Earlier today, producers confirmed that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be reimagined into a one-part play. Originally a two-part epic, this production will be transformed into a spectacular singular performance. The original two-parter will continue to perform until March 2022. After that, Broadway’s new version of the play will make its Australian premiere at the Princess Theatre in May 2022.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Next year, audiences will be able to go on the same Harry Potter journey without worrying about coordinating tickets over two nights. Set 19 years after the books, a whole new generation of young wizards take the stage and go on a phenomenal adventure.
The new one-part play will make its world premiere on Broadway in November 2021. San Francisco and Toronto will also returned to the stage with this new production. Meanwhile, both London and Germany productions will continue with the original two-part format.
“We are incredibly excited that our reimagined production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will open in Melbourne at the Princess Theatre next year,” said producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender.
“After exploring a single show experience for North American audiences, it became clear that this new version of our glorious play should be presented for our audiences in Melbourne later next year. The production is set around the same powerful narrative, while delivering all the amazing illusions, stagecraft, and storytelling that have captivated audiences and critics alike.”
Original playwright Jack Thorne and director John Tiffany both found reworking the story to be an illuminating process.
“Revisiting the play has been an illuminating process of rediscovery,” they said. “We challenged ourselves to find a new way to distill our story in the simplest and most truthful way possible. And together with Steven Hoggett’s enchanting movement, Jamie Harrison’s astonishing illusions and the entire creative team’s shared belief in the magic of pure theatre – we hope to have achieved just that.”
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has been seen by millions of people worldwide. It holds nine Laurence Olivier Awards, including Best New Play, and six Tony Awards.
After months of lockdown, this new one-parter will be like a phoenix rising from the ashes.
“The support for the Australian production of Cursed Child since its premiere in 2019, has been overwhelming,” said show producers. “The continued backing from our patrons, who have often had to rebook multiple times over the past 18 months has inspired us as theatre makers to ensure we can continue to bring magic and entertain audiences.”
The original two-parter will end on March 27 in 2022.
The new one-part play will open at the Princess Theatre in May 2022.
Tickets for the new production will go on sale on Friday November 19. Sign up to the waitlist.