Relaxed Programme

Relaxed performances are for those who might normally find it challenging to access theatre.

5 Dec–30 Jan 2025

Our Relaxed Performances are intended for anyone who needs a more informal setting to enjoy our shows, primarily people with disabilities, health conditions and other access needs.

‘It was great to hear people just being themselves, without worrying about consequences’

‘The relaxed performance allowed my children to enjoy something new, be themselves, educate them and treat them to something not so expensive, affordable, educational, enjoyable and inclusive.’

In our 2024/25 London Coliseum season, there are two Relaxed Performances

Book your tickets by calling our box office team on 020 7845 9300. Large groups and schools should book tickets by email [email protected], we aim to respond within 3 working days. Please provide all access requirements for your party so we can make your visit as smooth as possible.

Who are they for?

Relaxed performances are open to everybody.

You may choose to attend a relaxed performance because you prefer the inclusive environment, or because of an access requirement, which might include anyone with dementia, learning disabilities, an autistic spectrum condition, Tourette’s syndrome, sensory disorders, anxiety, bladder and bowel conditions.


This year, our relaxed performances are for children over the age of 6 years old.

Our 24/25 London Coliseum Season will include Babyopera which is perfect for families, an opera experience created specifically for babies and children up to 6 years old, with stories told through music and sounds. It is presented with playfulness, humour and tranquillity. We look forward to welcoming under 6 audiences, current and new, to this show in November. More information on the performance schedule and on sale dates will be announced soon.

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What to expect at an ENO Relaxed Performance:

What’s different:

  • Open-door policy: you can leave your seat and the auditorium as much as you like throughout the performance as we keep the house lights up.
  • Making noise during the performance is permitted, and encouraged.
  • Auditorium doors open much earlier.
  • Dedicated ‘chill-out space’ and quiet area in front of house, plus an alternative space to watch the performance on a screen in the foyer.
  • Additional friendly members of staff to help and support your visit.
  • Visual Story and Sonic Story resources, available online and printed copies on-the-day.
  • You will meet the orchestra before the show starts and hear the sections play.

Example of a Visual Story

Example of a Sonic Story

All performances at the ENO are performed in English and are captioned.

‘The information was very useful for providing preparation for what was going to happen in the show’

Our ENO Engage team will also provide sensory and learning pre-show activities, such as seeing and touching props and trying on costumes from past opera productions. There will also be photo opportunities – you may even see some special appearances from performers in the show.

‘Fantastic pre-performance activities, and a very friendly environment.’

How to book

As part of ENO’s Under 21 scheme, all young people aged from 6 to 20 can attend our Relaxed Performances for free* and adult tickets start from £25. Please book your opera tickets by calling our Box Office team on 020 7845 9300.

For groups and schools, please email our Box Office team on [email protected], we aim to respond within 3 working days. Please provide all your access requirements of your party when making your booking so we can make your visit as smooth and easy as possible.

About The Elixir of Love

Laughter is the perfect tonic in Donizetti’s romantic comedy set on a country estate in World War 2. This story of gossipy village life and forbidden love among the Land Girls and locals warms the heart from the first note. The beautiful bel canto singing style of the production perfectly spotlights the story’s tender moments.

About The Pirates of Penzance

With its splendidly silly storyline, wild wordplay and well-loved songs, the Mike Leigh-created production is irresistibly feel-good. An apprentice pirate woos the captain’s daughter, while his bungling buccaneer-shipmates try to outwit an equally inept party of policemen. Its vibrant, graphic staging brings out the sunshine in the story.

*Please note that for each show there is an allocation of free tickets for those aged 6 to 20. When these run out, tickets will need to be purchased for this age group.

Tickets available from £25

Sung in English, with surtitles projected above the stage

For more information, please contact our box office on 0207 845 9300 or [email protected]