Theatre South East supports Relaxed Performances.
Relaxed performances are specially adapted performances for adults and children who have autism, learning difficulties or sensory communication disorders and are thankfully becoming more regular in local and West End Theatres.
Although adjustments vary from theatre to theatre and on the production, they may include:
A more welcoming foyer with quiet or activity areas.
The show may go ahead with the house lights in the auditorium dimmed or on.
There may be no loud or sudden noises in the production.
There may be no strobe or special lighting effects.
Any music will be played quieter.
There will be a more informal atmosphere in the auditorium, where audiences may be free to move around and noises from the audiences will be tolerated.
Theatre staff often have special training to help at these performances.
Check with the theatre first and they will tell you what to expect.
Relaxed Performances in London and the South East.
Wednesday 8th March – 6.30pm
Producer Judy Craymer is delighted to announce a relaxed performance of MAMMA MIA! at the Novello Theatre on Wednesday 8 March. The performance, which will begin at 6.30pm, will be staged in consultation with Mousetrap Theatre Projects (MTP). Relaxed performances are designed to provide an opportunity for people with autism, learning difficulties or other sensory and communication needs who require a more relaxed environment.
Judy Craymer said, “I am very proud that MAMMA MIA! has always been a musical for everyone. I was overwhelmed by the wonderful audience response we had to the previous relaxed performances held in 2013 and 2016 and we are delighted to stage another this March. Theatre has always been and must continue to be inclusive for all. MAMMA MIA!’s heart-warming story has great appeal, the cast and everyone involved in MAMMA MIA! is very much looking forward to this special performance.”
The global smash hit musical MAMMA MIA! is currently booking to Saturday 30 September 2023 at London’s Novello Theatre.
The London cast is led by Mazz Murray as Donna, Josie Benson as Tanya, Gemma Goggin as Rosie, Norman Bowman as Sam, Christopher Dickins as Harry, Stephen Beckett as Bill, Meg Hateley as Sophie, Miles Henderson as Sky, Natasha Heyward as Ali, Olivia Lallo as Lisa, Lucca Chadwick-Patel as Eddie and Jake Bailey as Pepper, with Jennifer Adab playing Donna at certain performances.
Sunday 12th March – 3.00pm
Lead producer Colin Ingram, together with Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale, the creators of the Back To The Future film trilogy, are delighted to announce that BACK TO THE FUTURE The Musical will play its first ever relaxed performance at the Adelphi Theatre on Sunday 12 March 2023. Please click here to book.
Relaxed performances are open to everyone, but may benefit those who normally find it challenging to access and enjoy theatre. The performance will include reduced volume and lighting states with a laid-back approach to audience movement permitting and encouraging everyone to relax and respond naturally.
The critically acclaimed Olivier, WhatsOnStage and Broadway World Award-winning Best New Musical had its opening night in London on Monday 13 September 2021. The musical recently broke box office records at the Adelphi Theatre for the highest gross sales in one week.