“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” to Be Performed at High Schools in 2024
Get ready, Potterheads! Since Harry Potter and the Cursed Child opened in London in 2016, the play has evolved to be shown in new locations for fans to enjoy in different parts of the world. Now, Cursed Child is set to begin production by high school students in both the United Kingdom and the United States, starting in spring 2024. Shortly after, Cursed Child will be opened up to schools across the globe, and after that, it will be available for amateur productions.
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The producers – Sonia Friedman Productions, Colin Callender, and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions – partnered to create a newer take on Cursed Child. Of course, the show will require changes to the high-budget areas of the play so schools can keep the action going while not spending too much money on sets and costumes. The same show we have all grown to love will now be seen by a younger audience in a more cost-friendly way.
Those who live far away from the cities where Cursed Child has been performed can now experience the magic for the first time. The school version of Cursed Child will also have an even shorter runtime than the three-hour-and-30-minute one-part show that is now playing in New York and other cities, which in turn was adapted from its previous two-part version that is still playing in London. This will keep younger fans interested longer.
Cursed Child is based on the events taking place after the ending of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. It shows Harry’s son Albus as a new student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and his friend, Scorpius, who is the son of Draco Malfoy. The two experience their first years at school together.
The show has been especially active in both London and New York and has gained attention from both locals and fans traveling across the globe. The show has sold over six million tickets and has won nine Olivier Awards and six Tony Awards. Director John Tiffany discussed how the show could be performed with a reduced budget.
When I was developing ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ with the creative team, one of our founding principles was that the magic, illusions and special effects should have their roots in storytelling techniques that could be achieved when playing at home or in school. This might involve borrowing your teacher’s winter coat to act out the effects of taking Polyjuice Potion, or raiding the loft for suitcases to create the Hogwarts Express. So opening the world of ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ up to schools is thrilling and feels like the natural next step in our journey.
It is exciting for not only fans but students in general who have the freedom to enjoy this award-winning show in a school setting. If you’d like to perform it in your school, visit the Cursed Child licensing website.