Matilda the Musical

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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Matilda the Musical

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)

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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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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

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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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