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'Relaxed' Shrek stages unique show in Newcastle

Shrek and Princess Fiona Credit: Helen Maybanks

A uniquely adapted version of the West End family favourite, Shrek The Musical, will be playing for one special performance at Newcastle Theatre Royal.

The ‘relaxed performance’ of Shrek The Musical will take place on Tuesday 24 March at 2pm and is the first such performance since the Theatre was presented with its Autism Access Award from the National Autistic Society. Newcastle Theatre Royal is the first venue on Shrek The Musical UK and Ireland tour at which a relaxed performance is being held.

Shrek and Donkey Credit: Helen Maybanks

We were extremely proud to be presented with our Autism Access Awareness award last month and since then we’ve had more and more families and teachers getting in touch to find out about our relaxed performances. They are all so excited that we are providing a relaxed performance of Shrek The Musical, which will have all the same elements of the wonderful storyline but with the lighting, special effects and very loud noises reduced.”

– Dawn Taylor, Newcastle Theatre Royal

Relaxed performances are specifically designed to welcome people with an Autistic Spectrum Condition, learning disability or sensory and communication disorder into the Theatre.

They have a less formal, more supportive atmosphere in order to reduce anxiety levels and chill out zones are provided for any audience members feeling anxious.

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Thunderbirds Are Go! ITV's sneak peek...

ITV has released an exclusive look at classic characters from the much anticipated new children’s and family series, Thunderbirds Are Go.

The pictures feature engineer Brains; smooth operator, Lady Penelope and her trusty bodyguard and driver, Parker.

Lady Penelope Parker

Lady Penelope is voiced by Oscar-nominated, Rosamund Pike and David Graham reprises his original role as Parker. Kayvan Novak voices inventor, Brains.

Sylvia Anderson - who voiced Lady Penelope in the original 1960’s series - will voice a new character in an episode due to air later this year. Written by comedian, David Baddiel, the episode titled Designated Driver sees Sylvia voice the character of Lady Penelope’s Great Aunt Sylvia.

The major new children’s series is set to debut internationally in Spring 2015 in the UK exclusively on ITV and CITV.

Brains; smooth operator

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Dec reveals he proposed at sunset on Oz beach

Dec proposed to girlfriend Ali Astall in November. Credit: PA

Dec proposed to his girlfriend Ali Astall on an Australian beach at sunset, on a holiday before the latest series of I'm A Celebrity...

He waited until the last night of their trip to the Hayman Islands, on the Great Barrier Reef in November.

Of course, his best friend and the other half of the famous Geordie Duo, Ant McPartlin, knew what he was planning, and says he can't wait to be best man.

He will reveal details of the night he popped the question on The Jonathan Ross Show tonight.

I wasn’t quite sure how I was going to do it so I took the ring with me and I was looking for the opportunity to do it and it was beautiful out there, we were on the Great Barrier Reef and we had a wonderful hotel and it was stunning everywhere but I just didn’t quite know how I was going to do it.

It got to the last evening and we’d organised dinner on the beach and we went round to one side of the island, the only place on the island where you can see the sun set, and we just went round and we watched the sunset go down and we did it there, it was lovely.

– Dec Donnelly
Dec has chosen best friend Ant to be his Best Man. Credit: PA

Ant says he is looking forward to his Best Man duties.

He was Best Man for me, I’ve been married eight years now.

His speech was very good, very funny so I’ve got a lot to get him back with!

– Ant McPartlin

The Jonathan Ross Show is on ITV tonight at 9:20pm

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