Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

It was always difficult being Harry Potter, and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

– Pottermore

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a theatrical play with an entirely original story as a collaboration between J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany. The play is presented in two parts, though it is all one story. The two parts are intended to be watched in order, either on the same day or within two consecutive days. Cursed Child‘s tagline is “The eighth story. Nineteen years later,” and the story starts where Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows ended. It follows the next generation of Hogwarts students, starring Harry’s son, Albus Severus Potter.

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West End Production (London)

The play premiered at the Palace Theater in London’s West End. The show began its preview performances on June 7, 2016 and opened on July 30, 2016, with Part One starting at 2:00 p.m. and Part Two at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets first went on sale on October 28, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. GMT for priority bookings. 175,000 tickets were sold in eight hours, an amount unprecedented for a theater production. Sales for the general public began on October 30, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. GMT. Currently, Cursed Child tickets are hard to come by, but every Friday at 1:00 p.m. GMT, 40 tickets are released for the following week for great seats at a great price, known as “The Friday Forty.”

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Broadway Production (New York)

A Broadway production of the play will premiere at the Lyric Theater on New York City’s Broadway. The first preview performance will start on March 16, 2018 and the official opening day will be Sunday, April 22, 2018. The play will continue to be in the same format, in two parts, for its Broadway performances.

Registration for ticket access opened at 10:00 a.m. ET on October 1, 2017 and closed at 10:00 a.m. ET on October 5, 2017. Tickets went on sale on October 18, 2017.

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East End Production (Melbourne)

On October 23, 2017, the surprising announcement of a third city to host Cursed Child was announced. Melbourne, Australia’s Princess Theater will begin the production run in early 2019. Director John Tiffany will travel to Melbourne in early 2018 to begin the auditioning process.

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