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.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a theatrical play with an entirely original story as a collaboration between J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany. The play is presented in two parts, though it is all one story. The two parts are intended to be watched in order, either on the same day or within two consecutive days. Cursed Child‘s tagline is “The eighth story. Nineteen years later,” and the story starts where Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows ended. It follows the next generation of Hogwarts students, starring Harry’s son, Albus Severus Potter.
West End Production (London)
The play premiered at the Palace Theater in London’s West End. The show began its preview performances on June 7, 2016, and opened on July 30, 2016, with Part One starting at 2:00 p.m. and Part Two at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets first went on sale on October 28, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. GMT for priority bookings. 175,000 tickets were sold in eight hours, an amount unprecedented for a theater production. Sales for the general public began on October 30, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. GMT. Currently, Cursed Child tickets are hard to come by, but every Friday at 1:00 p.m. GMT, 40 tickets are released for the following week for great seats at a great price, known as the “Friday Forty.”
Broadway Production (New York)
A Broadway production of the play premiered at the Lyric Theatre on New York City’s Broadway. The first preview performance was on March 16, 2018, and the official opening day was Sunday, April 22, 2018. The play continues to be in the same format, in two parts, for its Broadway performances.
Registration for ticket access opened at 10:00 a.m. ET on October 1, 2017, and closed at 10:00 a.m. ET on October 5, 2017. Tickets went on sale on October 18, 2017. The second batch of tickets went on sale and immediately sold out within minutes on February 7, 2018. The play set a Broadway Box Office record in previews with $2,138,859 gross for the week ending April 8, 2018, making it the highest-grossing play in Broadway history. Currently, there are six ways to purchase tickets, including the “Friday Forty.”
East End Production (Melbourne)
On October 23, 2017, the surprising announcement of a third city to host Cursed Child was announced. Melbourne, Australia’s Princess Theater will begin the production run in early 2019. Director John Tiffany will travel to Melbourne in early 2018 to begin the auditioning process.