Starting where the seventh book left off, this eighth new story is set 19 years later, and will be staged in two parts, as previously announced here.
Reduced price previews will begin late May 2016 at the Palace Theatre, with tickets on sale for performances from June 7, prior to an official opening July 30, with tickets for the first 16 weeks of performances only being released initially in the first booking period.
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During previews, tickets will start at £10 for each part, with 250 tickets for each part available at £15 or less. Post opening, tickets will start at £15 for each part, with 250 tickets for each part available at £20 or less. There will also be a reduced price lottery ticket for every performance.
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. According to press materials, the story set-up is 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." In a press statement, J.K. Rowling commented, "The story only exists because the right group of people came together with a brilliant idea about how to present Harry Potter on stage. I'm confident that when audiences see 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' they will understand why we chose to tell this story in this way."
In a joint statement from Rowling, Jack Thorne (writer) and John Tiffany (director), they commented, "It is very exciting to explore Harry's world in a brand new way through the live form of theatre. Collaborating on this story is exhilarating for all of us and we can't wait to present the eighth story at the Palace Theatre next summer."
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is one play presented in two parts. Both parts are intended to be seen in order on the same day (matinee and evening), or on two consecutive evenings. There will be double-bill days of both parts on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, with Part One alone on Thursday evenings and Part Two alone on Friday evenings.
For the initial on-sale period, one ticket will automatically secure the same seat for both Part One and Part Two on the same day. For subsequent booking periods, tickets for Wednesday matinee and Wednesday evening performances can be bought together or separately. Details of when Saturday and Sunday performances of Part One and Part Two can be bought separately will be announced at a later date. On Thursdays there will be an evening performance of Part One and on Fridays an evening performance of Part Two. On those days tickets to each part can be bought together or separately.
In addition to the initial release of preview tickets from June 7, four further preview performances are planned for the end of May 2016, with details of where and how to obtain these tickets to be announced at a later date.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, Colin Callender's Playground Entertainment and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions.
In a press statement, Friedman and Callender commented, "We are very proud to have assembled some of the finest creative talent working in the theatre today to bring to the stage this epic story of love, courage, adventure and the power of the imagination from J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World. With reduced preview tickets starting at £10 per part, regular tickets starting at £15 per part and the weekly and daily lotteries we have set out to make the play accessible to the widest theatre going audience."
Movement is by Steven Hoggett with 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.
For further details and booking information, visit HarryPotterthePlay.com.