We are beyond pleased to announce that the Lyceum Theatre, part of Ambassadors Theatre Group, have become the latest organisation in the leisure and hospitality space to offer picturepath visitor guides. They are now using our visual timeline app to support people with additional needs, such as autism, to experience Disney’s The Lion King. Demonstrating their commitment to improving accessibility and inclusivity in theatre, The Lion King is the first West End theatre production to offer this service to audience members.

For audiences who find new experiences and visiting new venues stressful, picturepath provides an exact step-by-step digital guide to visiting the iconic Lyceum Theatre. This allows them to know exactly what to expect, in order to prepare ahead of time and reduce anxieties.

Founder of picturepath, Richard Nurse said: “I’m delighted to work with the Lyceum theatre, home to The Lion King, to provide a mobile visitor guide that allows people with autism or other sensory needs to prepare for and enjoy their experiences at the theatre with reduced anxiety. 

We started with guides for schools and football stadia, so to expand to museums, and now theatres means we can support even more people to experience inclusive live events and new environments.”

Tamsin Newberry, General Manager, Ambassadors Theatre Group said “We are constantly striving to ensure as many people as possible can come and experience the joy, and spectacle of The Lion King. Picturepath allows us to take this a step further, to not only look after our audiences in the space but also before they arrive. 

It’s a pleasure to be able to offer that additional support, and we’re delighted to partner with the picturepath team.”

The Lion King also conducts relaxed performances on the West End and on tour. These performances have been specially adapted to be accessible to a wide range of audiences such as those with autism, those with a learning disability or anyone with a sensory predisposition. There is extra trained staff on hand and dedicated quiet areas inside the theatres should anyone need to leave their seat. For more information on dates, and to view the visual story and sensory synopsis please visit the website.