Cursed Child to put on autism-friendly performance in London

Jamie Ballard in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child London 2018-19. Photo by Manuel Harlan

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be putting on a special relaxed performance of their award-winning play in London later this month. Learn all about it here.

On Thursday 23 August and Friday 24 August, the London production of Cursed Child will be putting on a ‘relaxed performance’ of the play in two parts for the first time. Here’s Jack Thorne and John Tiffany to explain more.

So what exactly is a relaxed performance? Well, this simply means that the play will be adapted for anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed environment, for example those with autism or learning difficulties and their families.

Amends are made to help them more easily enjoy the show, such as adjustments to the light and sound, providing chill-out areas, and creating a relaxed and welcoming environment overall.

There will be fewer audience members than a usual performance, so there will be more space for audience members to move around or leave the auditorium easily, should they need to. You can learn more about how relaxed performances work in the theatre here.

The Cursed Child production has partnered with The National Autistic Society, who provided special training to the company and staff, on these special performances.

Tickets for the relaxed performance are available now. In addition, at every performance of Cursed Child there are seats are available for autistic patrons or patrons with special needs that might require them to have the option to leave the auditorium easily the during the play. To learn more, visit the Cursed Child Access page.

To learn more about future London Cursed Child performances, keep checking the official website.