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Age: 4+

Running time: 1hr

Touch tour available at 1.30pm (please click ‘Book now’ for the 2.30pm performance, and you will be offered the option to book on to the touch tour as well)

The Dark is accessible for blind and visually impaired children through integrated audio-description and a touch tour.

The performance will also be BSL interpreted.

From the book by Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Jon Klassen

Laszlo is afraid of the dark. The dark lives in the basement. It doesn’t visit Laszlo in his room. Until one night it does… Join Lazlo on his journey to meet the dark, and find out why it will never bother him again.

Listen to the audio flyer.

Two characters, Laszlo and The Dark, on stage. The Dark is singing into a microphone. Laszlo playing with a red toy car Laszlo balancing horizontally on top of a cabinet with a lightbulb glowing inside Character playing The Dark stands behind a keyboard, wearing headphones and holding an electric guitar


A touch tour is available at 1.30pm to allow blind and partially sighted members of the audience to familiarise themselves with the design of the space, costumes and props ahead of the show itself. If your child is blind or partially sighted, we recommend that you attend the touch tour before the showing of The Dark at 2.30pm.


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  • Theatre: Access Information

    Seating Accessibility Information


    Seat size

    In our theatre the seats are 38cm (15″) wide and 44.5cm (17½”) deep. The seats are 44cm (171/3”) from the floor, and have an 8cm (3”) gap between seats.


    Seats have armrests on either side of the seat which cannot be removed completely. Seats on rows A, C and D have armrests which can be folded away and slot between the seat backs. On all other rows armrests are fixed and cannot be folded or removed.


    There is 30cm (112/3“) of legroom in front of each seat, with additional legroom in rows D and L, and in Box 1 and Box 2.

    Further information

    If you have any questions about accessibility our Box Office team are always happy to help and can be contacted on 01642 525199 or by emailing [email protected] - you can also tell us about your access requirements when prompted to do so during the online booking process.

  • How dark is The Dark?

    The main character of the show, Laszlo, is a little boy who is afraid of the dark too and he openly admits this at the very beginning of the show.

    There are a few transitional moments that are in ‘pitch black’ and two scenes in the story that are in relative darkness (dimly lit), where Laszlo finally meets the ‘Dark’. The whole point wasn’t to make a scary show, but rather to tell the story of conquering one’s fears and reconciling oneself with the idea of the dark, a problem that many children are facing.

    The show is meticulously structured to address that fear.

    It starts with the performers introducing themselves as well as the characters they will be playing and together with the audience they demonstrate the different lighting and sound effects that are part of the show.

    Here are a couple of suggestions you may find helpful:

    -If you haven’t already, you could read the title book and familiarise with the storybeforehand.

    -You can join the pre show touch-tour, which will give your child the opportunity to meet the performers, take a tour of the set and props, and play with the show sounds.