Disney’s hit musical Aladdin has announced it will be presenting an autism friendly performance of the show at the Prince Edward Theatre in August.
Having opened in London’s Prince Edward theatre in June 2016, Disney’s Aladdin has announced that it will be presenting an autism friendly performance of the musical for audiences on the 29th August.
With tickets for the performance on sale now, it follows the success of other previous autism friendly performances at productions such as The Lion King, whose upcoming autism friendly performance on the 4th June has already sold out.
This special performance has been designed specifically to make the musical more accessible for autistic people and the musical will work closely with The National Autistic Society, the UK’s leading charity for autistic people and their families, to deliver the performance.
Talking about the news , Daniel Cadey, Autism Access Development Manager at the National Autistic Society, said: “There are around 700,000 autistic people in the UK, and many struggle to cope with unfamiliar places and everyday sights and sounds which others are able to filter out, such as artificial lighting, background music or traffic noise.
“Autistic people and their families tell us that they would love to visit the theatre, but because of sensory issues and anxiety in unfamiliar surroundings, they are prevented from doing so. Aladdin’s production team have taken great care in adapting the show, including having a ‘visual story’ online which can help autistic people prepare for their visit in advance. ”
The West End production will be adapted in a number of ways for the performance including including the reduction of jarring sounds or strobe lighting that face the audience.
Meanwhile, the cast and front of house staff have been given training to understand the needs of an audience made up of adults and children who are autistic.
For more information about the performance and to book tickets especially for the 29th August visit: http://www.aladdinthemusical.co.uk/autismfriendly/.
Aladdin is currently booking at the Prince Edward Theatre until the 30th September 2017. To book tickets visit: Ticketmaster.co.uk, Discount Theatre.com, Last Minute.com, Theatre Tickets Direct.co.uk, Love Theatre.com, Theatre People.com and UK Tickets.co.uk.