Relaxed performance of Romeo and Juliet for young audiences

NationalTheatreTuesday 30 July at 2.30pm, The Shed, National Theatre

A ‘Relaxed Performance’ of Shakespeare’s ROMEO AND JULIET, in a version for young audiences aged 8 years and above, will take place on Tuesday 30 July at 2.30pm in The Shed, the National Theatre’s new temporary venue.

Specifically designed to welcome people with an Autistic Spectrum Condition, learning disability or sensory and communication disorders into the theatre, Relaxed Performances give those who otherwise might feel excluded the chance to experience live performance. 

This will be the fourth Relaxed Performance of a National Theatre production, following one for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at the Apollo Theatre on 22 June and, previously, for Curious Incident in the Cottesloe and Hansel and Gretel.

Lighting and special effects are adapted for the performances, such as reducing very loud noises; and additional audience movement and interaction are expected. Parts of The Shed foyer will be available as a quiet space to relax for those who need to leave and re-enter the auditorium during the show.  After the performance, the audience will have the opportunity to stay to meet the actors who will be in costume but out of character.

A modern city. A deadly feud. And a pair of star-crossed lovers. Set against a vibrant urban backdrop, bursting full of excitement, colour, dancing and live song, a company of eight recreate the most famous love story of all time. A swift, contemporary celebration of Shakespeare’s much loved drama which brings Romeo and Juliet to life for a new generation.

Adapted by Ben Power and directed by Bijan Sheibani, the ROMEO AND JULIET cast is Esh Alladi, Natalie Dew, Tendayi Jembere, Bunmi Mojekwu, Ashley Chin, Archana Ramaswamy, Lashana Lynch and Umar Pasha. It is designed by Becs Andrews, with choreography by Aline David, music by Soumik Datta, sound by Mike Winship and lighting by Paul Knott.

Ben Power is a writer and dramaturg and an Associate Director of the National Theatre, who is also in charge of programming The Shed. His work for the NT includes co-creating The Hush with Matthew Herbert, and an adaptation of Ibsen’s Emperor & Galilean. 

Bijan Sheibani is an Associate Director of the National Theatre, where he has previously directed Damned by Despair,The Kitchen, Greenland and Our Class. His production of the classic children’s adventure story Emil and the Detectives will open in the Olivier Theatre in November.

Romeo and Juliet is supported by: The Ingram Trust, The Archie Sherman Charitable Trust, Behrens Foundation, Ernest Cook Trust, Mohamed S. Farsi Foundation, Goldsmiths’ Company Charity, Worshipful Company of Grocers, Jill and David Leuw, Newcomen Collett Foundation, St Olave’s and St Saviour’s Schools Foundation, Royal Victoria Hall Foundation, The Topinambour Trust.

The Shed Partner is Neptune Investment Management.


More information

Address:  The Shed, National Theatre, South Bank, London SE1 9PX

Tickets: £8

Tickets for the relaxed performance are bookable by telephone only on 020 7452 3961, open 9.30am – 8pm.

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