The Prince Edward Theatre has become the first West End venue to receive an award from the National Autistic Society, honouring its efforts to welcome autistic audience members.
Currently home to Aladdin, the theatre has won an Autism Friendly award from the society, recognising what the theatre does to make the experience more comfortable for people with autism, including training staff and adapting performances.
For Aladdin, dedicated autism-friendly performances include adapting the foyer to include quiet areas, adjustments to the performance itself – including reducing “jarring sounds” – and a specific website that helps people with autism prepare for their visit.
Prince Edward Theatre general manager Graham Bradbury said the award reflected the “hard work, dedication and commitment to staff training” at the venue.
The next autism-friendly performance of Aladdin will be held on August 28.