Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

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.

– Pottermore

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.

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Script Publication

Since many Potter fans could not journey to see the play in London, Scholastic and Little, Brown announced that they would publish the play’s script worldwide in conjunction with the first official performance of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

Editions

West End Final Edition

A “definitive collector’s edition” of the script was officially announced on April 12, 2017. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production was released on July 25, 2017, both on Kindle and in paperback. This Final Edition includes the final dialogue changes, a Deathly Hallows timeline, and a Potter family tree.

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West End Rehearsal Edition

The first edition of the play’s script was released on July 31, 2016 (Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling’s birthday), the day after the play officially opened on the West End. A digital edition was released on the same day on Pottermore.

The initial book was published as a “special rehearsal edition” since the writers anticipated changes to the script during the show’s preview run, which began June 7, 2016.

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Announcements


Worldwide Score Release

September 20, 2018 – After two years, the score of the play by Imogen Heap was finally released to fans worldwide.

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Original West End Cast Members on Broadway

August 2, 2017 – Seven members of the original West End cast were announced to return to their roles for the Broadway play.

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Second Principal West End Casting

March 30, 2017 – The new cast for the West End play was announced, along with rehearsal and debut details.

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Broadway Production

December 1, 2016 – Pottermore announced that the producers of Cursed Child were in final talks to bring the play to Broadway.

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Script Publication

February 10, 2016 – Scholastic and Little, Brown announced that a hardcover would be printed of the play’s script.

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Golden Trio Casting

December 20, 2015 – The actors for Harry, Ron, and Hermione were made public.

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Play Title Reveal

June 25, 2015 – The title of the play was revealed.

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Rowling confirms Theatre Play

December 20, 2013 – J.K. Rowling confirmed, via Facebook, that the Daily Mail‘s rumor of a Harry Potter play in the West End was true.

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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.”

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Cast


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Year 3 Cast

  • Ron Weasley… Thomas Aldridge
  • Rose Granger-Weasley… Helen Aluko
  • Hermione Granger… Rakie Ayola/Nicola Alexis/Franc Ashman
  • Harry Potter… Jamie Ballard
  • Scorpius Malfoy… Jonathan Case
  • Draco Malfoy… James Howard
  • Albus Potter… Joe Idris-Roberts
  • Ginny Potter… Susie Trayling

Other cast members include:

  • Rosemary Annabella
  • David Annen
  • Jordan Bamford
  • Emma Brown
  • Adrian Christopher
  • Craig Connolly
  • Danny Dalton
  • Leah Haile
  • April Hughes
  • Martin Johnston
  • Gareth Kennerley
  • Susan Lawson-Reynolds
  • Ryan J. Mackay
  • David Mara
  • Dylan Mason
  • Barry McCarthy
  • Sandy McDade
  • James McGregor
  • Annette McLauglin
  • Tom Peters
  • James Phoon
  • Eve Ponsonby
  • Kate Russell-Smith
  • Sinéad Sharkey
  • Amarah-Jae St. Aubyn
  • Mark Theodore
  • Joshua Wyatt

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Year 2 Cast

  • Ron Weasley… Thomas Aldridge
  • Rose Granger-Weasley… Helen Aluko
  • Albus Potter… Theo Ancient
  • Hermione Granger… Rakie Ayola
  • Scorpius Malfoy… Samuel Blenkin
  • Harry Potter… Jamie Glover
  • Draco Malfoy… James Howard
  • Ginny Potter… Emma Lowndes

Other cast members include:

  • Nicola Alexis
  • Rosemary Annabella
  • David Annen
  • Annabel Baldwin Delphi
  • Ruthxjiah Bellenea
  • Morag Cross
  • Danny Dalton
  • Leah Haile
  • Rupert Henderson
  • Elizabeth Hill
  • April Hughes
  • Lowri James
  • Martin Johnston
  • Barry McCarthy
  • Sandy McDade
  • James McGregor
  • Tom Mackley
  • Sarah Miele
  • Rayxia Ojo
  • Jordan Paris
  • James Phoon
  • Henry Rundle
  • Nuno Silva
  • Ged Simmons
  • Mark Theodore
  • Gideon Turner
  • Ed White
  • Joshua Wyatt

