RSC to stage fourth relaxed Matilda performance

Zaris-Angel Hator from Matilda the Musical at the Cambridge Theatre

Picture: Roy Tan

The Royal Shakespeare Company is to present its fourth special relaxed performance of Matilda the Musical on Sunday 11 June at London’s Cambridge Theatre.

This year’s performance of the hit show follows on from similar sell-out events last year and in 2015 and 2014, and builds on the RSC programme of relaxed performances started in Stratford-upon-Avon in 2013.

Working in conjunction with the National Autistic Society and Mousetrap Theatre Projects, the eighth RSC relaxed performance offers full access to the theatre for people with autism and learning disabilities.

The concept involves the provision of a relaxed environment with elements such as lighting and sound adjusted to reduce anxiety or stress. Designated ‘chill-out’ areas will be provided outside the auditorium with soft seating and activities for people to use if they want to take a break. The performance will also be audio-described.

The Royal Shakespeare Company is offering tickets for the 3pm performance at the reduced rate of £25 and £10. These can be booked through the RSC Ticket Hotline or in person at the Cambridge Theatre box office from Tuesday 21 March 2017.

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. Detailed event and transport information will also be available from the show’s website.

Winner of more than 75 major international awards, including 15 for Best Musical, Matilda the Musical has been seen by more than 6.5 million people worldwide. After sweeping the board at the 2012 Olivier Awards where it collected a record-breaking seven awards, Matilda The Musical has now played in 50 cities worldwide and continues to enchant audiences in London, Australia and on tour around North America.

The musical is written by playwright Dennis Kelly, with music and lyrics by comedian, musician and composer Tim Minchin, and directed by Matthew Warchus. The production is designed by Rob Howell; with choreography by Peter Darling; orchestrations, additional music and musical supervision by Christopher Nightingale; lighting by Hugh Vanstone; sound by Simon Baker and the special effects and illusions are by Paul Kieve.

Matilda the Musical is produced in the West End by the Royal Shakespeare Company with André Ptaszynski and Denise Wood as executive producers. The production was developed with the support of company dramaturg Jeanie O’Hare and the RSC Literary Department.

Angela Thomas


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