The Lion King 
War Horse 
Gangsta Granny

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.

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Autism-friendly/relaxed performances coming soon

The Lion King

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 The National Autistic Society, 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.

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War Horse Relaxed performance

Venue: The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, Greater Manchester, M50 3AZ
Date: Thursday 28 June, 2pm
Tickets: £15

Following 8 record-record breaking years in London’s West End and having played in 11 countries around the world to over 7 million people, the National Theatre’s acclaimed play WAR HORSE tours the UK from September 2017 and arrives in Salford June 2018. 

The National Autistic Society will be collaborating with The Lowry and the National Theatre to bring a relaxed performance that is suitable for autistic people and their families. Trained staff and small adjustments made to the performance are just some of the things that will make this performance accessible for those who may find mainstream shows difficult to attend.

Based on the beloved novel by Michael Morpurgo, this powerfully moving and imaginative drama, filled with stirring music and songs, is a show of phenomenal inventiveness. At its heart are astonishing life-sized horses by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, who bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to thrilling life on stage.

To book tickets, call 0161 876 2183 (this performance cannot be booked online)

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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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