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Introducing chilled performances

Introducing chilled performances

Our first chilled performance takes place next month (February).

This will provide a more casual theatre-going experience for audiences who are watching the show with rules on noise being more relaxed. They do not include any changes to the show and are ideal for those who like a more informal atmosphere when they visit the theatre. School audiences and babes-in-arms are also welcome.

Deborah Shaw, our Chief Executive, said: “By introducing chilled performances we’re offering a friendly, informal visit to the theatre with no pressure to understand unwritten rules of how to behave. It doesn’t matter what you wear and there’s no right or wrong way to experience the performance. It’s friendly, open and everyone is welcome.”

The first chilled performance is at 1.30pm on Saturday 1 February for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of As You Like It.

The RSC’s Deputy Artistic Director Erica Whyman said: “Some people love to make an occasion of a theatre trip – but others are put off by the feeling that they have to obey rules. We want to make sure we are opening our doors as wide as possible.

“Chilled performances mean, for example, that someone with dementia is free to ask a companion what is going on in the show if they get lost, or a parent with a babe-in-arms can come along without worrying, knowing they can leave the auditorium and come back as they need. Chilled performances are a great reminder of how theatre can bring people together.”

The chilled performance of As You Like It will be followed by Malory Towers on Saturday 18 July at 2.30pm. The new musical from Emma Rice’s Wise Children is based on Enid Blyton’s novels.

As well as chilled performances, we also offer audio-described, captioned, sign-interpreted and relaxed performances.

Tickets to the chilled performances are now on sale.