UPDATED: North American Productions of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” Returning as One-Part Shows

A turn of events has just reached us here at MuggleNet about the future of a few Harry Potter and the Cursed Child productions. It’s been announced that the three North American productions, in New York, San Francisco, and Toronto, have been altered to give audiences a single-part show instead of two.

This comes after weeks of wondering and pondering after rumors of changes swarmed the Internet. A press release was issued earlier today explaining the newly reimagined concept.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child originally cast a spell over the world as an epic two-part event. Now, the show has been boldly restaged as one singular performance by the award-winning creative team for its return to North America. With just one ticket in hand, audiences will enjoy all the adventure the continuation of Harry’s story entails in one magical afternoon or evening.

 

New changes are coming to "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child".

 

Productions in New York; San Francisco, California; and Toronto, Canada, are the only shows being altered in this way. The biggest, and probably only, cause for such drastic changes is the extensive lockdown caused by the COVID pandemic. Since early last year, plays all over the world have been halted, bringing new challenges to production creators and theatergoers as more and more communal settings start opening to the public. But the newly redesigned concept of Cursed Child allows fans to once again enter theater doors and enjoy a night of magic. Creators Jack Thorne, John Tiffany, Sonia Friedman, and Colin Callender all expressed their gratitude for being able to reintroduce the story in this fashion.

Though the global shutdowns were awful and devastating on so many levels, they afforded us, as theatre-makers, the rare opportunity to reunite with our award-winning creative team, who fully embraced the challenge of creating a new single[-]part version of the play that would be a compelling theatrical experience in its own right and stand shoulder to shoulder with the original two-part version. It’s been the most wonderful process of rediscovery to bring this new spectacle to life while still delivering all the amazing magic, illusions, stagecraft, and storytelling set around the same powerful narrative, that has enthralled audiences and critics alike.

It is unclear at this time what this change means for the story of Cursed Child. Odds are, a traditional one-show play means cutting scenes from the original format in order to keep a reasonable running time.

Opening days for all three North American productions were also announced with the new changes. Broadway’s Lyric Theatre in New York will continue shows starting on November 16, 2021. The Curran Theatre in San Francisco, California, will continue shows starting on January 11, 2022. The Ed Mirvish Theatre in Toronto, Canada, will begin shows starting sometime in May 2022. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on July 12 for New York and July 21 for San Francisco. Dates for ticket sales in Toronto will be announced at a later time. More information around these changes, ticket sales, and presale access can be found online at HarryPotterOnStage.com.

What kind of changes do you think the new play will introduce? How will a single show alter the story, or more importantly, the canon, of Cursed Child? Let us know your thoughts!

Press Release

It’s Time to Believe in Magic Again!

HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD
Resumes Performances in North America
In Newly Staged, One[-]Show Magical Adventure

Broadway – November 16, 2021
San Francisco – January 11, 2022
Toronto – May 2022

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the world’s most award-winning play, will return to North America as a newly staged, one[-]show magical experience. Performances of this world premiere theatrical event begin at Broadway’s Lyric Theatre in New York on November 16, 2021, and at the Curran in San Francisco on January 11, 2022. The Canadian premiere in Toronto will begin performances in May 2022 at the Ed Mirvish Theatre.

Broadway tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday, July 12, 2021. San Francisco tickets go on sale Wednesday, July 21. For more information and to sign up for pre-sale access, please visit HarryPotterOnStage.com. On[-]sale dates for the Canadian premiere are to be announced.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child originally cast a spell over the world as an epic two-part event. Now, the show has been boldly restaged as one singular performance by the award-winning creative team for its return to North America. With just one ticket in hand, audiences will enjoy all the adventure the continuation of Harry's story entails in one magical afternoon or evening.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the first Harry Potter story to be presented on stage, has been seen by over 4.5 million people worldwide and holds a record 60 major honors, with nine Laurence Olivier Awards, including Best New Play, and six Tony Awards, including Best New Play.

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

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. US Casting by Jim Carnahan, CSA.

