Accessible Theatre Performances in Yorkshire – Festive Guide 2019

theatre programmes and tickets laid on floor, with green sunflower lanyard draped over the top

To me, there seems no more fitting time of the year to enjoy theatre than during the festive season. Whether you’re a regular theatregoer or not, there’s just something that feels so special about bringing your loved ones together, getting dressed up and perhaps going for a bite to eat, and then heading off to see a show.

And what’s crucial here is that theatre should be an experience that everybody gets to enjoy, including those with additional needs. We still have such a long way to go in helping regional theatres to become as inclusive as possible, but it’s incredibly heartwarming to see the progress that’s being made over time.

With that in mind, this year I’ve decided to compile a quick festive Access Guide of sorts, detailing inclusive performances for various productions in the leading theatres across Yorkshire, over the Christmas period. If you’re in the area and looking for some entertainment over the holidays, I hope the following information is helpful!

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Mamma Mia UK Tour (Relaxed Performance) – Sheffield Lyceum Theatre

on stage image of three girls sat on a doorstep looking at an open diary

Expectations: 3.5/5
Reality: 3.5/5
Chronic Illness Friendly: 5/5 (Relaxed Performance) – keep scrolling for my chronic illness friendly review!

Like most people of my generation, I grew up listening to Abba’s music: so many of their iconic songs have been ingrained into my childhood and feature prominently across my earliest memories. In fact, one of my first recollections of learning to dance was listening to Abba during modern class in a humble little church hall, wearing a bright orange sequinned leotard and learning to do stag leaps and high kicks to Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!; another involves six year old Pippa kneeling on a stage belting out ‘Thank You For The Music’ whilst, for reasons unbeknownst to me, dressed as an alien. Don’t hate me cos you ain’t me.

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