Harry Potter Stage Show Producers Warn Scalpers That Resold Tix Will Not Fly

News   Harry Potter Stage Show Producers Warn Scalpers That Resold Tix Will Not Fly Producers of the upcoming London stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I & II are warning ticket buyers that they will not accept any ticket they find has been resold. Following news that the first two blocks of tickets, which went on sale Oct. 28, had virtually sold out, scalpers reportedly were getting up to £3,000 for the £130 ducats (covering both parts), according to the London Express.

A third block of tickets, extending into 2017 is now on sale.

The producers quickly tweeted, "Please do not attempt to resell your tickets on alternative platforms, as patrons will not be admitted into the theatre."

 

Early on Oct. 28, the same producer announced that the first three-month block of tickets had sold out within hours, and they put a second block on sale. As of 7 PM London time, they announced that an "unprecedented" 175,000 tickets of a four-month second block for the story of English witches and wizards had also flown out of the box office, as if astride a Nimbus 2000 broom.

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All tickets for the first booking period (June 7-Sept. 19, 2016) were sold before noon at HarryPotterthePlay.com. As a result, producer Sonia Friedman put on sale seats for the second booking period, through Jan. 8, 2017, to those who registered for priority booking.

Friedman's office issued the statement, "At 7 PM this evening over 175,000 tickets had been sold for the play, which is unprecedented for a theatre production. On Friday (30 October 2015), when general booking opens, to ensure customers are given the best possible chance to obtain tickets the producers will be opening up an additional booking period, details of which will be announced in the next 24 hours."

The third block of tickets, went on sale early Oct. 29. Producers tweeted the following:

 

Tickets — if any are left — are scheduled to go on general sale starting Oct. 30, as reported here.

Described as one play being presented in two parts, the show is being sold initially as a pair only, so the investment required from theatregoers will be up to £130 for the two shows — a new record for non-premium prices for a play in the West End.

Jack Thorne, J.K._Rowling and John Tiffany
Jack Thorne, J.K._Rowling and John Tiffany Photo by Debra Hurford Brown

Intended to be seen as a complete double bill — with double days on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, and each part presented alone on Thursday and Friday evenings — tickets will be released for single-performance sales at a later date.

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has a script by Thorne. Previews will begin June 7, 2016, at the Palace Theatre in London's West End. In addition four special preview performances are planned for the end of May 2016. Details of where and how to obtain these tickets will be announced at a later date. The official openings of Part One and Part Two are scheduled for July 30, 2016.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. Production notes describe the plot thus: "It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places."

John Tiffany will direct, 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, special effects by Jeremy Chernick, illusions by Jamie Harrison and musical supervision by Martin Lowe.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is being produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, Colin Callender’s Playground Entertainment and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions.

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