy tale of a poor local lad who goes on a fantastic adventure up a beanstalk where fortune lies. With laugh-out-loud comedy, stunning scenery and, of course, plenty of audience participation.

Booking contact number 01322 220000
Online enquiry form 

Wolf Witch Giant Fairy at Royal Opera House, audio described. Sunday 2nd January, 2pm. Touch tour 1:15pm. Tickets £4 – £35

A wild folk opera of music, mischief and magic. Family friendly Christmas show for ages 5+

Book online

Booking contact number 020 7304 4000 
Booking contact email [email protected]

Pantoland at The Palladium, audio described. Thursday 6th January, 7:30pm. Tickets from £25

Donny Osmond and Julian Clary take you on a magical trip to Pantoland! Celebrate the very best of pantomime, with comedy in abundance and big show-stopping numbers, this star-filled extravaganza will be the ultimate feel-good show.

Booking contact number 020 7087 7747 
Booking contact email [email protected]

The Wiz at Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester, audio described. Saturday 8th January, 2:30pm. Tickets from £25

A retelling of the children’s classic The Wizard of Oz. A tale of courage and heart, where everyone can feel at home.

Booking contact number 0161 275 9141 
Booking contact email [email protected]

And Juliet at Shaftesbury Theatre, audio described. Tuesday 18th January, 7:30pm. Tickets £38.50

What if Juliet’s famous ending was really just her beginning? What if she decided to choose her own fate? A hilariously irreverent musical that proves when it comes to love, there’s always life after Romeo.

Booking contact number 0207 379 5399 
Booking contact email [email protected]

9-5 The Musical at Oxford New Theatre, audio described. Wednesday 19th January, 2:30pm. Tickets from £13

Tumble outta’ bed and stumble to Dolly Parton’s rip-roaring musical. Telling the story of three workmates pushed to boiling point by their sexist and egotistical boss.

Booking contact number 0800 912 6971
Typetalk Number 18001 0800 912 6971
Booking contact email [email protected]

Force Majeure At Donmar Warehouse, audio described. Saturday 29th January, 2:30pm. Touch tour 1pm. Tickets £10 – £45

Disaster strikes on a family skiing trip. An award-winning comedy about a family falling apart

Booking contact number 020 3282 3808
Booking contact email [email protected]

What’s Online

A Midsummer Night’s Dream from Royal New Zealand Ballet in collaboration with Audio Described Aotearoa, audio described ballet. Thursday 9th (9am) – Sunday 12th December (midnight). Free but registration essential

Watch the spectacular ballet in the comfort of your own living room. The performance lasts 110 minutes, plus 10 minutes of exclusive behind the scenes content. Written introductory notes will also be available on the website.

RIBA Architecture: Power up your creativity: new ways to draw, audio described YouTube 9mins

Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) brings you a step-by-step guide to show how you can take part in creative art activities at home using only household materials and basic stationery.

The Damned United: at home from Leeds Playhouse, available until Wednesday 22nd December, 7:30pm. Tickets £5 – £15

Audio described, signed and captioned. Duration: 70 mins. Age guidance 14+

Brian Clough, the enfant terrible of British football, tries to redeem his managerial career and reputation by winning the European Cup with his new team, Leeds United. The team he has openly despised for years, the team he hates and which hates him, Don Revie’s Leeds.

Adapted from David Peace’s acclaimed novel, The Damned United takes you inside the tortured mind of a genius slamming up against his limits, and brings to life the beauty and brutality of football, the working man’s ballet.

Glory: at home from Leeds Playhouse, available until Wednesday 22nd December, 7:30pm. Tickets £5 – £15

Audio described, signed and captioned. Duration 2hours. Age guidance: 16+.

Meet Dan, Ben and Sami.

Three wrestlers compelled over the ropes and into the ring to fight for glory. Three men wrestling with demons, life and each other. GLORY takes us into the wrestling ring in this painfully funny, sweaty and gutsy story about what people will do to achieve glory.

Wuhan Punk by Chris Zhongtian from Film and Video Umbrella, audio described YouTube 20mins

Wuhan, a low-key, unsung player in China’s rapid industrial transformation, the country’s seventh city had stayed mostly under the radar until the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. Far from the boomtowns of the Special Economic Zones, and often landed with the dirty work of iron and steel production or heavy-duty manufacturing, Wuhan was allegedly only famous for its grime and its smogs. But, as Chris Zhongtian Yuan’s Wuhan Punk suggests, the city’s rampant pollution and constant, deafening din, not to mention its air of alienated outsiderdom, may have helped create the conditions for something else that Wuhan became well known for – its vibrant punk rock scene.

How Magicians Think podcast

A fascinating deep dive into one of the most elusive and secretive performing arts: magic. Join Joshua Jay, one of the world’s most accomplished magicians, as he reveals the artistry and obsessiveness of magicians. Jay takes listeners around the globe to speak to the biggest names in magic, always in search of creative techniques and insights that anyone can apply to their own lives and passions. The episode Overcoming Obstacles features Richard Turner, one of the world’s finest card magicians…and he’s also blind.

TNF Soundings: Nature Notes

Listen to the 4-minute audio asking ‘Why do birds fly south in winter?’ Maybe there’s more to this question than we assume?

AD on TV

This week don’t miss Grayson’s Art Club, Friday 10th December, Channel 4, 9pm

Grayson Perry takes viewers behind the scenes at the magical setting of Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, as he oversees the creation of a moving exhibition of the public’s lockdown artworks from 2021. Here’s some more TV programmes with AD for the week ahead.

Thursday 9th December

Natural World, BBC2, 3pm

Mary Berry – Love to Cook, BBC2, 8pm

MasterChef: The Professionals, BBC1, 9pm

Friday 10th December

Gavin and Stacey Christmas Special, BBC1, 8.25pm

Grayson’s Art Club, Channel 4, 8pm

Vienna Blood, BBC2, 9pm

Saturday 11th December

Film: Liar, Liar, ITV, 1.50pm

Film: Johnny English, ITV, 3.30pm

Film: Nativity 2: Danger in a Manger, BBC2, 4.50pm

Film: Far from the Madding Crowd, BBC2, 6.35pm

Wartime Farm, BBC4, 7.30pm

Film: Bridget Jones Diary, ITVBe, 9pm

Sunday 12th December

How to Train your Dragon 2, BBC1, 3.20pm

Frozen Planet, BBC2, 4.55pm

Turkey with Simon Reeves, BBC2, 6pm

Film: Nativity Rocks, ITV2, 6.50pm

Les Mis at 25: Matt Lucas Dreams the Dream, BBC4, 8pm

Monday 13th December

Lucy Worsley’s Christmas Carol Odyssey, BBC4, 9pm

David Baddiel: Social Media, Anger and Us, BBC2, 9pm

Strictly the Real Full Monty, ITV, 9pm

Tuesday 14th December

Strictly the Real Full Monty, ITV, 9pm

Impeachment: American Crime Story, BBC2, 9pm

Wednesday 15th December

Thailand: Earths Tropical Paradise, BBC4, 8pm

Write around the World with Richard E Grant, BBC4, 9pm


Image description: From Wutan Punk, the word Punk appears over an aerial video image of the smog-filled city of Wutan. A bridge leads over a grey river into the industrial city.