Icon of shooting starsThe Lion King (London, May 2020 / Bradford, June 2020 / Cardiff, August 2020 / Southampton, October 2020 / Manchester, Jan 2021)

Icon of shooting starsHarry Potter and the Cursed Child  (London, August 2020)

Icon of shooting starsFrozen the Musical  (London, February 2021)

Autism-friendly performances can be a fantastic way for people on the autism spectrum to enjoy a live theatre show. From reduction to sound levels, changes to lighting to a relaxed attitude to movement in and out of the auditorium and chill-out areas,to theatre staff and cast training, a number of adjustments are made to make the experience as inclusive as possible.

Find out about the work we do with theatres to offer autism-friendly and relaxed shows.

Autism-friendly cinemas

If you are an avid cinema-goer, Autism-Friendly screenings are another option of enjoying your holidays and days out. Within a more relaxed environment including adjusted light and sound level, autistic people and their families can enjoy movies while being able to move around, make a noise and take a break during the film when necessary.

National Autistic Society closely work with many cinemas to support relaxed screening programmes and present Autism-Friendly Awards to some cinemas in recognition of their outstanding commitment to providing an accessible and inclusive environment offering regular relaxed screenings.

Icon of shooting starsBarbican Cinema

Icon of shooting starsBFI

Icon of shooting starsGlasgow Film Theatre

Find out more about other autism-friendly cinemas

Autism-friendly/relaxed performances & screenings coming up

The shows which are listed as 'Relaxed performances' or 'Relaxed screenings' will also include audience members who have other disabilities.

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Frozen the Musical


Date: Sunday 28 February 2021

Time: 12.30pm

Venue: Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Catherine St, Covent Garden, London WC2B 5JF

Tickets: From £20 to £49.50 depending on seats


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Disney’s Frozen the Musical is coming to London’s West End and is delighted to be hosting its first Relaxed Performance. This special performance taking place in an adapted environment is tailored to the needs of people on the autistic spectrum as well as people with other sensitivity issues.

Prepare to be swept away to Arendelle to experience the magical world of Frozen come to life before your eyes. Re-live the story that melted hearts across the world with all of the characters and songs from the original film including ‘For the first time in forever’, ‘In Summer’ and the iconic global hit ‘Let It Go', in addition to new songs written especially for the stage production. Spectacular special effects, breathtaking sets and beautiful costumes combine to make this a theatrical experience you will never forget.

Book your tickets and start your journey today! Tickets on sale on 6 March 2020.

Buy tickets via the website 

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child


Date: Wednesday August 12, Part one at 1pm, Part two at 6.30pm

Time: Part one will start at 1pm, you can arrive at the theatre from 12pm (midday)

 Palace Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 5AY

Tickets: £15-£45 for each part of the show, depending on seats.
Call the Nimax Access line on 0330 333 4815 or email cursedchildaccess@nimaxtheatres.com or follow the link below to book online

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has partnered with our charity for its second specially adapted performance for autistic theatregoers and their families. Trained staff will be available to help you on the day, and the theatre itself will have plenty of quiet spaces for you to use before or during the show.

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a new play by Jack Thorne. It's the eight story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The critically acclaimed production became the most awarded West End play in the history of the Olivier Awards, winning a record-breaking nine awards including Best New Play and Best Director.

This adapted performance doesn't take away any of the magic of the original performance, but small adaptations, particularly to the theatre experience - from security to merchandise and seating, and quiet areas - mean this inaugural performance will be perfect for autistic people who may be unable to cope with regular showings.

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The Lion King


Date: 16 June 2020, 5pm

Venue: Alhambra Theatre, Morley Street, Bradford

Tickets: £20 to £40 (dependent on seating) - book online


Date: 20 August 2020, 1.30pm

Venue: Wales Millennium Centre, Bute Pl, Cardiff CF10 5AL

Tickets: £20 to £40 (dependent on seating) - book online


Date: 26 January 2020, 1 30pm

Venue: The Playhouse, 18-22 Greenside Place, Edinburgh EH1 3AA

Tickets: Price dependent on seating - book online


Date: 31 May 2020, 1pm

Venue: The Lyceum Theatre, 21 Wellington St, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7RQ

Tickets: Price dependent on seating - book online


Date: 31 January 2021, 1.30pm

Venue: Palace Theatre Manchester, 97 Oxford St, Manchester M1 6FT

Tickets: £20 to £40 (dependent on seating) - book online


Date: 7 October 2020, 1.30pm

Venue: Mayflower Theatre, 22-26 Commercial Rd, Southampton SO15 1GE

Tickets: £20 to £40 (dependent on seating) - book online

Photo from a London production of Disney's 'The Lion King' musical

Disney’s The Lion King is back on the West End for another fantastic relaxed performance, carefully tailored to autistic people and their families. The show will welcome not only autistic people but those with other conditions that may prevent them from accessing a mainstream theatre environment. From quiet rooms and a relaxed audience etiquette to fully trained staff and cast who understand autism, and small production changes, we work with the show to review any changes that will make the experience more enjoyable for autistic people.

At The Lion King we have performed six relaxed performances and I speak for the entire cast when I say they are our favourite shows of the year. The energy abounding from the audience is extraordinary.

George Asprey, who plays Scar in the London production of Disney's The Lion King.

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Barbican Cinema

Barbican Cinemas 2 & 3 and Cafe awarded the Autism Friendly Award in 2020. The Barbican cinema presents regular Relaxed Screenings including two regular new release screenings every month, as well as a monthly event cinema Relaxed Screening.

Find out more about Barbican’s relaxed screening.


BFI Southbank has been awarded the Autism Friendly Award in 2019. BFI presents relaxed screenings each month for those in the neuro-diverse community and their carers and assistants offering a range of the latest releases.

Find out more about BFI’s relaxed screening.

Glasgow Film Theatre

Glasgow Film Theatre is the first cinema in the UK to hold the Autism Friendly Award. Glasgow Film Theatre received the award in recognition of Access Film Club and Take 2 Access Film Club, monthly screenings for autistic adults and children respectively.

Find out more about Glasgow Film Theatre’s relaxed screenings.