Autism-friendly performances can be a fantastic way for people on the autism spectrum to enjoy a live theatre show.

These shows will have had adjustments made in the form of reduction to sound levels, some changes to lighting and loud sound effects. There will be a relaxed attitude to movement in and out of the auditorium, visual communication aids to support understanding and there will be some designated quiet areas available.

NE-AS has worked with a number of theatres in the region to deliver training to staff and cast members, so they have more understanding of autism.

Kerrie Highcock, Family Development Manager at North East Autism Society said;

A visit to see live music or performance can be just a standard experience for many people, but for someone with autism it can be very difficult, confusing and overwhelming. By making a few adjustments at the venue means that people with autism can experience the show too, many for the first time.

Autism-friendly/relaxed performances over the Christmas holidays:

The Snowman
The Snowman at Sage Gateshead,
Thursday, 22nd December at 2pm

Audiences can now enjoy the classic 1982 animated film, adapted from Raymond Briggs’ timeless picture book, on the big screen accompanied live by Royal Northern Sinfonia playing Howard Blake’s enchanting score in a supportive and relaxed environment

To discuss specific requirements or arrange a pre-visit to the building, customers can email [email protected]

Tickets: from £15.00 with Family Tickets available.

Book online:

At, or visit Sage Gateshead’s Ticket Office either in person (open from 12noon) or by calling 0191 443 4661

Sleeping Beauty
Sleeping Beauty at Sunderland Empire Theatre 
Wednesday, 28th December at 5pm

Packed full of hilarious jokes, show-stopping song and dance, larger-than-life characters, colourful costumes, sparkling sets and amazing CGI special effects, Sleeping Beauty is set to be another spectacular pantomime that promises to add a fairy tale touch to your festive season.

Tickets: from just £10.00 or £11.90 for online/phone bookings. Click here to download additional information about the performance. 

Book online:

At or for further information call 0191 566 1054 (Mon-Fri) or email [email protected]

James and the Giant Peach

Roald Dahl's 
James and The Giant Peach at Northern Stage, Newcastle 
Thursday, 29th December at 2pm

Poor James Henry Trotter is a sad and lonely little boy who lives with his rotsome, horrible aunts. James isn't allowed any friends to play with or even books to read. But one day this all changes, with the help of one thousand magical long slimy crocodile tongues!

James is amazed when the peach tree in his garden grows a peach so jump-squiffingly enormous it's almost as big as a house, which begins a gloriumptious adventure for James and his new insect friends.

Tickets: Adult £18.00 / Child £12.00

Book online:

At or call the box office on 0191 230 5151

Jack and the Beanstalk

Jack and the Beanstalk at Durham Gala Theatre
Wednesday, 4th January 2017 at 6pm

Jack (Jamie Brown) has fallen in love with Princess Jilliana (Sarah Boulter), but she has been kidnapped by the evil wizard Fleshcreep (Neil Armstrong). With the help of the good Fairy Moonflower (Sally Collett), his brother Silly Simon (Paul Hartley) and his Mother Dame Trott (Paul Dunn), Jack must climb a giant beanstalk, storm a castle in the clouds and defeat an angry giant if he is to win the heart of the Princess and bring back prosperity to his home town.

Tickets: £6.00 - £17.50 (Family ticket £50.00 - £58.00)

Book online:

At or call the box office on 3000 266 600