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The Royal Shakespeare Company presents 'relaxed performance' of Matilda the Musical for audience with autism and learning disabilities

Following two sold-out years in 2014 and 2015, the Royal Shakespeare Company is presenting a third relaxed performance of Matilda The Musical for an audience with autism and learning disabilities.

The National Autistic Society and Mousetrap Theatre Projects will again work closely with the RSC, enabling audience members to enjoy full access to Cambridge Theatre, London.

The performances take place in 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 freer approach to noise and moving around the auditorium during the performance.

'Chill out' areas are provided outside the auditorium with soft seating and activities for people to use if they want to take a break from the performance, which will also be audio-described.

After a recent relaxed performance, one family said: “What you create with these events are a little bit of magic and pixie dust,  memories which keep our  families afloat during our more challenging day to day lives.”

The RSC was among the first theatre companies to promote the 'relaxed performances' and has put on similar productions in Stratford-upon-Avon since 2013. 

Inspired by Roald Dahl’s beloved book, the multi-award-winning Matilda The Musical is written by playwright Dennis Kelly, with music and lyrics by comedian, musician and composer Tim Minchin.

The Royal Shakespeare Company is offering tickets for the performance at the Cambridge Theatre on Sunday 12 June at 3pm at the reduced rate of £25 and £10 which can be booked through the RSC Ticket Hotline or in person at the RSC box office from Tuesday 9 February.

All theatre goers will be sent a visual story to help them familiarise themselves with the plot, characters and the setting before they arrive at the theatre. Detailed event and transport information will also be available from

Box Office: RSC Ticket Hotline 01789 403493/ Cambridge Theatre 0844 412 4652
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