Bristol Old Vic has announced it is introducing baby-friendly performances to make its work more accessible for parents and carers who may not otherwise be able to attend shows.
Held at 10:30am, the performances are open for parents and carers with children under 18 months old, who may be unable to attend traditional evening or matinee shows times.
This autumn, Pride and Prejudice* (*Sort of) will have a parent-friendly performance on September 24, while the theatre’s next main-house show Cyrano will have a 10:30 show on November 5.
The theatre said the new scheme follows its existing work with Parents and Carers in Performing Arts, which has focused on people with parental caring responsibilities. However, a spokeswoman said, “the organisation also recognised the difficulties for parents and guardians who wish to reach theatre”.
She said: “The babes-in-arms policy enables parents or guardians to book a full-price ticket with no extra charge for the child, while the new morning show means there’s still enough time to make the school pick up.”
Earlier this year, the West End hosted its first known parent and baby performance, of Emilia, which was attended by more than 170 babies.