The show which will be staged in collaboration with the National Autistic Society on August 30th at 1.30pm will see a reduction in strobe lighting and jarring sounds with the cast and staff in the theatre also being specially trained to tend to any special needs of customers with autism spectrum disorders. There will also be designated quiet areas set up in the theatre available, staffed by experts for any individuals wanting to leave the auditorium at any time.
As well as doing their utmost to make customers feel at ease during the performance of the show, the musical have also created an autism-friendly website which has an easy booking system and includes a downloadable 'social story' to help autistic clients in preparation for their visit and provides a user friendly guide aimed to reduce anxiety by guiding customers through the entire process from their arrival at the theatre through to the final curtain of the show
The Lion King is not alone in trying to raise awareness for people suffering from autism, learning disabilities, autism spectrum conditions, and other sensory or communication disorders as two other West End productions, The Railway Children and Matilda The Musical will also stage relaxed and specially designed performances in 2015
For more information on the special autism friendly performance of The Lion King in London on August 30th 2015 please visit www.lionkingautismfriendly.co.uk