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Relaxed performance of War Horse to be staged in September

The cast of War Horse at the New London Theatre. Photo: Brinkhoff Mogenburg
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War Horse is to stage a relaxed performance at the New London Theatre, in association with the National Autistic Society.

The performance, designed for people with autism, sensory or communication disorders or learning disabilities, will take place on September 20.

Audience members will be free to come and go as they please throughout the performance and lighting and sound levels will be adjusted to soften their impact. In addition, all front of house, cast and crew will have attended an autism awareness training session.

War Horse, now in its seventh year on the London stage, follows shows such as The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Romeo and Juliet and The Elephantom in staging relaxed performances.

The cast of Mamma Mia! also staged a relaxed performance of the West End musical last November.

The National Autistic Society’s chief executive, Mark Lever, said: “The NAS is delighted that the National Theatre has made adjustments to their production of War Horse which will minimise the impact of stage lighting and amplified music, enabling more people with autism and their families to enjoy the thrill of a live performance.”

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