Second Matilda Relaxed Performance

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1:30pm, 20th February
Matilda The Musical at The Cambridge Theatre in London - image: Joan Marcus

The RSC presents a Relaxed Performance of Roald Dahl's Matilda - The Musical on Sunday 14 June at 3pm at The Cambridge Theatre

Following the sold-out success of the first relaxed performance of Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical in 2014, the Royal Shakespeare Company will present a second relaxed performance of Matilda The Musical at the Cambridge Theatre on Sunday 14th June at 3pm.

Matilda The Musical is based on Roald Dahl's much-loved story about plucky Matilda Wormwood. Adapted for the stage by playwright Dennis Kelly and directed by Matthew Warchus, Matilda The Musical features music and lyrics by Tim Minchin.

This will be the fifth relaxed performance that the Royal Shakespeare Company has staged to date. The National Autistic Society and Mousetrap Theatre Projects will again work closely with the RSC offering full access to the theatre for people with autism and learning disabilities.

This performance provides a relaxed environment, with elements of the production adapted to reduce anxiety or stress. Lighting and sound levels are adjusted to soften their impact and there is a different approach to noise and moving around the auditorium during the performance.  Designated ‘chill-out’ areas are provided outside the auditorium with soft seating and activities for people to use if being in the auditorium becomes overwhelming for them.

The Royal Shakespeare Company is offering tickets for this performance at the reduced rate of £25 and £10 which can be booked through the RSC ticket hotline or in person at the box office. All bookers will be sent a visual story to help them familiarise themselves with the plot, characters and the setting before they arrive at the theatre. For detailed event and transport information, visit the Matilda The Musical website.

Mark Lever, Chief Executive of the National Autistic Society said: 

“We are delighted that the RSC has shown such commitment to improving access for people with autism to fantastic shows such as Matilda The Musical. Trips to the theatre can pose enormous challenges to those living with the condition, but productions like these which are tailored, particularly to their sensory needs, enable whole families to experience the thrill of live theatre together.”  

Catherine Mallyon, Executive Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company said:

“The last relaxed performance of Matilda The Musical was incredibly successful and received such positive feedback, that we are now planning to present more of these performances across as many of our productions as possible.  As we have found with Matilda The Musical and our other shows in Stratford upon Avon, these specially tailored performances are a welcome addition for those audience members who have autism or other disabilities and who find it hard to attend live theatre. The inclusive welcome and relaxed atmosphere give everyone the chance to come and experience our work, and this is very important to us. This was illustrated recently at our relaxed performance of The Christmas Truce which was a hugely enjoyable experience for audiences and everyone involved.  Our actors and staff who work on the show found the experience profoundly rewarding.  We hope to continue, along with other UK theatres, to make this a standard feature of our artistic programming, along with our captioned and audio described performances.”

Susan Whiddington, Director of Mousetrap Theatre Projects said:

“We are delighted to be working collaboratively once again with Matilda The Musical in staging its second relaxed performance. Mousetrap Theatre Projects is committed to making theatre accessible for all and we are pleased to be working in conjunction with the Royal Shakespeare Company which has been a leader in staging exemplary relaxed performances.”       

Visit the Matilda website