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Relaxed performances

Relaxed performances

Perfect for anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed performance environment – including those with an autism spectrum condition or learning disability.

What's different?

  • the lights in the audience will be up so that it's not too dark
  • you can make noise during the show
  • you can come and go as you please
  • if you need a break there are chill out areas in the foyer 
  • We make small changes to the lights and sound (such as taking out strobes lights) so that the performance is more accessible if you have sensory sensitivities.


The National Theatre provides a limited number of Relaxed performances, and these will be listed below, when available.

Parent on Relaxed Puppetry Workshop: ‘They're great. It allows the children and young adults with additional needs to really feel confident and safe. To completely enjoy themselves without being judged. They’re facilitated in feeling more able in themselves.’


With thanks to: The Band Trust for their support towards relaxed performances.

Relaxed Workshops
A Winter's Tale (a relaxed workshop for families with additional needs)
Wed 20 February
11am – 12.30pm or 1pm – 2.30pm

What to expect at a Relaxed Performance

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