Cft Wizard 447 X792 Px.

Chichester Festival Youth Theatre

Relaxed Performance: The Wizard of Oz

By L. Frank Baum
With Music and Lyrics of the MGM motion picture score by 
Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg
Background Music by Herbert Stothart
Dance and Vocal Arrangements by Peter Howard
Adapted by John Kane from the motion picture screenplay

DatesPrice: £15


I have a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore.

We're pleased to present a relaxed performance of The Wizard of Oz on Friday 27 December at 2pm.

This performance welcomes individuals, groups and families with children on the autism spectrum, with sensory and communication disorders, a learning disability or anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed theatre environment.

The performance and theatre will be adapted in a variety of ways to create a welcoming, less formal environment:

  • Audience members are able to leave and return to the auditorium during the performance 
  • A chill-out area will be available for the duration of the performance 
  • The auditorium lights will be adjusted for comfort 
  • There will be a relaxed attitude to noise during the performance 
  • The show’s lighting and sound levels will be adjusted 

When Dorothy runs away from her home in Kansas with her faithful dog Toto, she’s caught up in a terrifying cyclone and finds herself in the strange and magical land of Oz.

There she encounters a host of curious and enchanting characters. Accompanied by a Scarecrow, a Tin Man and a Cowardly Lion, can Dorothy escape the Wicked Witch of the West, reach the Emerald City and find the mysterious Wizard of Oz? Don your ruby slippers and join Chichester Festival Youth Theatre as they journey along the yellow brick road in a wonderful adventure for all the family.

This faithful adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s classic novel was originally commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company and features all the beloved songs from the 1939 classic film, including Over The Rainbow, If I Only Had a Brain and We’re Off To See The Wizard.

Lucy Betts, who directed 2018’s Sleeping Beauty, takes the reins again for another stunning festive production from the remarkable CFYT.

To book or for more information please call Box Office on 01243 781312 or email

All tickets £15 (no discounts apply).

By arrangement with MusicScope and Stage Musicals Limited of New York

Download the Festival Theatre Visual Story


Linked Events

Audience comments about our relaxed performances

Audience comments below about the relaxed performance of Me and My Girl (Festival 2018)

A relaxed performance is the only way my daughter can access the wonderful world of theatre. I am indebted to the very kind people at Chichester Theatre who make this possible.

I really value the opportunity of bringing my son to see performances delivered in this way as it is stress free; I wouldn't have been able to attend with him otherwise, so Thank You, here's hoping for more musicals and their relaxed performances.

My son adores musical theatre but sings along loudly so I cannot take him as it interrupts other audience members. Seeing Matt Lukas afterwards in the foyer made his absolute day.

Loved the relaxed atmosphere. Loved the attitude of the staff and cast. It felt that everyone was informed about the needs of people with autism and other difficulties, and that really does make a difference when you are anxious that your child is going to be seen as "being naughty".

As a parent of a young person with learning difficulties who likes to maintain a running commentary to all she does, I didn't have to worry about trying to make her quiet - she was too enthralled with the singing anyway!

Fantastic, we loved it. The relaxed performance is a joy and front of house staff do an amazing job at helping everyone to enjoy the performance

Message from the Cast

Age Guidance 
7+ but please call for advice