Matilda confirms date for 2016 relaxed performance

Matilda the Musical. Photo: Manuel Harlan
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West End show Matilda the Musical is to host a third relaxed performance, aimed at people with autism and learning difficulties.

Following on from relaxed performances in 2014 and 2015, the Royal Shakespeare Company – which produces Matilda – is working with the National Autistic Society and Mousetrap Theatre Projects to produce a third event, which will take place on June 12.

Designed to reduce elements of the production that could cause anxiety or stress, the relaxed performance will have adjusted lighting and sound levels and audience members will be able to move around the auditorium.

The performance will also be audio described.

Relaxed performances have been in place at the RSC’s home in Stratford-upon-Avon since 2013.

RSC executive director Catherine Mallyon said: “We hope that everyone feels welcome at our theatres and our productions. Following the success of our first two relaxed performances of Matilda the Musical, we are so pleased to offer a third to people with autism and learning disabilities and their families, recognising that it isn’t always easy to all come out together.”

Matilda, which is running at the Cambridge Theatre, is written by Tim Minchin and Dennis Kelly and directed by Matthew Warchus.

It is produced in the West End by the RSC with Andre Ptaszynski and Denise Wood as executive producers.