The Lion King
Autism-friendly performances can be a fantastic way for people on the autism spectrum to enjoy a live theatre show. These shows will have had adjustments made in the form of reduction to sound levels, some changes to lighting and loud sound effects and strobe lighting taken out. There will be a relaxed attitude to movement in and out of the auditorium and there will be some designated chill-out areas available. The theatre staff and cast will also have received some training so they have some understanding of autism.
The shows which are listed as 'Relaxed performances' will also include audience members who have other disabilities.
Autism-friendly/relaxed performances coming soon:
The Lion King
Lyceum Theatre, London
Sunday 4 June, 1.30pm
Following sold-out performances over the last three years, Disney presents its fourth autism-friendly performance of the award-winning musical. Working in partnership with our charity, Disney's specially adapted performance will welcome everyone into a friendly, supportive environment, and create a theatrical event you will never forget.
Lyceum Theatre staff have had specialist training and will be on hand from the moment you call to book your tickets until you leave the theatre. A dedicated booking website has been created with a visual story to download to help you prepare for your trip.
On the day, volunteers from The National Autistic Society and Disney will be positioned throughout the theatre to support you. Outside the auditorium there will be relaxed quiet areas which you can visit at any point, and special adjustments have been made to the production, including lighting and sound, to make the environment comfortable for all.
Set against the majesty of the Serengeti Plains to the evocative rhythms of Africa, The Lion King uses breathtaking theatrical magic to tell the story of Simba’s epic journey to fulfil his destiny as King of the Pridelands.
Royal Shakespeare Company’s Matilda The Musical
Cambridge Theatre, London (Seven Dials London, Earlham St, London WC2H 9HU
Sunday 11 June 2017, 3.00pm
Following the sold-out success of previous relaxed performances of Matilda The Musical, the Royal Shakespeare Company presents its fourth relaxed performance at the Cambridge Theatre.
With book by Dennis Kelly, original songs by Tim Minchin and direction by Matthew Warchus, Matilda The Musical is the story of an extraordinary little girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny.
Watch this video to learn more about Matilda’s first relaxed performance in 2014.
The performance provides a relaxed environment, with elements of the production adapted to reduce anxiety or stress. Lighting and sound levels are adjusted to soften their impact and there is a relaxed attitude to noise and moving around the auditorium during the performance. Designated ‘chill-out’ areas are provided outside the auditorium with soft seating and activities for people to use if being in the auditorium becomes overwhelming for them.
Winner of over 85 international awards, including 16 for Best Musical, Matilda The Musical continues to delight audiences in London, on tour around Australia and in North America. Matilda will visit Auckland, New Zealand for a strictly limited season from August 2017 and will commence its first UK & Ireland Tour in March 2018.
Call the Royal Shakespeare Company Ticket Hotline on 01789 403 493 (10am-6pm) or book in person at the Cambridge Theatre Box Office.
Prince Edward Theatre, London
Tuesday 29 August, 1.30pm
Opening at the Prince Edward Theatre in London last summer, Disney’s newest musical Aladdin will stage its first ever autism-friendly this August. Small adjustments will be made to the whole theatre experience to present an unmissable experience for autistic people, their family and friends.
Join Aladdin, Jasmine, Genie, Jafar and the rest of the cast on a magical journey in Agrabah. Special adjustments have been made to the performance - from character introductions to volume reductions and the removal of sharp lighting effects – leaving you to enjoy the brilliant music, breathtaking sets and dazzling costumes.
Staff at the Prince Edward Theatre have been given specialist autism training, and will be accompanied by The National Autistic Society and Disney volunteers, so you know you’ll be in a welcoming, understanding environment. The performance has an exclusive booking site and visual story so you know what to expect on the day.
Outside of the auditorium, designated quiet spaces have been set up for before, after and during the performance. A lower number of seats are filled for the performance so as not to crowd the venue, making the experience more relaxing.