“Cursed Child” Breaks Box Office Record in San Francisco

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is used to breaking records, and the San Francisco production just added another accolade to the show’s résumé. The West Coast production, which officially opened at San Francisco’s Curran Theatre on December 1, set a new record at the end of the year. The show grossed over $2 million for the week ending on December 29, which means it now has the distinction of holding the record for highest weekly gross of a play in San Francisco history.

Reviews of the San Francisco production praise the “stellar” acting, particularly Benjamin Papac and Jon Steiger as Albus and Scorpius, respectively. MuggleNet’s own review applauded the two, in addition to John Skelley as Harry. American Potter fans now have the chance to see two versions of this spectacular show.

The Broadway production of Cursed Child also had a successful final week of 2019, grossing $2,049,310. The show has been running in New York City for almost two years and shows no signs of slowing down. The Lyric Theatre’s Cursed Child is still the best-selling play in Broadway history, and as of the end of 2019, the show had grossed a total of $163,017,626.

The West End production of the show also had an exciting year, being voted Best Play of the Decade by LondonTheatre.co.uk fans. The show was up against quite a few other plays, including The Ferryman, One Man, Two Guvnors, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, and The Inheritance.

Fans can currently see Cursed Child in London, New York City, San Francisco, and Melbourne. Hamburg’s show begins next month, and the Toronto production will open in the fall. You can purchase tickets to any production of the show on the Cursed Child website (except Toronto, but you can sign up for the newsletter).

Press Release



BROADWAY: $2,049,310
SAN FRANCISCO: $2,096,686


$163,017,626* TO DATE

*(as of 12-29-2019)

After opening on December 1, 2019, to critical acclaim, the exclusive West Coast production of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has set the record for the highest-grossing week for a play in San Francisco history. For the week ending Sunday, December 29, 2019, the production grossed over $2,096,685.50

At the Lyric Theatre on Broadway, the only other place you can see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in the US, the production reported weekly sales of $2,049,310 for the week ending December 29. The Broadway production is the best[-]selling straight play in Broadway history, having grossed $163,017,626 to date.

The West Coast production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has been praised for its “dazzling stage magic” (Bay Area News Group), with San Francisco Chronicle raving, “the magic of Harry Potter burns brightly on stage [sic].” Hailed as “stunning…a time-turning, mind-bending adventure” (San Francisco Examiner) and “jaw-dropping” (SFist), the San Francisco production is one of only two destinations in the United States where fans can see the eighth story in the Harry Potter series.

Tickets for the West Coast production are on sale through July 12, 2020, at HarryPotterOnStage.com and in-person [sic] at the Curran Theater [sic] box office. Fans are also able to access some of the best seats for $40 ($20 per [p]art) via the “Friday Forty” ticket lottery through the official website, TodayTix.com or the TodayTix App.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is 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.

The San Francisco cast of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child includes John Skelley as Harry Potter, Angela Reed as Ginny Potter, and Benjamin Papac as their son Albus Potter; David Abeles as Ron Weasley, Yanna McIntosh as Hermione Granger, and Folami Williams as their daughter, Rose Granger-Weasley; [and] Lucas Hall as Draco Malfoy and Jon Steiger as his son, Scorpius Malfoy.

They are joined by Theo Allyn, William Bednar-Carter, Natalia Bingham, Ebony Blake, Melanie Brezill, Shannon Cochran, Elijah Cooper, Irving Dyson Jr., Kita Grayson, Logan James Hall, Abbi Hawk, Corey Hedy, Tyler Patrick Hennessy, Kyle Hines, Nathan Hosner, Nicholas Hyland, Charles Janasz, Katherine Leask, Joel Leffert, Andrew Long, Lily Mojekwu, Emily Juliette Murphy, Steve O'Connell, Erik Evan Olson, Christian Pedersen, Julian Rozzell, Jr., Natalie Adele Schroeder, Tuck Sweeney, Geoffrey Wade, Lauren Zakrin, and Brittany Zeinstra playing a variety of characters.

Ms. McIntosh and Ms. Murphy are appearing with the support of Actors’ Equity Association. The producers gratefully acknowledge Actors’ Equity Association for its assistance to this production.

Consistently smashing box office records around the world, [i]n addition to the U.S. West Coast production in San Francisco, 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. 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 July 12, 2020, at HarryPotterOnStage.com and in person at the Curran Theater [sic] box office. The box office hours are Tuesday through Saturday 12–8 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.–7 p.m. (closed 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 are 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 are 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
The regular performance schedule is:
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

The schedule for some holiday weeks varies from the regular schedule.

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Gretchen Roesch

I once knew every word to the "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" movie. Now I use my Ravenclaw brain power to manage the MuggleNet News Team, write articles, and podcast about "Harry Potter". Outside of the site, I'm a long-distance runner, social worker, and baker. I hope to one day pay off my student loans.

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