For over 20 years, fans of all ages have been drawn to the books and movies of the Harry Potter series. From the moment the world was introduced to the boy with a lightning bolt scar on his forehead, people cracked open the first chapters of a literary series that sparked a global phenomenon.
Harry Potter addicts didn’t want to say goodbye. Luckily, they didn’t have to. When producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender pitched the idea of a stage production that would pick up where the epilogue of the last book left off, Rowling was intrigued. She was interested in exploring a new story that followed Harry, the boy who grew up with no parents, as he journeyed through fatherhood. Rowling began working with Friedman, Callender, director John Tiffany and playwright Jack Thorne to craft what became the continuation of the Harry Potter story.
With a story line by Rowling, Thorne and Tiffany, the play HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD debuted at the Palace Theater in London in 2016, presented in two parts to universal acclaim. It wasn’t long before American audiences, hungry for HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD to land on Broadway, had their wishes granted.
HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD opened on Broadway in April 2018 at the Lyric Theatre, and is now the most awarded play in theatre history with 24 major UK theatre awards and 25 major U.S. awards, including six Tony Awards (Best Play).
Now, the popular play makes its way to the West Coast this fall. Producers Friedman and Callender announced that performances for the exclusive West Coast production of HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD will begin on Wednesday, October 23, 2019, right here at the Curran.
What can West Coast audiences expect from HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD? As famous spells are performed live with the use of real theater magic, audiences will journey alongside the characters as they encounter many of the beloved individuals and settings from the Harry Potter series.
Unfolding over two parts, the play opens on Platform 9¾, where we last saw Harry and his family at the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Bidding goodbye to his second child, Albus, who is on his way to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for the first time, Harry is navigating his life as a parent and world-famous wizard working for the Ministry of Magic. But the dangerous events that marked Harry’s youth aren’t quite over yet. Many beloved characters are back, including Ron, Hermione and Ginny, as well as the not-so-beloved Draco Malfoy. But the new generation of wizards takes center stage for many memorable moments, with Albus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy, Draco’s son, falling into new adventure that could have lasting effects for Harry and the entire wizarding world. HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD is a triumph of the stage and a wonderful new way to experience the wizarding world like never before.
HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD begins previews on October 23, 2019 with an official opening set for December 1, 2019. Tickets are on sale now. Grab your ticket and join us at the Curran for this historical event!