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Preview: Relaxed Performance of Cinderella at Newcastle Theatre Royal


Relaxed Performance of Cinderella
Newcastle Theatre Royal
Tuesday 10th January 2017

Gateshead-based Meldrum Construction has strengthened its support for Newcastle Theatre Royal by sponsoring the Relaxed Performance of this year’s festive pantomime spectacular Cinderella on Tuesday 10 January.

The Relaxed Performance is specifically designed to welcome people with an Autistic Spectrum Condition, learning disability or sensory and communication disorder into the theatre and provides an opportunity for people who would otherwise possibly find it difficult to go to see a show.

The show will have a less formal, reassuring atmosphere in order to reduce anxiety levels. Lighting and special effects will be slightly altered – including removing strobes and flashing lights and reducing very loud noises, however the content of the show will not be specifically changed so all the magic of pantomime is maintained. 

A relaxed performance offers a comfortable environment with staff trained to help support members of the audience who make involuntary noise, or are likely to need to talk a lot, or move around and during a relaxed performance it is expected that the auditorium will be noisy.

Managing Director Dave Meldrum said: "We are very proud to be able to continue our association with the Theatre Royal and delighted to be supporting this wonderful initiative.  The thought and care which goes into planning and adapting this amazing show to ensure that the audience feels safe and completely comfortable without losing any of that extra special panto sparkle and magic is second to none.”

Chief Executive, Philip Bernays, said: “We are very proud that we are once again flying the flag for Relaxed Performances which year on year prove to be hugely popular for our panto. We are one of only a handful of theatres in the UK to offer these specially tailored performances and we are delighted that by doing so, we bring the best panto in the UK to hundreds of children, families and adults who might otherwise never experience its magic. We are dedicated to making our theatre as accessible as possible and have already started taking bookings for next year’s Relaxed Performance of Peter Pantoo!”

CinderellaRelaxed Performance plays at Newcastle Theatre Royal on Tuesday 10 January at 12 noon; all tickets have been sold for this performance however there are tickets available for the relaxed performance of the 2017/18 pantomime PeterPan.  Tickets can be purchased from the Theatre Royal Group Bookings team on 08448 11 21 22 (all calls are charged at 7p a minute plus your phone company’s access charge) or online at

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