Autism Friendly Performances
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.
Autism-friendly/relaxed performances coming up
The shows which are listed as 'Relaxed performances' will also include audience members who have other disabilities.
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 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.
Venue: The Prince Edward Theatre, Old Compton Street, Soho, London W1D 4HS
Date: Tuesday, 28 August 2018
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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The Southbank Centre & Royal Festival Hall are introducing more Relaxed Performances, suitable particularly for people with autistic spectrum conditions, sensory and communication disorders and learning disabilities.
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