The National Theatre’s hit production of World War One drama War Horse will stage a relaxed performance at the New London Theatre on 20 September.
The acclaimed adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s beloved novel will be specially adapted for individuals who can benefit from a more relaxed theatre environment, including those with autism, sensory or communication disorders, or learning disabilities.
During the performance, which is staged in association with the National Autistic Society (NAS), lighting and sound levels will be reduced, NAS volunteers and theatre staff will be on hand to assist and audience members will have access to designated ‘chill-out’ areas in the foyer should they need to leave the auditorium.
Talking about the special performance, War Horse producer Chris Harper said: “We are absolutely delighted to be working with the National Autistic Society for this special performance of War Horse. The audience reaction to the show has been overwhelming since War Horse opened some seven years ago and we are excited about opening it up to a new audience with the help of the NAS.”
War Horse is the latest National Theatre production to stage a relaxed performance, following in the footsteps of shows including Olivier Award winner The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time, this summer’s returning hit The Elephantom and 2012’s festive production of Hansel And Gretel.
Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris’ production follows young Albert whose horse Joey is sold to the cavalry and shipped out to France at the outbreak of World War One. Unable to forget his beloved equine friend, Albert enlists and sets off on a treacherous journey to bring him home.
Since it premiered at the National Theatre’s South Bank home in October 2007, the show has been seen by more than two million people in London and a staggering five million individuals worldwide.
Tickets for the relaxed performance can be purchased by calling 020 7452 3961 or visiting the National Theatre’s website.