Following last month’s autism-friendly performance of Disney’s The Lion King, the Theatre Royal on Drury Lane has announced that it too will be staging a relaxed performance of Sam Mendes’ Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on 19 January. Designed to cater for those with special needs, the show will make theatre more accessible to minority groups.
The performance will be working with Mousetrap Theatre Projects, a charity dedicated to enhancing the experience of the theatre for children who might not otherwise be able to enjoy it. Among the alterations made to the original production are adjustments to sound and lighting, trained volunteers and staff present at the venue and free support resources available on the Mousetrap website, which will provide introductory material and support for parents, carers and children.
Mousetrap works to bring 12,000 young people to see a popular London production every year, and the relaxed production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory means that people with special needs will have the opportunity to watch a two-time Olivier Award-winning production that has broken records at the Theatre Royal.
Mousetrap is ‘thrilled to offer families with young people with special needs the wonderful opportunity to attend a relaxed performance of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,’ says Director of Mousetrap Theatre Projects Susan Whiddington. ‘Over the years, we have had so many requests from families to see this fantastic musical and we know it will be a very special experience for all the families.’
Visit www.charlieandthechocolatefactory.com/charlieandthechocolatefactory-relaxed-performance.asp for further information and www.mousetrap.org.uk for access to free resource materials.