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The Gruffalo offers relaxed performance

First Published 28 April 2015, Last Updated 1 August 2018

Tall Stories will present its first ever West End relaxed performance this summer when every child’s favourite wood-dwelling monster The Gruffalo returns to London’s Lyric Theatre.

Coordinated by theatre education charity Mousetrap Theatre Projects, The Gruffalo’s relaxed performance will take place on 4 August at 14:00.

It will see the tale about a creature with turned out toes and a poisonous wart at the end of his nose adapted to reduce anxiety and create a supportive atmosphere for children with autism spectrum conditions, learning disabilities and other sensory and communication disorders.

Based on Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s award-winning picture book, The Gruffalo combines music, comedy and physical theatre to tell the story of Mouse as she embarks on a daring adventure through the deep dark wood in the search of hazelnuts, outwitting the creatures she encounters with the story of the fabled title character.

Talking about the relaxed performance, Tall Stories said: “We are especially excited that this will be the first ever relaxed performance for this age group in the West End. It’s great to see more and more companies starting to work in this way and we are proud to be at the forefront of this. All of Tall Stories’ shows will include a relaxed or access performances this Christmas.”

For more information and to book tickets, email katherine@mousetrap.org.uk or call 020 7632 4121. You can also find a comprehesive list of other London shows offering relaxed performances in the coming months by downloading our latest Access London Theatre brochure, which also includes captioned, audio-described and BSL interpreted performances taking place between May and August 2015.


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