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

Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender said: “We are delighted to announce that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which since its triumphant opening in New York and San Francisco has seen record[-]breaking numbers of people spellbound by the wizardry on stage, will be returning in North America in a new, re-imagined version that audiences can see in one afternoon or evening.

["]This is an unprecedented moment in theatre history. After being closed for more than 15 months, almost all of Broadway and theatre across North America will return before the end of the year. Given the challenges of remounting and running a two-part show in the US on the scale of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and the commercial challenges faced by the theatre and tourism industries emerging from the global shutdowns, we are excited to be able to move forward with a new version of the play that allows audiences to enjoy the complete Cursed Child adventure in one sitting eight times a week.

["]Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is already the longest-running two-part play in Broadway history. The new version of the play has the potential to thrill audiences for many years to come.

["]Though the global shutdowns were awful and devastating on so many levels, they afforded us, as theatre-makers, the rare opportunity to reunite with our award-winning creative team, who fully embraced the challenge of creating a new single[-]part version of the play that would be a compelling theatrical experience in its own right and stand shoulder to shoulder with the original two-part version. It’s been the most wonderful process of rediscovery to bring this new spectacle to life while still delivering all the amazing magic, illusions, stagecraft, and storytelling set around the same powerful narrative that has enthralled audiences and critics alike.

["]Bringing Harry Potter to the stage to cast its spell on audiences in North America has been an extraordinary journey. We want to thank our creative team, associates, cast, crew, and all those who have tirelessly worked on the production for their unflagging support and commitment as we embark on the next leg of our journey.

["]Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a story about community, family, and the power of friendship, a story that reminds us that together and united we have the strength to overcome all odds. It’s a story of our time, and we can’t wait to share this new version of our play with our amazing audiences in North America. We’ve missed you enormously and look forward to welcoming you back to Hogwarts. That’s the magic of the theatre—It’s every bit as alive as the portraits hanging on Hogwarts’ walls. Because for all of us… it’s time to believe in magic again.”

Jack Thorne and John Tiffany said: “We are incredibly excited to be returning to the US with this reimagined Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. We've been working hard on this new version throughout lockdown, and it's been a joyous process of rediscovery. It has given us a unique opportunity to look at the play with fresh eyes, and we have been inspired by the entire creative team every step of the way.”

J.K. Rowling said: “Collaborating on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has been one of the great joys of my professional life. While no one would wish for what has happened over the last year, it has given Jack, John and the first-class creatives who first breathed life into the production the opportunity to revisit the play and to find a new way to frame our story — with amazing illusions and some exquisite new staging— all the while keeping our original story intact. I’m so proud to be associated with this new, reimagined version and to be able to welcome back audiences to the Lyric, Curran and Ed Mirvish theatres.”

Productions of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in Melbourne, Australia (now playing), London’s West End (currently scheduled for October 14, 2021) and Hamburg, Germany (returning for previews on December 1, 2021), will continue in the original two-part format.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is one of the most defining pop culture events of the decade” (Forbes).

19 years after Harry, Ron and Hermione saved the wizarding world, they’re back on a most extraordinary new adventure – this time, joined by a brave new generation that has only just arrived at the legendary Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Prepare for spectacular spells, a mind-blowing race through time, and an epic battle to stop mysterious forces, all while the future hangs in the balance.

The entire theatre has been transformed to immerse you in this one-of-a-kind experience packed with “thrilling theatricality and pulse-pounding storytelling” (The Hollywood Reporter). It will leave you “audibly wowed, cheering and gasping” (The Telegraph), as “visions of pure enchantment send shivers down your spine” (Rolling Stone). “You’ll be wondering ‘how’d they do that?’ for days to come” (People Magazine).

Do hold on to the edge of your seat, as this spellbinding spectacular will whisk you back to Hogwarts and beyond your imagination for a one-of-a-kind journey that is everything you hoped for and more.

Health and safety protocols for the theater going [sic] experience will be announced closer to the start of performances. We will be adjusting to all industry and government guidance to keep our audiences and company safe.


UPDATE (July 12):

The Broadway production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has moved its reopening date up by four days to November 12, 2021. Tickets are on sale as of today.

 

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