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National Theatre to put on Relaxed Performance of Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and JulietThe National Theatre will put on a Relaxed Performance of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet for young audiences aged 8 years and above in July.

The performance will take place on Tuesday July 30 at 2.30pm in The Shed, the National Theatre’s new temporary venue.

Specifically designed for people with an autistic spectrum condition, learning disability or sensory and communication disorders, Relaxed Performances give those who otherwise might feel excluded the chance to experience live performance. 

Bringing the play to life for a new generation

Lighting and special effects are adapted for the performances, such as reducing very loud noises; and additional audience movement and interaction are expected. Parts of The Shed foyer will be available as a quiet space to relax for those who need to leave and re-enter the auditorium during the show. After the performance, the audience will have the opportunity to stay to meet the actors who will be in costume but out of character.

The National Theatre’s take on Romeo and Juliet is a swift, contemporary celebration of Shakespeare’s much-loved drama, which they hope will bring the play to life for a new generation.
Set against a vibrant urban backdrop, bursting full of excitement, colour, dancing and live song, a company of 8 recreate the most famous love story of all time.

Tickets for the Relaxed Performance are £8 and can be booked by telephone only on 020 7452 3961. The line is open daily from 9.30am – 8pm.

The performance will be held at: The Shed, National Theatre, South Bank, London SE1 9PX.


Picture credit: Ludo des Congnets

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