“Cursed Child” Broadway Announces Return of the “Friday Forty” in Advance of First Preview Performance

One of the best parts about the world opening back up is the return of theater. There’s nothing quite as magical, and we’ve been thrilled to see several productions of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child announcing show dates recently. Now, Broadway has announced that in advance of its first preview performance, it’s bringing back the famous “Friday Forty.”

You can now enter for your chance to get $40 tickets in advance of the first preview performance on November 12. If you’re not familiar with the Friday Forty, the concept is pretty simple: A limited number of $40 tickets are released for purchase every Friday at 1:00 p.m. ET for the performance the following week. If you’re eager to get your hands on these tickets, you can still enter the draw, which will take place on November 5.

As avid fans will already know, the Broadway production of Cursed Child is now a single-part performance instead of the two-part performances that used to be the norm. The preview performances will start at New York’s Lyric Theatre on November 12, and fans can look forward to the official opening night, which has been set for Tuesday, December 7. The single-show experience will also begin previews in San Francisco at the Curran on January 11, 2022, and in Toronto, Canada, at the Ed Mirvish Theatre on May 31, 2022. The TBS Akasaka ACT Theater in Tokyo will see the single-part show starting on July 8, 2022. In London, the original two-part play has already resumed at the Palace Theatre, and those living in Melbourne, Australia, can look forward to Cursed Child returning to the Princess Theatre on November 18. Fans in Hamburg can enjoy the show at the Mehr! Theater on December 1. More information about show schedules can be found here.

If you’re ready to try your luck with the Friday Forty, you can head to TodayTix.com to enter the draw. Make sure to enter before 1:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, November 5. Regular tickets can be purchased here, or you can head to the Lyric Theatre Box Office from Monday to Saturday between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Are you excited to dive back into the magical world of Cursed Child? Let us know in the comments.

Press Release

Announces Return of the “Friday Forty” on November 5th
In Advance of First Preview Performance on November 12th

Opening Night for Reimagined Production Set for December 7th
Broadway’s Lyric Theatre

The Broadway production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has announced the return of the popular “Friday Forty,” where every Friday at 1:00 PM ET the show will release a limited number of $40 tickets for every performance the following week. Entries begin on Monday, November 1st, at 12:01 PM ET with the drawing taking place on Friday, November 5th, for the next week of performances.

Preview performances for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which returns to Broadway as a newly staged, single magical experience, start at the Lyric Theatre in New York on Friday, November 12th, with the new opening night now set for Tuesday, December 7th.

“Friday Forty” are only available through TodayTix.com and the TodayTix app, available for download in the App Store and the Google Play store. For more information, visit TodayTix.com. Entries will be accepted via TodayTix each Monday from 12:01 AM ET until Friday 1:00 PM ET for the following week’s performances. Winners will be notified between 1:00 PM ET and 5:00 PM ET on Friday.

Winners pay $40 per person and can purchase a maximum of two tickets. Winners can pick-up [sic] tickets at the box office on the day of their performance.

To ensure that as many people as possible have the chance to access these low-price tickets, they are only available to buy via the [sic] TodayTix.com or the TodayTix [a]pp. It is not possible to purchase these tickets in person at the Lyric Theatre or anywhere else.

Regular tickets can be purchased at www.HarryPotterBroadway.com and at the Lyric Theatre Box Office (214 W. 43rd St.) from Monday to Saturday, 10 am-6 pm.

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 and the world’s most awarded new play, 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.

The cast of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child includes James Snyder as Harry Potter [and] Diane Davis as Ginny Potter alongside James Romney as their son Albus Potter; David Abeles as Ron Weasley, Jenny Jules as Hermione Granger and Nadia Brown as their daughter, Rose Granger-Weasley; and Aaron Bartz as Draco Malfoy and Brady Dalton Richards as his son, Scorpius Malfoy.

Also joining the cast are Oge Agulué, Kevin Rico Angulo, Chelsey Arce, Quinn Blades, Michela Cannon, Will Carlyon, Lauren Nicole Cipoletti, Judith Lightfoot Clarke, Ted Deasy, Kira Fath, Stephanie Gomérez, Steve Haggard, Ben Horner, Edward James Hyland, Jax Jackson, Jack Koenig, Spencer LaRue, Rachel Leslie, Sarita Amani Nash, Alexandra Peter, Dan Piering, Kevin Matthew Reyes, William Rhem, Antoinette Robinson, Stephen Spinella, Tom Stephens, Maya Thomas and Karen Janes Woditsch.

The original two-part play recently resumed performances in London at the Palace Theatre [and] returns in Melbourne at the Princess Theatre on November 18, 2021, and in Hamburg at the Mehr! Theater on December 1, 2021. The newly reimagined single[-]show experience will begin previews in San Francisco at the Curran on January 11, 2022, in Toronto at the Ed Mirvish Theatre on May 31, 2022, and in Tokyo at the TBS Akasaka ACT Theater on July 8, 2022. Details for all productions of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child can be found at www.HarryPotterOnStage.com.

"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.

For the latest health and safety protocols, please visit www.HarryPotterBroadway.com/safety.


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Marica Laing

Growing up, I was a massive fan of Harry Potter and my love for the stories grew as I got older. It’s no surprise then that I love writing about all things Potter related. When I’m not writing about all the magic, you’ll find me reading (probably something Harry Potter related), listening to music, or writing some songs.