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A TDF Autism Friendly Performance

Enjoy the magic at this special Broadway performance on April 30

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child TDF Autism Friendly Performance

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Autism Friendly Performance

Lyric Theatre
214 West 43rd Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues
New York City

Sunday, April 30 at 1 p.m.

Ticket prices:
Orchestra: $69
Center Dress Circle: $69
Side Dress Circle: $66
Balcony: $48
Rear Balcony: $30
Wheelchair-accessible seats: $42

Limit eight (8) tickets per order. 

This is a special performance for individuals on the autism spectrum, as well as people with other developmental or cognitive disabilities who may benefit, not for the general public.

Please note: you do not need to be a TDF member to purchase tickets.

Age recommendation: The show is recommended for ages 8 and up. All persons entering the theatre must have a ticket regardless of age. Children under 5 are not permitted in the theatre.

Running time: 3 hours and 30 minutes including a 15-minute intermission

About the show: Nineteen years after Harry, Ron and Hermione saved the wizarding world, Harry's headstrong child Albus befriends the son of his  father's fiercest rival, Draco Malfoy, which sparks an unbelievable new journey for them all—with the power to change the past and the future forever. Prepare for a mind-blowing race through time, spectacular spells and an epic battle, all brought to life through astonishing theatrical magic in this Tony Award-winning show. 

Warnings:

  • At one point, a character walks through the aisle of the center orchestra, which may be a scary moment. Please choose seats accordingly.
  • Fire, fog effects, general magical illusions and pyrotechnics are used in the performance.
  • Characters in the play are able to fly and move through the air. The effects and methods used vary.
  • Characters time travel. Throughout the show, different uses of video and light create a sense of time moving faster or slower. None of these effects use strobe lighting.
  • Characters are often in peril. On many occasions, characters fight, battle and duel. There are also characters who are ambiguous in their intentions. This is a story of good versus evil, so there are times when there is a definite sense of danger. Remember, though, it's all stagecraft.
  • Characters engage in arguments in the play, both between family members and friends.
  • Actors will not touch the audience ever.

Accessibility:

  • Orchestra rows AA-K are the ONLY orchestra seats accessible without using stairs.
  • Dress circle rows M and L are the ONLY dress circle seats accessible without using stairs.

COVID-19 safety information: Masks are optional but strongly encouraged. Seating will be at full capacity.

What they're saying:

Winner of six Tony Awards including Best Play

"A remarkable addition to the Potter canon" -New York Magazine

"Conjures the impossible! Magical doesn't even begin to describe it." -Entertainment Weekly

What makes the performance autism-friendly?
To create an autism-friendly performance, the show is being performed in a welcoming, supportive environment for individuals on the autism spectrum, with sensory and communication disorders, or learning disabilities. Slight adjustments to lighting and sound will be made. In the downstairs theatre lobby, there will be a break area staffed by specialists in the field, if anyone needs to leave the theatre during the show. A downloadable Event Narrative with pictures of the theatre and the production will be available on this page, designed to personalize the experience for individuals wishing to prepare for the show. Additional resources for this performance such as a Character Guide and Guide to Attending the Show will also be available.

View our Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Logistics Guide

Browse our Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Visual Checklist

Read our Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Event Narrative

See our Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Character Guide

We can make no assurances that this performance will be suitable for everyone with autism. Parents and guardians are solely responsible for their children's viewing and engagement with the performance.

TDF wishes to acknowledge the following donors for their generous support of TDF Autism Friendly Performances:

Darlene & Stuart Altschuler, Theodore H. Barth Foundation, The FAR Fund, The Joseph H. Flom Foundation, Harry S. Black & Allon Fuller Fund, The Seventh District Foundation, The Taft Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council's Committee on Mental Health, Disability and Addictions. This program is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.