UPDATED: “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” Synopsis Revealed

It’s been a long wait, but we’ve FINALLY got answers as to what Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be about. Only last night, we were speculating about the identity of the Cursed Child after the reveal of the official artwork. Ticket sale dates were also revealed, and it was seemingly confirmed that the identity of the child would be Albus Severus Potter.

This morning, Pottermore has finally given us an official synopsis to the play – so there will be no more wondering if the play is a prequel (definitely not) and no more speculating as to whose story the play will be telling. The play is being advertised as the “eighth Harry Potter story,” and the new tag line can be seen in the picture below.

HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD (2)

J.K. Rowling has been working alongside Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, as seen in the picture below, to bring the story to the stage.

1. l-r Jack Thorne, J.K. Rowling and John Tiffany. Photo by Debra Hurford Brown ©J.K. Rowling (1)

As rumored last night, the play is a sequel to the books, following the epilogue in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Here’s the synopsis in full:

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, 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.

The play will feature a cast of over 30, and it’s interesting to see how this new information fits in with what was overheard by a MuggleNet staff member a few weeks ago – were these boys auditioning for one of the Potter children?

It has also been confirmed that tickets will go on sale next week:

Tickets go on sale online only at 11am GMT on Wednesday[], 28 October, on a first[-]come, first[-]served basis to all who have registered for priority booking, and at 11am GMT on Friday[,] 30 October to the general public.

UPDATED

Information about booking tickets has also been released. Booking begins next week, as stated above, and tickets will be available for the preview run, starting June 7, 2016. The main performances will begin on July 30, 1016.

From July 30, on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays there will be two performances, with a matinee performance of Part 1 and an evening performance of Part 2. For the first round of tickets, when you buy a ticket for a Part 1 performance, you will automatically be booked onto the next performance of Part 2, whether that is in the evening or the next day. To make more sense of this system,  check out the press release below, head to the official website, or take a look at the visual guide from Pottermore:

Pottermore visual guide

For those who miss out on booking next week, there will also be a weekly and daily lottery system in place. Here’s some more information about the schedule of the play:

Reduced price previews will begin on Tuesday[,] 7 June 2016, and the [o]pening performances of Part One and Part Two of the play will be on Saturday[,] 30 July 2016 at 2pm and 7.30pm.

In addition, four special preview performances are planned for the end of May 2016. Details of when these performances will go on sale will be announced at a later date.

For the schedule of preview performances from 7 June to 3 July 2016, please see the official website HarryPotterthePlay.com

From 6 July 2016, the production will commence its regular performance schedule:

Monday – no performance

Tuesday – no performance

Wednesday – 2pm Part One & 7.30pm Part Two

Thursday – 7.30pm Part One

Friday – 7.30pm Part Two

Saturday – 2pm Part One & 7.30pm Part Two

Sunday – 1pm Part One & 6.30pm Part Two

More details about the tickets, including prices, which begin at £30 for both shows during previews, and at £40 afterward, can be found in the press release below.

You can register for priority booking until Saturday, October 24.

Let us know your thoughts on the synopsis in the comments!

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WORLD PREMIERE IN LONDON SUMMER 2016

H A R R Y   P O T T E R   A N D   T H E   C U R S E D   C H I L D

PARTS I & II

THE EIGHTH STORY

NINETEEN YEARS LATER

 

  • A NEW PLAY BASED ON AN ORIGINAL NEW STORY BY J.K. ROWLING, JACK THORNEAND JOHN TIFFANY
  • AN EPIC THEATRICAL EVENT PRESENTED IN TWO PARTS
  • THE STORY STARTS WHERE SEVENTH BOOK LEFT OFF

 

  • PRIORITY BOOKING FROM 28 OCTOBER 2015
  • PUBLIC BOOKING OPENS 30 OCTOBER 2015
  • REDUCED PRICE PREVIEWS BEGIN LATE MAY 2016
  • 16 WEEKS OF PERFORMANCES ON SALE IN FIRST BOOKING PERIOD

 

PREVIEWS

  • REDUCED PRICE PREVIEW TICKETS FROM £10 PER PART
  • 250 TICKETS FOR EVERY PERFORMANCE AT £15 OR LESS PER PART

POST OPENING

  • TICKETS FROM £15 PER PART
  • 250 TICKETS FOR EVERY PERFORMANCE AT £20 OR LESS PER PART
  • REDUCED PRICE LOTTERY TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR EVERY PERFORMANCE

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a new play by Jack Thorne will receive its world premiere in London’s West End at the Palace Theatre in the summer of 2016.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage.  Written by Jack Thorne and directed by Olivier and Tony award winner John Tiffany, the play brings together some of the most exciting talent working in the theatre today.

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, 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.

