Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two officially opens July 30, but Daniel Radcliffe won’t be there. He’s busy starring in the Off-Broadway production of Privacy at the Public Theater, but says he’s very curious to learn more about the eighth installment in the famed series by J.K. Rowling.
“I did not [see it], no,” Radcliffe told Playbill.com in an interview for Privacy. “I’ve been here the whole time. Honestly, I’m not sure if I’ll be going in the immediate future. I sent flowers for their first preview, but I haven’t been yet just because… I’ll try and let some of the furor die down around it, but I do want to see it because apparently there’s some big secret that we’ve all got to go and see it to find out because everyone is being very good at keeping it.
“I know pretty much nothing about it. I mean, I’m very curious… People seem so excited about it. I’m curious to find out what it’s about, but, yeah, I know nothing about it.”
The play, which runs four hours and must be seen over the course of two performances, is presented in two parts. The production stars Jamie Parker as Harry Potter with Noma Dumezweni as Hermione and Paul Thornley as Ron. The story follows the future of the familiar Harry Potter teens, now as adults.
As for more stage work for Radcliffe, specifically musicals, he said, “The thing I learned through doing a musical is that you really have to love whatever musical you’re doing. How to Succeed was one of the best and most fun years of my life. I made more friends off that job than I have off anything else. Second only to Potter. So I definitely want to do it again, but it’s really hard work. It’s the hardest work I think you can probably do as an actor—doing musical theatre. Also, it’s a longer time commitment. It would have to be the right thing. I’m always on the lookout for it, but I haven’t found the next musical yet.”