“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” Ticket Sales Break Records

Today, priority booking tickets for the upcoming play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child went on sale. It was only last week that we found out just what the play would be about, and the announcement that tickets would go on sale this week meant that there was a frenzy of excitement and panic.

The first wave of tickets were released to those who signed up to priority booking at 11 a.m. GMT this morning. Despite a mixed reaction to the play news (including the fact that the play would be split into two), it’s true to say that the Potter fandom was mostly incredibly excited but also rather anxious about obtaining tickets this morning. For many fans, this meant early starts and long waits in front of computer screens!

 

While many fans encountered teething problems with the website, including being kicked out of line and losing tickets at the last minute, many were successful in obtaining tickets and took to social media to share their highs and lows.

The demand for tickets was so high that a second wave of tickets was released this afternoon, booking from September 2016 to January 2017. For some users, there were issues with the ticketing companies, but many were successful in obtaining tickets, especially once the second wave of tickets was released. Following the release of extra tickets, a statement was issued:

Tickets for the first booking period  (7 June–18 September 2016) for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child sold out during priority on sale today (28 October 2015), and as a result the [p]roducers have now put on sale seats for the second booking period to 8 January 2017 to those who registered for priority booking.

A later press release issued stated,

Tickets went on sale today at 11am (28 October 2015) for those who had registered for priority booking for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child This afternoon the [p]roducers released tickets for the second booking period to 8 January 2017, also to those who registered for priority booking.  At 7pm this evening over 175,000 tickets had been sold for the play, which is unprecedented for a theatre production. On Friday (30 October 2015), when general booking opens, to ensure customers are given the best possible chance to obtain tickets, the [p]roducers will be opening up an additional booking period, details of which will be announced in the next 24 hours.

It’s certainly very clear that the Potter fandom is still very much alive!

There are still limited tickets available for the September to January period. If you weren’t successful with getting tickets today, then make sure to try again on Friday when a third wave of tickets for a later period will be released to the general public. Find out more about the play itself here, and read more about how you can get tickets in the press release below.

Since the record breaking sales earlier today, warnings have been sent out by the official team behind the play, warning fans not to buy tickets from resale sites. The site states,

We reserve the right to refuse admission to customers with tickets purchased on re-sale websites. Tickets purchased through either of our official ticketing platforms must not be sold or advertised for sale on the internet, in newspapers or elsewhere.

Were you surprised at how quickly tickets went, or were you expecting it? Were you successful in getting tickets? Did you encounter difficulties? Share your experiences with us in the comments!

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PARTS I & II

THE EIGHTH STORY

NINETEEN YEARS LATER

 

Tickets for the first booking period  (7 June – 18 September 2016) for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child sold out during priority on sale today (28 October 2015) and as a result the Producers have now put on sale seats for the second booking period to 8 January 2017 to those who registered for priority booking.

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.

Tickets for the first four months of performances, including previews, went on sale today at 11am (28 October 2015) on a first come first served basis to all who registered for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child priority booking on the official websiteHarryPotterthePlay.com.   Weekly and Day Lottery tickets for all performances will still be available as per booking information below.

Previews will begin 7 June 2016 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 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 winnerJohn 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. Casting and running times for Part One and Part Two will be announced at a later date. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is suitable for ages 10 and up.

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. 

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

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

 

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

 

Ticket prices and performance schedule

 

Previews: £10, £25, £40, £45 or £50 if bought separately;  £20, £50, £80, £90 or £100 for a seat for both Part One and Part Two of the play.

Performances from 3 August 2016: £15, £35, £50, £60 or £65 if bought separately;  £30, £70, £100, £120 or £130 for a seat for both Part One and Part Two of the play.

From 6 July 2016, the production will commence its regular performance schedule:  Monday – no performance,Tuesday – no performance, Wednesday2pm Part One & 7.30pm Part Two, Thursday7.30pm Part One, Friday7.30pm Part Two, Saturday2pm Part One & 7.30pm Part Two, Sunday1pm 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.

 

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 website HarryPotterthePlay.com/tickets

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PARTS I & II

THE EIGHTH STORY

NINETEEN YEARS LATER

Tickets went on sale today at 11am (28 October 2015) for those who had registered for priority booking for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child This afternoon the Producers released tickets for the second booking period to 8 January 2017, also to those who registered for priority booking.  At 7pm this evening over 175,000 tickets had been sold for the play, which is unprecedented for a theatre production. On Friday (30 October 2015), when general booking opens, to ensure customers are given the best possible chance to obtain tickets the Producers will be opening up an additional booking period, details of which will be announced in the next 24 hours.

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