The Lion King presents autism-friendly performance

Date Posted: 27/02/2014

Following the success of its first dedicated autism-friendly performance last year, Disney’s The Lion King is set to present a second show on 4th May at 1:30pm. Tickets are now on sale.

The Lion King staged what was the West End’s first-ever autism-friendly performance in April last year.

Working closely with The National Autistic Society, the UK’s leading charity for people with autism and their families, and following a successful programme at the show in New York, The Walt Disney Company adapted the performance to make it more suitable to those affected by autism.

The performance will include modifications to the booking process, performance and the theatre environment, including:

•    The theatre’s foyer will include designated quiet and activity areas; staffed by experts in autism throughout the performance should anyone need to leave their seats.   

•    Slight adjustments are made to the performance itself, including the reduction of jarring sounds or strobe lighting that face the audiences.  

•    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 school groups who have an autism spectrum disorder.

An autism-friendly website and booking system has been set up specifically for this performance.

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