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Take flight on our SEN Theatre Journeys!

Our Winter season of Theatre Journeys for special schools is up, up and away! We’ve got two dazzling shows on offer this term, The Snowman and Come From Away - both costing just £8 per ticket!

NB: The booking deadline is Thursday 30th October.


Our Mission

We are a charity dedicated to enriching the lives of children and young people through theatre, especially those who are disadvantaged or have additional needs.

Through projects designed for individuals, families, schools and youth groups, we open the doors to London’s world-class theatre and deliver transformative education projects that engage and inspire.



Aged 16-30 and interested in an offstage career in theatre? Join us at the Royal Opera House for TheatreCraft 2019!


Our work

We run a wide range of theatregoing schemes and education projects for young people, families, mainstream and special state schools, alternative education providers and youth groups. We open the doors to London’s world-class theatre for those who might not otherwise have the access or opportunity and we support some of the most challenged sections of our London community.


Family First Nights

Now in its 21st year, Family First Nights is one of our largest and longest-running programmes. Since its launch, FFN has enabled over 10,000 disadvantaged London families to visit the theatre, many for the first time, and pay just £6 per ticket.

The Mousetrap Awards

The Mousetrap Awards are the UK’s only theatre awards voted for entirely by young people. From selecting the nominees to hosting the ceremony, our talented Youth Forum runs and organises every aspect of the event.

Relaxed Performances

Our Relaxed Performances of top West End shows provide an opportunity for young people with autism, learning difficulties or other sensory and communication needs to enjoy theatre in a more relaxed environment with their family.  

Theatre Openers

Each year we take students from around 150 London state secondary schools to see modern plays, classics, musicals and dance. Students get further insight into the production through practical pre-show sessions and Q&As with the cast or creative teams.

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Each year, Mousetrap Theatre Projects helps


Disadvantaged London families visit the theatre together for the very first time

Through our summer theatregoing programme, Family First Nights



Young people with special needs develop their confidence and skills

Through theatre experiences and bespoke Creative Learning projects



Children and young people see a top London show at subsidised rates

Through our schools and youth group programmes and theatre clubs for young people


Our story

Watch this short video for a quick insight into our work.


Support us

As a charity, we need to raise money to fund our many projects. Here are just a few ways you can support us!

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Partner with us or sponsor a programme

We’re currently seeking corporate sponsors for two of our biggest programmes for young people.

Become a Mousetrap Theatre Guardian!

If you’re able to donate £100 (or more) per year you will make a huge difference to more young lives.

Book tickets through our Encore ticket site

Next time you’re booking tickets (for any show), do it through our microsite and we’ll receive 10% of the ticket revenue!


Make a donation


Make a donation and find out how and who it could help.