Relaxed Performance – Birmingham, July 2018
27 Mar 2018
Following the sold-out success of the previous relaxed performances of Matilda The Musical, in London’s West End, the Royal Shakespeare Company will present its first relaxed performance of the UK and Ireland Tour production at Birmingham Hippodrome at 2pm on Thursday 19 July.
Building on the programme of relaxed performances that the RSC has been running in Stratford-upon-Avon since 2013, the RSC is proud to have been amongst the first to adopt and promote the concept. The National Autistic Society and Mousetrap Theatre Projects will again work closely with the RSC, offering full access to the theatre for people with autism and learning disabilities and their families.
The performance provides a relaxed environment for everyone, with elements of the production adapted to reduce anxiety or stress, and with lighting and sound levels adjusted to soften their impact. Audience etiquette throughout the whole theatre is also relaxed with all audience members given the freedom to make noise and/or move about the auditorium according to their needs without restriction. Designated ‘chill-out’ areas are provided outside the auditorium with soft seating and activities available for people to use if they want to take a break. All theatre staff, crew and company members also receive specialist training in advance to anticipate a wider range of different audience needs.
Tickets for the Birmingham Hippodrome relaxed performance are priced at the reduced rate of £13 (+50p booking fee per ticket) and can be booked through the box office ticket sales line on 0844 338 5000 (calls cost 4.5p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge). Specially trained staff will be able to help bookers by speaking to them directly and ensuring that all their specific needs and requirements are taken into consideration when assigning their seat allocation.