Panto season is one of the most joyous and magical times of the year and no one should feel excluded from enjoying the wonders of Pantomime.

Following such positive feedback from providing a Relaxed Performance and a Dementia-Friendly performance at last year’s panto Cinderella, the Queen’s Theatre is delighted to be offering these two specially adapted performances again for this year’s festive extravaganza, Beauty and the Beast.

These adapted performances welcomes people of all ages who will benefit from a relaxed, quieter and supportive environment including people with an Autism Spectrum Condition, sensory and communication disorders, a learning disability or Dementia.

The theatre welcomes those who may usually be prevented from visiting the theatre to attend these tailored performances. Relaxed performances provide a comfortable setting for audience members who might find it difficult to follow the usual conventions of theatre etiquette. By creating an informal environment it will enable patrons to just be themselves without the need for families or carers to worry about the effect it may have on others around them. It is assured that audience noise is permitted throughout the performance and individuals who may feel overwhelmed are free to leave to a ‘chill out’ area in the foyer and return when they feel ready at any point during the show. House lights will be kept on throughout the performances, extremely loud noises and flashing lights will be removed or reduced and additional staff will be on hand to provide extra assistance front of house.

The Relaxed Performance will take place on Tuesday 2 January at 5.30pm and the Dementia-Friendly Performance will take place on Wednesday 3 January at 1.30pm. Tickets for these Relaxed Performances are £12.50. To book tickets please call the Box Office on 01708 443333 or stop by in person to discuss your requirements.

Written by Andrew Pollard and directed by Martin Berry, Beauty and the Beast is packed with sparkling sets, colourful costumes, tunes that you all know, lots of laughter and tailored audience participation.

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