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.
Prince Edward Theatre, London
Tuesday 29 August, 1.30pm
Aladdin has partnered with The National Autistic Society to create a friendly and supportive environment to enjoy Disney’s spectacular new West End musical. This specially adapted performance is suitable for people with autism, with trained staff on hand, and dedicated quiet and activity areas set up should anyone need to leave their seats.