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.
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.
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!
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.