UPDATED: “Cursed Child” and “Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature” Affected by Temporary Closures Due to COVID
The COVID-19 pandemic isn’t over yet, and the current surge in cases around the world due to the Omicron variant has led to temporary closures for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in New York and Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature at the Natural History Museum in London.
The Broadway production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has had to cancel multiple performances due to breakthrough COVID-19 cases among those involved with the production, as noted in an article from Playbill. Cursed Child has had sporadic COVID-related closures across different productions, but the Broadway production was forced to cancel a performance on December 15 before going dark this past weekend. On both December 18 and December 19, performances of Cursed Child were canceled “out of an abundance of caution,” according to a statement posted by the production’s official social media accounts. The same statement noted that performances are expected to resume on Tuesday, December 21, at 7:00 p.m.
Similarly, across the Atlantic, London’s Natural History Museum has had to close temporarily due to staffing shortages caused by the pandemic, according to Reuters. The museum will be closed from December 21 through December 27, with plans to reopen on December 28. This means that those planning to visit Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature, housed at the museum, will not be able to do so. The website for Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature also notes the closure.
If you have tickets during this time, they will be cancelled and refunded. We apologise for the inconvenience and disappointment. We plan to reopen on Tuesday 28 December. The exhibition closes on 3 January 2022. There are a limited number of tickets available if you would like to book for 28 December – 3 January.
The statement goes on to provide contact information for those holding Gift Aid tickets.
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UPDATE (December 21):
The Broadway production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will not be resuming its performances as planned on December 21. A new update from the production has announced that the show will remain dark from Tuesday, December 21, through Monday, December 27.
Performances are now expected to resume on December 28, and those with affected tickets should contact their point of purchase.