Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a two-part West End stage play written by Jack Thorne based on an original story by J. K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Thorne. The play opened on 30 July 2016 at the Palace Theatre, London. The play is marketed as the eighth official story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage.
The play begins nineteen years after the events of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and follows Harry Potter, now a Ministry of Magic employee, and his younger son Albus Severus Potter. Albus struggles under the weight of his family’s legacy, and Harry’s attempts to reconcile with him are hampered by the past. The play focuses on Albus’s story, as he attempts to make his own mark on the wizarding world and find a way to save his family from their dark destinies.
The production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, Colin Callender and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions. John Tiffany is the director, with movement by Steven Hoggett, set designs by Christine Jones, costumes by Katrina Lindsay, music by Imogen Heap, lighting by Neil Austin, sound by Gareth Fry, and special effects by Jeremy Chernick.
The cast of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is made up of some of the most talented actors in the industry. Jamie Parker stars as Harry Potter, Noma Dumezweni as Hermione Granger, Paul Thornley as Ron Weasley, Poppy Miller as Ginny Potter, and Sam Clemmett as Albus Potter.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has been met with critical acclaim, with many critics praising its imaginative staging, complex plot, and emotional performances. It has won multiple awards, including nine Laurence Olivier Awards and six Tony Awards.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has become one of the most successful stage productions of all time, grossing over $1 billion worldwide. The production has been seen by over 8 million people and continues to run in London and New York, with productions in Australia and San Francisco in the works.
The success of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has led to the development of several spin-offs, including a film adaptation of the play, a prequel novel based on the play, and a new series of Harry Potter stage shows.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has become one of the most successful stage productions of all time, and its legacy will continue to live on through its many spin-offs and adaptations. With its imaginative staging, complex plot, and emotional performances, it has become an iconic part of the Harry Potter series and a beloved piece of theatre.