Fully accessible performance of Annie at New Theatre, Oxford

Jodie Prenger and some of the children who perform in Annie
Jodie Prenger and some of the children who perform in Annie

The touching story of brave young Annie is a lovely musical choice for Christmas, and this year it is accessible to all.

A special relaxed performance of the ever popular stage show will be presented at New Theatre, Oxford, between Christmas and New Year, aimed at adults and children on the autistic spectrum, and others who feel pressured in a theatre atmosphere.

Dean Stewart, general manager of the theatre, said: “This is our first relaxed performance and Annie is the perfect show to do it with. It is hugely important for us to be able to do something like this as we do not want to see anyone excluded.”

The relaxed performance at 2pm on Wednesday, December 30, will see the lights in the auditorium not being fully dimmed, doors remaining open to allow people to come and go with ease and parts of the show adapted to suit their needs.

Jodie Prenger will play the tyrannical Miss Hannigan during the run from Tuesday, December 15, through to Sunday, January 3.

Set in 1930s New York during The Great Depression, brave young Annie is forced to live a life of misery and torment at Miss Hannigan’s orphanage. Determined to find her real parents, her luck changes when she is chosen to spend Christmas at the residence of famous billionaire Oliver Warbucks. But spiteful Miss Hannigan has other ideas and hatches a plan to spoil Annie’s search.

Miss Prenger said: “I can’t wait to play a baddie. It’s one of those gutsy, funny roles. This is a character that people bite at the bit to play.”

Full details of all performance dates and times, including matinees at www.atgtickets.com/oxford. For bookings of 10 or more, and for Equal Access bookings, call 0844 871 3030. Otherwise book online or call the box office on 0844 871 3020.