Featuring a cast of over 30, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is one play presented in two parts. Both parts are intended to be seen in order on the same day (matinee and evening), or on two consecutive evenings.

On Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays there will be a matinee performance of Part One and an evening performance of Part Two.  For the initial on sale period, one ticket will automatically secure the same seat for both Part One and Part Two on the same day.

For subsequent booking periods, tickets for Wednesday matinee and Wednesday evening performances can be bought together or separately. Details of when Saturday and Sunday performances of Parts One and Part Two can be bought separately will be announced at a later date.

On Thursdays there will be an evening performance of Part One and on Fridays an evening performance of Part Two.  On those days tickets to each part can be bought together or separately.

Previews begin 7 June 2016 (please see website for schedule) with the Opening performances of Part One and Part Two on Saturday 30 July 2016.

In addition four special preview performances are planned for the end of May 2016 – details of where and how to obtain these tickets will be announced at a later date.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, Colin Callender’sPlayground Entertainment and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions.

J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany said: “It is very exciting to explore Harry’s world in a brand new way through the live form of theatre. Collaborating on this story is exhilarating for all of us and we can’t wait to present the eighth story at the Palace Theatre next summer.”

J.K. Rowling said: “The story only exists because the right group of people came together with a brilliant idea about how to present Harry Potter on stage. I’m confident that when audiences see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child they will understand why we chose to tell this story in this way.”

Jack Thorne said: “To be working again with John Tiffany to bring Harry Potter to the stage in a new story is an amazing opportunity. As a massive fan of the books it is an enormous responsibility but it also means I have the opportunity to work with J.K. Rowling, which is a huge honour.”

John Tiffany said: “Theatre is storytelling in its purest form. It can be simple, transformative and magical, all at the same time. That’s what makes theatre unique and the opportunity to tell the new Harry Potter story in this way is beyond exciting.”

Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender said: “We are very proud to have assembled some of the finest creative talent working in the theatre today to bring to the stage this epic story of love, courage, adventure and the power of the imagination from J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World. With reduced preview tickets starting at £10 per part, regular tickets starting at £15 per part and the weekly and daily lotteries we have set out to make the play accessible to the widest theatre going audience.” 

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be directed by John Tiffany with movement by Steven Hoggett, set designs by Christine Jones, costumes by Katrina Lindsay, music by Imogen Heap, lighting by Neil Austin, sound by Gareth Fry, special effects by Jeremy Chernick, illusions by Jamie Harrison and musical supervision by Martin Lowe. 

Casting will be announced at a later date.

J.K. Rowling is the author of the seven Harry Potter novels, which have sold over 450 million copies and have been translated into 78 languages, and three companion books originally published for charity.  She is also the author of The Casual Vacancy, a novel for adults published in 2012, and, under the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith, is the author of the Cormoran Strike crime series.  J.K. Rowling is making her screen writing debut and is a producer on the film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a further extension of the Wizarding World, due for release in November 2016.

Jack Thorne writes for theatre, film, television and radio.  His theatre credits include Hope and Let The Right One In both directed by John Tiffany, The Solid Life of Sugarwater for the Graeae Theatre Company, Bunny for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Stacy for the Trafalgar Studios, 2nd May 1997 and When You Cure Me for the Bush. His adaptations include The Physicists for the Donmar Warehouse and Stuart: A Life Backwards for Hightide. On film his credits include War Book, A Long Way Down and The Scouting Book for Boys.  For television his credits include The Last Panthers, Don’t Take My Baby, This Is England, The Fades, Glue and Cast-Offs and the upcoming National Treasure.  In 2012 he won BAFTAs for best series (The Fades) and best serial (This Is England 88).

John Tiffany directed Once for which he was the recipient of multiple awards both in the West End and on Broadway.  As Associate Director of the Royal Court, his work includes The Twits, Hope and The Pass.  He was the director of Let The Right One In for the National Theatre of Scotland, which transferred to the Royal Court, West End and St. Ann’s Warehouse. His other work for the National Theatre of Scotland includes Macbeth (also Broadway), Enquirer, The Missing, Peter Pan, The House of Bernarda Alba, Transform Caithness: Hunter, Be Near Me, Nobody Will Ever Forgive Us, The Bacchae, Black Watch, for which he won the Olivier and Critics’ Circle Best Director Awards, Elizabeth Gordon Quinn and Home: Glasgow.  Other recent credits include The Glass Menagerie at A.R.T. and on Broadway and The Ambassador at BAM. Tiffany was Associate Director of the National Theatre of Scotland from 2005 to 2012, and was a Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University in the 2010-2011 academic year.

