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The RSC stage a 'relaxed performance' of Matilda The Musical

20 June 2014 Last updated at 00:15 BST

Taking children with learning disabilities on a theatre trip can be a challenge for families.

The restrictions of sitting quietly in a dark auditorium can be difficult and stressful for everyone involved.

The Royal Shakespeare Company presented their first "relaxed performance" of Matilda: The Musical at The Cambridge Theatre.

Noise levels were reduced and lighting adjusted to soften the impact on the audience.

Before coming to the show families were sent a visual story to help them get to know the plot, characters and setting.

BBC News went to see how the musical was staged - and how it went down with the audience.

Video Journalist: Tom Beal.

Producer: Claudia Redmond.

Extra performance footage: Royal Shakespeare Company

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