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Relaxed Performances

Relaxed Performances provide an opportunity for customers who may find it difficult to come and see a show to experience the joy of live theatre.

It is still the same show but with some small changes to the sound levels, lighting and no pyrotechnics or strobe lighting is used. These performances will provide a less formal, more supportive atmosphere in order to reduce anxiety levels.

The auditorium doors will be left open and customers, if they wish, are allowed to move around during the performance. The Dress Circle Foyer will be made into a quiet space for the duration of the show, whereby if customers need to leave the auditorium for any reason they can go to this space and relax before deciding whether to go back in for the rest of the show. For these performances there will also be an increased number of wheelchair spaces available. These will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Visual Stories
A Visual Story to accompany the show will be available to download closer to the performance date – click on the Visual Stories link to view our generic venue visual stories.

Upcoming relaxed performances:
The Snowman & Peter and the Wolf – Thursday 29 December 3pm
Jack and the Beanstalk – Thursday 5 January 1.30pm & 7.15pm

For further information, prices, to arrange a familiarisation visit, any specific queries or to book tickets for these performances please contact Caroline Pope via email or on 0115 989 5627.

The Snowman & Peter and the Wolf

Keep the Christmas magic alive with a relaxed performance of this double bill of festival family favourites from Royal Northern Sinfornia. In this two part show you can see Prokofiev’s charming Peter and the Wolf narrated by CBeebies Pui Fan Lee, following by Raymond Brigg’s classic animated story The Snowman, screen on stage with a live orchestral soundtrack.

The relaxed performance will take place on Thursday 29 December at 3pm. This performance will also be British Sign Languages interpreted.

Contact Caroline Pope on 0115 989 5672 for more information or to book.

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The Snowman in his signature green cap and scarf with his red button nose flies through the night sky alongside the red-headed boy in his green dressing gown.

Jack & The Beanstalk

This pantomime season we are delighted to bring you two specially adapted and Relaxed Performances for customers with a wide range of disabilities and for those on the autistic spectrum. These performances may also be suitable for those with Dementia. They are also ideal for customers wishing to bring very young children to their very first pantomime!

The relaxed performances will take place on Thursday 7 January at 1.30pm and 7.15pm. These performances will also be British Sign Languages interpreted.

Contact Caroline Pope on 0115 989 5672 for more information or to book.

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The Chuckle Brothers, Tony Maudsley from Benidorm, and Chico from The X Factor pose in their brightly coloured costumes for this year's pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk, against a sparkling blue background with beanstalks climbing up the sides. The tagline reads: 'The panto you've bean waiting for!'

Comments from past Relaxed Performances

‘On behalf of my son and I, we would both like to say thank you! – we had a fantastic time! The curse is now broken thanks to you – he loves the Theatre Royal and is already asking what we can go and see next!’

‘Thank you to the Theatre Royal team for the help and support to allow our residents to attend the Aladdin performance. For most of our residents this was the first time they had visited a theatre. The staff and support at the theatre made our visit very accommodating’

‘Thank you, you made my son who is autistic very happy. I have never seen him laugh so much. It was lovely to see him so happy’

‘Came to the Relaxed Performance this evening and it was brilliant! I hope the evening will be back next year as I will definitely buy tickets. My little girl loved it’