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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the West End stage play which tells the eighth story in the Harry Potter series, is on its way to New York with plans to open at Broadway’s Lyric Theatre in the spring of 2018.
The show’s producers are in exclusive talks with Ambassador Theatre Group to have the Lyric Theatre play host to the expansive show after a multi-million dollar renovation to the house. Among the details that ticket-buyers ought to know: The theatre’s 1,900 seats will be reduced to approximately 1,500.
Veteran stage producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender, who are behind the project, offered statements on the extent of the discussions to transfer the show, which opened earlier this summer in London:
“We are thrilled about ATG’s ambitious plans which will provide a once in a lifetime opportunity to create a unique theatre space tailored to the specific needs of the production over the play’s two parts. The remodeled Lyric will include a smaller auditorium redesigned to the specifications of the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child team, as well as an adapted proscenium and stage that can house designer Christine Jones’ glorious set without swamping or compromising director John Tiffany’s brilliant staging. The spacious front of house environment will also be transformed to optimize the atmosphere and audience experience. But above all, ATG’s plans will provide Harry Potter and the Cursed Child with a bespoke home that will be intimate enough for a drama, yet big enough for us to deliver on our commitment to provide audiences with access to low priced tickets throughout the auditorium.”
In a press statement, J.K. Rowling said, “I’m delighted we are one step closer in bringing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child to Broadway and very excited by the proposed plans.”
Cursed Child premiered on July 30, 2016 at London’s Palace Theatre. The show is presented in two parts and tells the story of an adult Harry Potter, now 19 years older and father to three school-age children including Albus, whose resistance to his father’s fame begins to manifest itself in dark ways. Developments at Hogwarts and in the wizarding world continue to put strain on their relationship, until a misguided use of magic sends them both scrambling to right their wrongs before time, quite literally, runs out.