The Lion King To Stage Autism Performance For The Third Time
30 Mar 2015Producers of The Lion King have announced they will present an autism-friendly showing of the musical this August, once again welcoming individuals affected by the condition to the specially adapted performance which will be staged in collaboration with the National Autistic Society on August 30th at 1.30pm.
This will be the third time that the show has put on a autism-friendly performance in London which will see the strobe lighting and jarring sounds reduced following previous successful shows in 2013 and 2014. The cast and staff in the theatre are specially trained to understand the needs of patrons with autism spectrum disorders and designated quiet areas, staffed by experts will be available for individuals wanting to leave the auditorium.
In addition to trying to ensure that individuals feel comfortable in the theatre during the actual performance, the musical have also set up an autism-friendly website www.lionkingautismfriendly.co.uk with an easy booking system that includes access to a downloadable 'social story' aiming to assist autistic clients to prepare for their visit by providing a user friendly guide to attempt to reduce anxiety taking individuals from the moment they arrive through to the final curtain of the show. .
The Lion King is not the only West End production trying to cater for and raise awareness for people suffering from autism as both The Railway Children and Matilda The Musical are staging relaxed specially designed performances this year that have been adapted for people with learning disabilities, autism spectrum conditions, and other sensory or communication disorders.