For further biographies of the full creative team, please visit the official play websiteHarryPotterthePlay.com

Running times for Part One and Part Two will be announced at a later date.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child supports Lumos, the international non-profit organisation founded by J.K. Rowling that works to transform the lives of disadvantaged children.

BOOKING INFORMATION

 

Theatre

 

Palace Theatre, 109-113 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 8AY

 

On sale dates

 

Tickets for the first four months of performances, including previews (7 June – 18 September 2016) will go on sale online only at 11am GMT on 28 October 2015 on a first come first served basis to all who registered forHarry Potter and the Cursed Child priority booking on the official website HarryPotterthePlay.com.

 

Tickets will go on sale to the general public, online only, on 30 October 2015 at 11am GMT.

 

Ticket prices

 

Previews: £20, £50, £80 or £100 for a seat for both Part One and Part Two of the play; £10, £25, £40 or £50 if bought separately.

 

Performances after opening from 3 August 2016: £30, £70, £100 or £130 for a seat for both Part One and Part Two of the play; £15, £35, £50 or £65 if bought separately.

 

Performance schedule

 

Reduced price previews will begin on Tuesday 7 June 2016 and the Opening performances of Part One and Part Two of the play will be on Saturday 30 July 2016 at 2pm and 7.30pm.

 

In addition four special preview performances are planned for the end of May 2016. Details of when these performances will go on sale will be announced at a later date.

 

For the schedule of preview performances from 7 June to 3 July 2016, please see the official website HarryPotterthePlay.com

 

From 6 July 2016, the production will commence its regular performance schedule:

 

Monday – no performance

Tuesday – no performance

Wednesday – 2pm Part One & 7.30pm Part Two

Thursday – 7.30pm Part One

Friday – 7.30pm Part Two

Saturday – 2pm Part One & 7.30pm Part Two

Sunday – 1pm Part One & 6.30pm Part Two

 

Weekly Lottery

 

Every Friday at 1pm, there will be a weekly release online of 20 tickets for each performance. These will be for the following week’s performances and situated in the stalls. Tickets will be £30 during previews and £40 after the show opens to purchase a seat for both Part One and Part Two.

 

Day Lottery

 

There will be a daily ticket lottery, with 20 tickets in the stalls at £30 during previews and £40 after the show opens to purchase a seat for both Part One and Part Two. These will be available in person at the Palace Theatre box office on the day of the performance.

 

Age recommendation

 

The show is suitable for ages 10 and up.

 

Access tickets

 

Please call 0330 333 4410 for booking accessible tickets only or email.

access@nimaxtheatres.com. Please note, there are no general ticket sales on this number.

Dates for audio described, signed and relaxed performances to be announced.

 

For a further summary of booking information please visit the official play websiteHarryPotterthePlay.com/tickets.

 

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  • This is such exciting news! However, I think saying the plot is that a child has to struggle with his family legacy is pretty vague. Not much to comment on yet. 😉

    • Felix Scamander

      Well, fame can be a burden. Look at Harry, or even Ron, who struggled in the shadows of his brothers, just because they were cool, or got great marks, or made up some great jokes, or won the Quidditch Cup. Having to live up to the reputation of you fantastic father, The Boy Who Lived, youngest Seeker in a century, slayer of a Basilisk, powerful Patronus-caster, Triwizard Chamion and winner, who duelled He Who Must not Be Named is his fully fledged form not once, but thrice. But of an overkill, but I wanted to make my point.

      • Anon

        It isn’t just Harry that Albus has to live up to. Ginny is a former celebrated Quidditch player, a celebrity Daily Prophet sports reporter, and very famous in her own right for her part in the battle against Voldemort. The synopsis doesn’t say Albus’ issues are all just about Harry’s legacy, it says a family legacy, which could and surely does also mean his mother. Albus has two famous parents and numerous famous extended family members to live in the shadow of. He has to learn to find a way to deal with that.

        • Felix Scamander

          Ooh, yes. Fantastic.

  • MagicandCastles

    I’m privileged enough to be a few hours train ride away from London and will be trying for a couple of the cheapest tickets- it’s not like buying a book for £15! But only because I need to see this first hand to have an opinion. I can’t help but be excited for this but I wish that JK would go for stories in the world but leave Harry alone. Of course he has grown up problems but in general (and apart from little glimpses in their lives- ie the Quiddich thing or Pottermore) the end of Harry’s story should stay at ‘all was well’.

  • gogglespaisano

    Albus Severus Potter (ASP) – a very deadly snake ??? – maybe

  • Felix Scamander

    I’m Irish, and so I am planning to get tickets ASAP
    🙂

  • andrewilley

    “You and Ginny both turn out fine. It’s your kids, Harry, something’s gotta be done about your kids!” – Back to the #19YearsLater

    • MagicandCastles

      Reading this comment back now is genius!