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Year 1 Cast

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  • Craig Bowker Jr… Jeremy Ang Jones
  • Moaning Myrtle/Lily Potter Sr… Annabel Baldwin
  • Uncle Vernon/Severus Snape/Lord Voldemort… Paul Bentall
  • Scorpius Malfoy… Anthony Boyle
  • Albus Severus Potter… Sam Clemmett
  • Hermione Granger… Noma Dumezweni
  • Polly Chapman… Claudia Grant
  • Hagrid/Sorting Hat… Chris Jarman
  • Yann Fredericks… James Le Lacheur
  • Aunt Petunia/Madam Hooch/Dolores Umbridge… Helena Lymbery
  • Amos Diggory/Albus Dumbledore… Barry McCarthy
  • Trolley Witch/Professor McGonagall… Sandy McDade
  • Station Master… Adam McNamara
  • Ginny Potter… Poppy Miller
  • Cedric Diggory/James Potter Jr./James Potter Sr… Tom Milligan
  • Dudley Dursley/Karl Jenkins/Victor Krum… Jack North (Assistant Movement Captain)
  • Harry Potter… Jamie Parker
  • Draco Malfoy… Alex Price
  • Bane… Nuno Silva (Movement Captain)
  • Rose Granger-Weasley/Young Hermione… Cherrelle Skeete
  • Delphi… Esther Smith
  • Ron Weasley… Paul Thornley
  • Young Harry Potter… Rudi Goodman, Alfred Jones, Bili Keogh, Ewan Rutherford, Nathaniel Smith, Dylan Standen
  • Lily Potter Jr… Zoe Brough, Cristina Fray, Christiana Hutchings

Other cast members include:

  • Nicola Alexis
  • Helen Aluko (Swing)
  • Rosemary Annabella
  • Jack Bennett
  • Morag Cross (Swing) (Voice Captain)
  • James Howard
  • Lowri James
  • Martin Johnston
  • Chipo Kureya (Swing)
  • Tom Mackley (Swing)
  • Andrew McDonald
  • Stuart Ramsay
  • Joshua Wyatt (Swing)

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Crew
  • J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne… Original Story
  • Jack Thorne… Playwright
  • John Tiffany… Director
  • Sonia Friedman Productions, Colin Callender’s Playground Entertainment, Harry Potter Theatrical Productions… Producers
  • Steven Hoggett… Movement Director
  • Christine Jones… Set Designer
  • Katrina Lindsay… Costume Designer
  • Neil Austin… Lighting Designer
  • Gareth Fry… Sound Designer
  • Imogen Heap… Composer & Arranger
  • Jeremy Chernick… Special Effects
  • Jamie Harrison… Illusions & Magic
  • Martin Lowe… Music Supervisor & Arranger
  • Julia Horan CDG… Casting Director
  • Gary Beestone… Production Manager
  • Sam Hunter… Production Stage Manager
  • Des Kennedy… Associate Director
  • Neil Bettles… Associate Movement Director
  • Brett J. Banakis… Associate Set Designer
  • Pete Malkin… Associate Sound Designer
  • Chris Fisher… Illusions & Magic Associate
  • Lotte Hines… Casting Associate
  • Adam King… Assistant Lighting Designer
  • Sabine Lemaitre… Costume Design Supervisor
  • Carole Hancock… Hair, Wigs & Make-up
  • Lisa Buckley, Mary Halliday… Props Supervisors
  • Phij Adams… Music Editor
  • Finn Ross, Ash Woodward… Video Design
  • Daniele Lydon… Dialect Coach
  • Richard Ryder… Voice Coach
  • Richard Clayton… Company Stage Manager
  • Jordan Noble-Davies… Stage Manager
  • Jenefer Tait… Deputy Stage Manager
  • Oliver Bagwell Purefoy, Tom Gilding, Sally Inch, Ban Sherratt… Assistant Stage Managers
  • Pip Minnithorpe… Resident Director
  • Amy Gillot… Head of Wardrobe
  • Laura Watkins… Deputy Head of Wardrobe
  • Kate Anderson, Leanne Hired… Wardrobe Assistants
  • George Amielle, Melissa Cooke, Rosie Etheridge, John Ovenden, Emilee Swift… Dressers
  • Nina Van Houten… Head of Hair, Wigs & Make-up
  • Alice Townes… Deputy Head of Hair, Wigs & Make-up
  • Charlotte Briscoe, Jacob Fessey, Cassie Murphie… Hair, Wigs & Make-up Assistants
  • Chris Reid… Head of Sound
  • Rowena Edwards… Deputy Head of Sound
  • Laura Caplin… Sound No. 3
  • Callum Donaldson… SFX Operator
  • Josh Peters… Head of Automation
  • Jamie Lawrence… Deputy Head of Automation
  • Jame Robson… Automation No. 3
  • David Treanor… Show Chief LX
  • Paul Gurney… Performer Flying Technician
  • David Russell, Eleanor Dowling… Chaperones
  • Sonia Friedman Productions… General Management
  • Diane Benjamin… Executive Director
  • Pam Skinner… Executive Producer
  • Fiona Stewart… Associate Producer
  • Ben Canning… Assistant Producer
  • Max Bittleston… General Management Assistant
  • Imogen Clare-Wood… Production Assistant
  • Laura Jane Elliott… Marketing Manager
  • Mark Payn… Revenue Manager
  • Lucie Lovatt… Associate Producer (Development)
  • Lydia Rynne… Development Assistant
  • Jack Bradley… Literary Associate
  • Jordan Eaton… Office Assistant
  • Vicky Ngoma… House Seats Assistant
Reviews

Read MuggleNet’s Cursed Child breakdowns and theater review during the first week’s preview and public performance.

