“Cursed Child” San Francisco Character Portraits Released

Previews for the San Francisco production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child are fast approaching. But before the cast takes to the stage for the first time on Wednesday, October 23 at the Curran Theatre, fans got their first glimpse of the production with the traditional Cursed Child character portraits.

First, let’s take a look at San Francisco’s very own Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger, who are played by John Skelley, David Abeles, and Yanna McIntosh. As previously reported, Skelley and Abeles are familiar with the world of Cursed Child, with both actors having appeared in the Broadway production.


From left to right: David Abeles (Ron Weasley), John Skelley (Harry Potter), and Yanna McIntosh Hermione Granger)


Skelley was previously the understudy for the character of Harry Potter in New York.


John Skelley as Harry Potter


Abeles was part of the Cursed Child ensemble cast on Broadway and will be taking on the role of Ron Weasley in San Francisco.


David Abeles as Ron Weasley


McIntosh is new to the world of Cursed Child and will be playing Hermione Granger in the San Francisco production. She has an extensive career on both stage and screen, appearing in theater productions such as The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Antony and Cleopatra and on television shows such as Suits and Riverdale.


Yanna McIntosh as Hermione Granger


Rounding up the character portraits of the Potter family are Angela Reed (Ginny Potter) and Benjamin Papac (Albus Potter). Reed is another familiar face to fans of Cursed Child since she was a member of the original Broadway cast.


Angela Reed as Ginny Potter


The role of Albus Potter will be Papac’s professional stage debut, but he has previously made a number of television appearances, including a recurring role in Netflix’s Greenhouse Academy.


Benjamin Papac as Albus Potter


From left to right: Angela Reed (Ginny Potter), Benjamin Papac (Albus Potter), and John Skelley (Harry Potter)


Completing the character portraits for the Granger-Weasley family is Folami Williams, who is taking on the role of Rose Granger-Weasley. Like most members of the Wizarding World family, Williams has acted in a number of productions of Shakespeare’s work, including Off-Broadway productions of Julius Ceaser and Othello.


Folami Williams as Rose Granger-Weasley from the San Francisco cast of “Cursed Child”


The Granger-Weasley family (David Abeles, Folami Williams, and Yanna McIntosh)


Last, but by no means least, is San Francisco’s Malfoy family. Lucas Hall is pictured as Draco Malfoy and Jon Steiger as Scorpius Malfoy. Although new to the wizarding world, Hall has previously appeared on Broadway in productions of Farinelli and the King and King Charles III.


Lucas Hall as Draco Malfoy


Steiger has a number of theater credits to his name, including a national tour of the family musical Skippy John Jones; Snow What?!  and he is also a producer and host of the podcast Not Yet Famous. Before joining the San Francisco cast, Steiger was an usher at the Lyric Theatre, home of the Broadway production of Cursed Child!


Jon Steiger as Scorpius Malfoy


Lucas Hall as Draco Malfoy and Jon Steiger as Scorpius Malfoy.


The excitement is building for the newest production of Cursed Child since even more fans will soon get the chance to see these new faces take on the next generation of the wizarding world.


From left to right: Folami Williams (Rose Granger-Weasley), Jon Steiger (Scorpius Malfoy), Benjamin Papac (Albus Potter)


Now that you’ve seen their character portraits, check out what some of the actors had to say about their characters in the video below.



Cursed Child will be onstage at the Curran Theatre in San Francisco. The show begins performances on October 23, 2019, and officially opens on December 1, 2019. Tickets are currently on sale for dates up to May 17, 2020, and can be purchased through the official Cursed Child website.

Press Release

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
reveals the first portraits of the San Francisco cast

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child begins preview performances on Wednesday, October 23, 2019, and the official opening is Sunday, December 1, 2019, at the Curran Theater [sic] (445 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102). Tickets are currently on sale through June 20, 2020, at HarryPotterOnStage.com or in-person at the Curran Theater [sic] box office. Prior to the start of performances, box office hours will be Tuesday through Saturday 12–8 p.m. (closed Sunday and Monday).

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 [sic]. Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a new play by Jack Thorne, directed by John Tiffany.

Receiving universal acclaim for its breathtaking magic and stage wizardry, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the most awarded play in theatre history, winning 25 major U.S. awards, including six Tony Awards with one of those for Best Play. It also won 24 major theatre awards in the U.K. and is the most awarded show in the history of Britain’s Olivier Awards, winning a record-breaking nine awards including Best New Play.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is now playing at the Palace Theatre in London, where it received its world premiere in July 2016; at the Lyric Theatre in New York, where it opened on Broadway in April 2018; and at the Princess Theatre in Melbourne, where it opened in February 2019. In addition to the U.S. West Coast premiere in San Francisco later this year, upcoming productions also include the German premiere, the first non-English[-]language production, at the Mehr! Theater am Großmarkt in Hamburg in [the] spring of 2020, and the sixth production of the smash[-]hit play will open at the Ed Mirvish Theatre in Toronto later that year.

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 the 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 features movement by Steven Hoggett, set by Christine Jones, costumes by Katrina Lindsay, music & arrangements by Imogen Heap, lighting by Neil Austin, sound by Gareth Fry, illusions & magic by Jamie Harrison, [and] music supervision & arrangements by Martin Lowe. Casting by Jim Carnahan, CSA.

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


Booking Period
Tickets are currently on sale through June 20, 2020, at HarryPotterOnStage.com or in person at the Curran Theater [sic] box office. Prior to the start of performances, box office hours will be Tuesday through Saturday 12–8 p.m. (closed Sunday and Monday).

Ticket Prices
Tickets for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child range from $59 to $199 per part with premium seats available for all performances. Standard service fees apply.

Friday Forty
Every Friday at 1 p.m. PT, tickets for performances the following week will be made available to fans for some of the very best seats in the theater at $40 ($20 per [p]art). These tickets are known as the “Friday Forty” and will only be available via the official website, HarryPotterOnStage.com, TodayTix.com or the TodayTix App.

To win access to purchase the “Friday Forty” tickets, fans can enter via Today Tix [sic] from Monday 12:01 a.m. PT until Friday 1 p.m. PT for the following week’s performances. Winners will be notified each Friday between 1 p.m. PT and 5 p.m. PT.

TodayTix is an international ticketing platform on a mission to redefine the way people see theater. Through effortless access to the best shows, insightful guidance to the artistic landscape, and thoughtful service at each moment along the way, TodayTix enables culture loves [sic] to discover the best that their city has to offer.

Performance Schedule
Previews will begin with Part One on Wednesday, October 23, 2019, and Part Two on Thursday, October 24, 2019, and the Official Opening performances of Parts [sic] One and Part Two will be on Sunday, December 1, 2019.

The schedule for preview performances and some holiday weeks varies from the regular schedule.

From November 20, 2019, the regular performance schedule will be:
Monday – no performance
Tuesday – no performance
Wednesday – 2 p.m. Part One & 7:30 p.m. Part Two
Thursday – 7:30 p.m. Part One
Friday – 7:30 p.m. Part Two
Saturday – 2 p.m. Part One & 7:30 p.m. Part Two
Sunday – 1 p.m. Part One & 6:30 p.m. Part Two

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Lucy O'Shea

I was given a copy of Philosopher's Stone in 2001, and instantly, I was hooked. Since then, my passion for Potter has been equaled only by my passion for fair access to education (and watching motorsport). A spell I wish could exist in the Muggle world is the summoning charm because this Hufflepuff is not a "particularly good finder"!