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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to hold relaxed performance

Jonathan Slinger in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Photo: Matt Crockett Jonathan Slinger in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Photo: Matt Crockett
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Musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is to hold its first relaxed performance.

The performance, on January 19 at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, is aimed at families with one or more children special needs.

Producers said it was aimed at people with “autism, learning difficulties or other sensory and communication needs, who require a more relaxed environment to enjoy the show”.

As part of the relaxed performance there will be adjustments to light and sound during the event, with resources provided to families to help them prepare for the visit, including a guide for carers.

At the performance there will also be trained volunteers and staff to assist audience members.

Caro Newling, from production company Neal Street Productions, said the relaxed performance was a “great opportunity to share the world of this beautiful show with a new audience”.

The one-off event is being presented in association with Mousetrap Theatre Projects.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is directed by Sam Mendes, with a book by David Greig and music by Marc Shaiman. The lyrics are by Shaiman and Scott Wittman.

The musical follows other shows including Mamma Mia! and Matilda in holding relaxed performances.

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