MuggleNet Theater Review: ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’” – By Claire Furner | MuggleNet | August 3, 2016

Spoiler-Free Breakdown of ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Part 1’” – By Devin Storment | MuggleNet | June 7, 2016

Spoiler-Free Breakdown of ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Part 2’” – By Devin Storment | MuggleNet | June 9, 2016


‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ review – duel of dark and light carried off with dazzling assurance” – By Michael Billington | The Guardian | July 26, 2016

‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two’: Theater Review” – By Leslie Felperin | The Hollywood Reporter | July 25, 2016

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, review: A magical experience tailor made for the stage” – By Jack Shepherd | Independent | July 25, 2016

Review: ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ Casts a Spell Onstage” – By Ben Brantley | The New York Times | July 25, 2016

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a magical show with a strong emotional core – review” – By Dominic Cavendish | The Telegraph | July 30, 2016

West End Review: ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’” – By Matt Trueman | Variety | July 25, 2016

 

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.”

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Cast
  • Scorpius Malfoy… Anthony Boyle
  • Albus Severus Potter… Sam Clemmett
  • Hermione Granger… Noma Dumezweni
  • Ginny Potter… Poppy Miller
  • Harry Potter… Jamie Parker
  • Draco Malfoy… Alex Price
  • Ron Weasley… Paul Thornley

Other cast members include:

  • David Abeles
  • Brian Abraham
  • Shirine Babb
  • Jess Barbagallo
  • Stephen Bradbury
  • Lauren Nicole Cipoletti
  • Joshua De Jesus
  • Jessie Fisher
  • Richard Gallagher
  • Susan Heyward
  • Geraldine Hughes
  • Edward James Hyland
  • Byron Jennings
  • Katie Kreisler
  • Joey LaBrasca
  • Andrew Long
  • Kathryn Meisle
  • Angela Reed
  • Dave Register
  • Adeola Role
  • James Romney
  • Malika Samuel
  • Alanna Saunders
  • David St. Louis
  • Stuart Ward
  • Madeline Weinstein
  • Alex Weisman
  • Benjamin Wheelwright
Crew
  • J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne… Original Story
  • Jack Thorne… Playwright
  • John Tiffany… Director
  • Sonia Friedman Productions, Colin Callender’s Playground Entertainment, Harry Potter Theatrical Productions… Producers
  • Steven Hoggett… Movement Director
  • Christine Jones… Set Designer
  • Katrina Lindsay… Costume Designer
  • Imogen Heap… Composer and Arranger
  • Neil Austin… Lighting Designer
  • Gareth Fry… Sound Designer
  • Jamie Harrison… Illusions and Magic
  • Martin Lowe… Music Supervisor and Arranger
  • Brett J. Banakis… Scenic Supervisor
  • Jim Carnahan, CSA… US Casting Director
  • Julia Horan, CDG… UK Casting Director
  • Des Kennedy… Associate Director
  • Neil Bettles… Associate Movement Director
  • Whitney Mosery… US Associate Director
  • Yasmine Lee… US Associate Movement Director
  • Gary Beestone… International Technical Director
  • Juniper Street Productions, Inc… Production Manager
  • Finn Ross… Video Designer
  • Ash J. Woodward… Video Designer
  • Sabine Lemaitre… Costume Design Supervisor
  • Carole Hancock… Wigs, Hair and Makeup
  • Benjamin Shaw… US Resident Director
  • Sam Hunter… International Production Stage Manager
  • Rolt Smith… Production Stage Manager
  • Bespoke Theatricals… US General Managers
  • Sonia Friedman Productions… UK General Managers

 

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.

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Cast
  • Hermione Granger… Paula Arundell
  • Ginny Potter… Lucy Goleby
  • Ron Weasley… Gyton Grantley
  • Scorpius Malfoy… William McKenna
  • Harry Potter…Gareth Reeves
  • Draco Malfoy… Tom Wren
  • Albus Severus Potter… Sean Rees-Wemyss

Other cast members include:

  • Iopu Auva’a
  • Damien Avery
  • Mike Bishop
  • Simon Chandler
  • Clare Chihambakwe
  • Louis Corbett
  • Gillian Cosgriff
  • Manali Datar
  • Mark Dickinson
  • Lyndall Grant
  • George Henare
  • Soren Jensen
  • Hamish Johnston
  • Madeleine Jones
  • Amanda LaBonté
  • Debra Lawrance
  • Kuda Mapeza
  • Kirsty Marillier
  • Cle Morgan
  • James O’Connell
  • David Paterson
  • John Shearman
  • David Simes
  • Hayden Spencer
  • Slone Sudiro
  • Connor Sweeney
  • Jessica Vickers
  • Hannah Waterman

 

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.

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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.

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