Peter Pan

The Lion King (sold out)

Matilda the Musical

War Horse

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Aladdin

Gangsta Granny

 

Autism-friendly performances can be a fantastic way for people on the autism spectrum to enjoy a live theatre show. From reduction to sound levels, changes to lighting to a relaxed attitude to movement in and out of the auditorium and chill-out areas,to theatre staff and cast training, a number of adjustments are made to make the experience as inclusive as possible.

Find out about the work we do with theatres to offer autism-friendly and relaxed shows.

Autism-friendly/relaxed performances coming up

The shows which are listed as 'Relaxed performances' will also include audience members who have other disabilities.

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Peter Pan

Venue: Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, London NW1 4NU 
Date: 30 May 2018, 2.15pm
Tickets: Price bands range from £25 (access rate) to £55

We are working with Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre to put on a specially adapted performance is suitable for autistic people and their families and friends. With trained staff on hand, a dedicated quiet area should anyone need to leave their seats and a reduced audience capacity, this daytime performance of the classic story will be a day out to remember. 

As an outdoor theatre without the perceived barriers of walls and ceiling, theatregoing at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre is an open and welcoming experience, and one which families can enjoy together.

Tickets can be booked by emailing boxoffice@openairtheatre.com or calling 0207 467 4921. Lines are open Monday to Friday, from 11am to 5pm.

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The Lion King

This performance has now sold out. 

Venue: Lyceum Theatre, 21 Wellington St, London WC2E 7RQ 
Date: Sunday 3rd June 2018, 1.30pm
Tickets: Varied

Tickets are now on sale for the fifth dedicated autism-friendly performance of Disney’s The Lion King. Partnering with our charity,the team at the Lyceum Theatre create a friendly and supportive environment to enjoy London’s landmark musical. These specially adapted performance are suitable for autistic people, with trained staff on hand and dedicated quiet and activity areas made available should anyone need to leave their seats.

Disney’s acclaimed musical is now in its 19th triumphant year at the Lyceum Theatre in the heart of London’s West End. Set against the majesty of the Serengeti Plains and to the evocative rhythms of Africa, the multi award-winning musical will redefine your expectations of theatre. 

Brilliantly reimagined by acclaimed director Julie Taymor, Disney's beloved film has been transformed into a spectacular theatrical experience that explodes with glorious colours, stunning effects and enchanting music.

At its heart is the powerful and moving story of Simba – the epic adventure of his journey from wide-eyed cub to his destined role as King of the Pridelands.

Matilda the Musical

London

Venue: Cambridge Theatre, Earlham Street, London WC2H 9HU 
Date: Sunday 10 June 2018, 3pm
Tickets: £10 - £25, booked over the RSC phone line (01789 403493)

Birmingham

Venue: Birmingham Hippodrome, Hurst Street, Southside, Birmingham B5 4TB 
Date: Thursday 19 July 2018, 2pm
Tickets: £13.50, booked over the Birmingham Hippodrome phone line (0844 338 5000)

Matilda the musical cartoon graphic 

We are working closely with the Royal Shakespeare Company and Mousetrap Theatre Projects to offer full access to the theatres in both London and Birmingham for autistic people and their families, and people with learning disabilities. The performance will provide a relaxed environment for everyone, with elements of the production adapted and lighting and sound levels reduced to soften their impact. Audience etiquette throughout is relaxed, with chill-out areas available. Matilda the Musical has now bee seen by more than 7.7 million people worldwide, and has picked up many awards in that time.

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War Horse (relaxed performance)

Venue: The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays M50 3AZ
Date: Thursday 28 June 2018, 2pm 
Tickets: £15 (essential companions go free)

The Lowry Theatre is delighted to be hosting the first relaxed performance of War Horse in the north of England! 

At the outbreak of World Ware One, Joey, young Albert's beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped to France. He's soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary journey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man's land. Albert, who remained on his parents' Devon farm, cannot forget Joey and embarks on a treacherous mission to bring him home.

This special performance will be particularly appropriate for anyone who may find the usual theatre environment challenging, be that due to autism, a learning disability or a fear of the dark, loud noises or confined spaces. It's a brilliant opportunity to see an incredible show that has broken records in the West End and around the world, and is returning to to The Lowry for the third time. Recommended for ages 10 and over.

To book tickets, call 0161 876 2183.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Venue: Palace Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 5AY
Date: Part 1 is Thursday August 23, Part 2 is Friday August 24. Both parts of the performance start at 7.30.
Tickets: Between £30 - £90 (for both parts) depending on seats

Harry Potter and the Cursed child logo (a snitch)

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has partnered with our charity to create a performance specially adapted for autistic theatregoers and their families. Trained staff will be available to help you on the day, and the theatre itself will have plenty of quiet spaces for you to use before or during the show.

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a new play by Jack Thorne. It's the eight story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The critically acclaimed production became the most awarded West End play in the history of the Olivier Awards, wnning a record-breaking nine awards including Best New Play and Best Director.

This adapted performance doesn't take away any of the magic of the original performance, but small adaptations, particularly to the theatre experience - from security to merchandise and seating, and quiet areas - mean this inaugural performance will be perfect for autistic people who may be unable to cope with regular showings. If you still have questions about the show, you might find them on this page

To book tickets, call the Nimax Access line on 0330 333 4410‚Äč.

Aladdin

Venue: The Prince Edward Theatre, Old Compton Street, Soho, London W1D 4HS
Date: Tuesday, 28 August 2018
Tickets: Varied

A performance quoted as 'Sheer Genie-us' by the Evening Standard, Disney's Spectacular west end musical Aladdin is delighted to announce its second autism-friendly performance in London in partnership with our charity. Breathtaking sets, astonishing special effects, over 350 lavish costumes and a fabulous cast and orchestra bring the magic of Disney's Aladdin to life on the west end stage. Featuring all the hits from the classic Academy Award-winning film including 'Friend Like Me', 'A whole new world' and Arabian Nights', prepare to experience the unmissable theatrical magic that is Aladdin.
The show will have slight adjustments made - so certain sound and lighting effects are less surprising, introductions from the cast so audience members know what to expect, trained staff on hand to support audience members, quiet rooms on the day and visual tools available in the lead up. These small changes can make a huge difference in making the show more accessible for autistic people.  

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Venue: Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall. Theatre Square, Nottingham, NG1 5ND
Date: Thursday 12 July 2018, 7.00pm
Tickets: £10 - £24

Gangsta Granny

It’s Friday night and Ben knows that means only one thing – staying with Granny! There will be cabbage soup, cabbage pie and cabbage cake and Ben knows one thing for sure – it’s going to be sooooooooo boring! But what Ben doesn’t know is that Granny has a secret – and Friday nights are about to get more exciting than he could ever imagine, as he embarks on the adventure of a lifetime with his very own Gangsta Granny!

From the acclaimed producers of Horrible Histories comes the award-winning West End production of this amazing story by David Walliams, the UK’s best-selling author for children.

Relaxed Performances provide an opportunity for customers who may find it difficult to come and see a show to experience the joy of live theatre. It's still the same show, but with some small changes to the sound levels, lighting and no pyrotechnics or strobe lighting is used. These performances will provide a less formal, more supportive atmosphere in order to reduce anxiety levels.

The auditorium doors will be left open and customers, if they wish, are allowed to move around during the performance. The Dress Circle Foyer will be made into a quiet space for the duration of the show, whereby if customers need to leave the auditorium for any reason they can go to this space and relax before deciding whether to go back in for the rest of the show. For these performances there will also be an increased number of wheelchair spaces available. These will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

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