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.
West Coast Production (San Francisco)
An announcement was made on June 28, 2018, that Cursed Child will be opening in San Francisco, California, in fall of 2019 at the Curran Theater. This will be the debut of the play on America’s West Coast. The production is currently looking to begin casting, and for those Equity actors who are interested, information can be found here. Ticket information will be available at a later date.
German Production (Hamburg)
Harry Potter fans in Germany will soon be able to enjoy Harry Potter and the Cursed Child without having to go very far! Announced on July 5, 2018, a production will be opening in Hamburg in the spring of 2020. The first non-English version of the play will premiere at the Mehr! Theater am Großmarkt.
Beginning in May 2019, this theater will receive one of Cursed Child’s signature theater makeovers. As of now, interested parties can sign up to receive updates about advanced ticket sales and other information about the play via a newsletter from the official website.