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CharlieMAINRELAX! A special performance of the award-winning Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will ensure audience members with autism have nothing to fear.

The West End production of Roald Dahl’s classic story will mount the special relaxed show early in the new year.

It is designed to provide an opportunity for people with autism, learning difficulties or other sensory and communication needs, who require a more laid-back environment, to enjoy the show.

A chillded and supportive atmosphere, adjustments to the sound and lighting, trained staff and volunteers and a guide for carers are among the preparations being made.

There will also be advice available online, via www.mousetrap.org.uk to help families prepare for their trip. These include a Visual Story video – following “John” on the journey from his house to the theatre.

The performance, at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, is at 6pm on Tuesday, 19 January. Tickets for the Relaxed Performance will range from £2.50 to £20.