The people behind the high-acclaimed panto at His Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen are celebrating another show success - but quietly.
For they have notched up a ticket sales record for their relaxed performance on Monday, December 21 – the dedicated performance designed to create a friendly and supportive atmosphere for people with complex needs and their families.
Audience figures are almost double last year’s numbers at more than 800, making it one of the best attended relaxed pantos in the country.
HMT was one of the first theatres in the country to introduce a relaxed panto performance back in 2013, following a request by local MSP Mark McDonald.
Aberdeen Performing Arts (APA) and Qdos Entertainment then worked together to produce a performance suitable for people on the autistic spectrum, or with learning disability or sensory and communication disorders.
APA chief executive Jane Spiers said: “We are delighted by the success of our relaxed performance because it means more and more people each year are taking advantage of this chance to enjoy the panto in a less formal, and more supportive atmosphere.
“It’s fantastic that by making small but important adjustments we can break down barriers, open up the experience of live theatre and make it as welcoming as possible.
“We also offer audio-described, captioned and signed performances as part of our wider commitment to broadening access to our work and our venues.”
Tickets for the relaxed performance of Peter Pan cost £10.50 and are available by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.
The swashbuckling classic adventure about the boy who never grew up, which opened to rave reviews, stars Aberdeen’s doyen of panto Queen Elaine C Smith asthe Magical Mermaid, as well as the city’s favourite comedy duo Alan McHugh as Dame Maggie Celeste and Jordan Young as Smee, Scott Fletcher as Peter Pan, John Jack as Captain Hook, Lisa Lynch as Tinkerbell, Maggie Lynne as Wendy and Gillian Parkhouse at Tiger Lily.
The panto runs at His Majesty’s Theatre until Sunday, January 3 and tickets are available online at www.aberdeenperformingarts.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.