TDF Autism Friendly Performances

Audience-thrilling. Autism-friendly.

TDF Autism Friendly Performances present Broadway musicals and plays in a friendly, supportive environment for children and adults who are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or other sensitivity issues and their families and friends. Since 2011, TDF has presented more than 18 autism-friendly shows on Broadway, starting with Disney's landmark musical The Lion King.

Some of the many autism-friendly performances on Broadway since then include Mary Poppins, Spider-Man, Wicked, Matilda, Phantom of the Opera, Aladdin and more. TDF's autism-friendly performance of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time was the first autism-friendly performance of a non-musical in Broadway history.

Beyond Broadway, TDF works with theatres across the country as part of its National Autism Friendly Performances to help create environments that are accessible to all.

The 2022-2023 Season


The Lion King 

Sunday, October 2, 2022 at 1 p.m. 

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®  - SOLD OUT

Sunday, November 27, 2022 at 1 p.m. 


Sunday, February 12, 2023 at 1 p.m. 

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 

Sunday, April 30, 2023 at 1 p.m. 


Sunday, June 11, 2023 at 1 p.m.

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What makes a performance autism friendly?

Slight adjustments to the production are made, including reduction of any jarring sounds or strobe and spot lights that shine into the audience. House lights are faintly dimmed but remain on. TDF works closely with professionals in the field and with consultants on the autism spectrum to make each show accessible and enjoyable for everyone.

TDF creates resources for each production that help prepare audience members for a day at the theatre. A team of volunteers and autism specialists are available throughout the theatre. Break areas are available to anyone who may need to leave their seats during 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.

New York City Ballet would like to thank the following funders who generously supported the first Autism Friendly Performance of The Nutcracker:

Mother Cabrini Health Foundation and the Angel Shine Foundation/Allyson Tang in Honor of Thomas Widmann.

Support for New York City Ballet's Access Programs is also provided by: the Joseph and Sylvia Slifka Foundation, Pratt Industries, The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, Inc., and Macy's.

If you too would like to support the work of the Autism Friendly Performances, please make a donation.

We can make no assurances that these performances will be suitable for everyone with autism. Parents and guardians are solely responsible for their child’s viewing and engagement with these performances.