Following the success of last year’s Relaxed Performance of Aladdin in January 2016, Birmingham Hippodrome plays host to a Relaxed Performance of the rags-to-riches pantomime adventure, Dick Whittington on Thursday 26 January 2017. 

Relaxed performances are open to anyone, but are intended to cater for people with special needs who may find going to the theatre challenging, in particular people with an Autistic Spectrum Condition, learning disability or sensory and communication disorders.

To help make everyone feel welcome at Birmingham Hippodrome during a Relaxed Performance, fewer seats are available for sale, providing increased wheelchair capacity and giving audience members more space to make them feel more comfortable. Attendees are also welcome to walk in and out of the auditorium and make noise throughout a production. Certain aspects of staging are also specially adapted for the audience which include minor adjustments to the script, reduced noise levels and the use of raised house lights.

Following the success of the ’12 Days of Christmas Challenge’, which helped raise over £15,000 in support of Relaxed Performances at Birmingham Hippodrome throughout December, Hippodrome CREATIVE is delighted to be expanding its Relaxed Performance programme in 2017 which – for the first time – will include a specially-adapted performance of the acclaimed National Theatre production; The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time on Mon 3 Jul at 7.30pm.

Comedian and Performer Matt Slack, who plays Idle Jack in Dick Whittington said: ‘The ‘Relaxed Performance’ is, without doubt, my favourite show of the year. It’s an event that’s very close to my heart as I have an autistic nephew and know just how tough it can be for families visiting the theatre, who may feel embarrassed or uncomfortable within that setting. With a Relaxed Performance, everyone is made to feel welcome – it’s a very special atmosphere and, as a performer, there’s nothing like seeing the smiling faces of families and groups sharing in that magic!’

The relaxed performance of Dick Whittington shows at Birmingham Hippodrome on Thursday 26 January at 12pm.