Fans of Harry Potter won’t have to wait much longer to see the latest installment in the series, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The play, based on an original story written by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany, has been considered by many to be the eighth installment in the beloved Harry Potter series.
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.
The play, which premiered in July 2016 at the Palace Theatre in London, was met with some controversy concerning the casting of Hermione Granger, as well as inconsistencies in accordance with other works of the Harry Potter series. Although the play was very well received in terms of its theatrical performance, winning 22 major awards in the UK, including prestigious 9 Olivier Awards—including Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Director, Best New Play and, well, you get the point—many fans were disappointed in the companion screenplay that was released and marketed in such a way that many believed it to be a new novel.
Despite overall mixed reviews, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has been noticed as a critically acclaimed play. Furthermore, the published screenplay was one of the most pre-ordered books of 2016 and won the Goodreads Choice Award for Fantasy.
Fans outside of the UK have been looking forward to the chance to see the play, a dream that will finally be coming true for some, as Cursed Child is set to premiere on Broadway in 2018. According to the play’s official website, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is set to open at the newly renovated Lyric Theater in New York City on Sunday, April 22, 2018.
Many members of the original London cast will be reprising their roles including: Jamie Parker (Harry Potter), Noma Dumezweni (Hermione Granger), Paul Thornley (Ron Weasley), Poppy Miller (Ginny Potter), Sam Clemmett (Albus Potter), Alex Price (Draco Malfoy) and Anthony Boyle (Scorpius Malfoy).
For those who are interested in seeing Harry Potter and Cursed Child come to life, registration for ticket access will open on October 1, 2017. Tickets for the Broadway showings will go on sale on October 12. Though be aware, tickets may sell out fast, if the London performances are any indication.
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As someone who has been wary about picking up the screenplay in favor of seeing an actual performance, it’s exciting to know that the possibility of seeing it is actually (somewhat) reasonable. If anything, the reception that the play receives in the US might finally push me to pick up a copy of the screenplay.