Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One & Two

TDF Autism-Friendly Performance

 TDF is proud to present an autism-friendly performance of:


Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two

at the Lyric Theatre, 214 West 43rd Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues

Sunday, March 1, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. (Part One) and 6:30 p.m. (Part Two)

This is a special performance for individuals on the autism spectrum, as well as people with other developmental or cognitive disabilities, not for the general public. Tickets will go on sale at noon (EST) on Wednesday, January 8, 2020. You do not need to be a TDF member to purchase tickets. Ticket sales will be password protected. Click the link to the right to sign up for our mailing list to receive the password prior to the on-sale date.

About the show:

The eighth story in the Harry Potter series, this play is set in modern times as the journey of Harry, Ron and Hermione continues on stage.

It has been 19 years since the trio saved the wizarding world. It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn't much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, as well as a husband and father of three school-age children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

Because of the epic nature of this story, it couldn't fit into the performance time of a traditional single play, so it's told in two parts.

Running time:

Part One is 2 hours and 40 minutes, including one 20-minute intermission, and begins at 1 p.m.

Part Two is 2 hours and 35 minutes, including one 20-minute intermission, and begins at 6:30 p.m. 


  • At the end of Part Two, a character walks through the aisle of the center orchestra, which may be a scary moment. Please choose seats accordingly.
  • Fire and fog effects are used 
  • General magical illusions
    • Characters and objects vanish 
    • Puffs of smoke
    • Steam
    • Whizzes and crackles
  • Pyrotechnics
    • Flashes
    • Fire 
    • Shooting flames
    • Zapping effects
    • Electric effects
  • 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 vs. evil, so there are times when there is a definite sense of danger. Remember, though, it's all stagecraft.
    • Duels, fights and battles
    • Menacing characters
    • Chases and captures
    • Threat of physical harm/staging of physical pain
    • Threatening words and actions
    • Death
    • Nightmares
    • Dementors (shaped like humans and covered in dark hooded cloaks)
  • Family arguments
  • Friends disagreeing and falling out
  • 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.

  • The show is recommended for ages 10 and up. All persons entering the theatre must have a ticket regardless of age. Children under 4 are not permitted in the theatre.


What they're saying:

Winner of six Tony Awards including Best Play


"A remarkable addition to the Potter canon"


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

What makes it 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 for the performance. In the downstairs theatre lobby, there will be a break area staffed by specialists in the field, in case theatregoers need to leave their seats during the show. A downloadable social narrative (in Word format) 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. 

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.

Ticket price: Prices are inclusive of both parts. Seats will be the same for both parts. Purchasing tickets for only one of the parts is NOT an option.

  • Orchestra: $80
  • Center dress circle: $80
  • Side dress circle: $75
  • Balcony: $55
  • Rear balcony: $35
  • Wheelchair locations and companion seats: $50
  • Limit eight tickets per order. 
Please note you do not need to be a TDF member to purchase tickets.

There is an eight ticket limit per order. If you are interested in securing a block of seats as a group sale, please contact us via email at autism@tdf.org  prior to the on-sale date. 

Questions? Email: autism@tdf.org 


Wheelchair access to the Lyric is available from the 42nd Street entrance. Volunteers will be available to guide you. 

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.

AVOID SCAMS! THIS IS THE ONLY OFFICIAL SITE TO OBTAIN TICKETS to this autism-friendly performance on Sunday, March 1, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. Tickets purchased from other sellers are not valid. 

TDF wishes to acknowledge the following donors for their generous support of the Autism Theatre Initiative: 

Darlene and Stuart Altschuler
Helene Berger and Ilene Berger
Clover Bergmann
The Bulova Stetson Fund
Holly Cohen
The FAR Fund
The Joseph H. Flom Foundation
Iona College Players, Speech and Hearing Club, and American Sign Language Class
Melissa Mark-Viverito, Speaker of the New York City Council
National Endowment for the Arts New York City Council New York City Department of Cultural Affairs New York State Council on the Arts 
Stavros Niarchos Foundation 
Adolph and Ruth Schnurmacher Foundation
Seventh District Foundation
The Taft Foundation
The Shubert Foundation
The Joseph H. LeRoy and Ann C. Warner Fund, Inc.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

This program is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.