In a first for London’s West End, a dedicated autism-friendly performance of Disney’s The Lion King will take place on Sunday 14 April, 2013, at the Lyceum Theatre.
The National Autistic Society is working closely with Disney on this special performance. Adjustments will be made to create a friendly and supportive atmosphere for people with autism and their families, including:
- the theatre’s foyer will have designated quiet and activity areas staffed by autism experts, should anyone want to leave their seats during the performance
- slight adjustments will be made to the performance itself, including the reduction of jarring sounds or strobe lighting facing the audience
- the cast of The Lion King, along with Lyceum Theatre box office and front of house staff will be given training to understand the needs of an audience of children and adults with autism, and their families and friends
- a dedicated website and booking system has been set up specifically for the performance.
The performance follows a successful autism-friendly programme of The Lion King in New York. Two dedicated performances took place on Broadway in 2011 and 2012.
For more information on the performance, click here.