According to a recent report by The New York Times, Jack Thorne, J.K. Rowling, and John Tiffany's original play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, has finally set an official Broadway premiere date. The incredibly popular production, which debuted at London's Palace Theatre on July 30, 2016, will make its U.S. debut at New York's Lyric Theatre On April 22, 2018.
The play's story takes place two years after the conclusion of the final Harry Potter novel, The Deathly Hallows, and focuses on an adult Harry Potter as he struggles with his past while simutaneously raising three school-aged children. The plot thickens when Harry's youngest son, Albus, begins to struggle with the immense weight of his father's wizarding legacy.
The Cursed Child's script was written by Jack Thorne, who also wrote the play The Solid Life of Sugar Water (2015) and a stage adaptation of Let the Right One In (2013). Thorne has also written for numerous television shows including Skins and Shameless.
During its run in London, The Cursed Child cleaned up on the awards circuit, winning 21 of the 29 awards it was nominated for, including Lawrence Olivier Awards for Best New Play, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Costume Design, Best Stage Design, and Outstanding Achievement in Music.
Just as it had in London, The Cursed Child will premiere on Broadway in two parts, which will be available either over the course of two days or in a single "marathon" day. Although casting roles for each of the Harry Potter franchise's memorable characters has yet to be announced, we do know that John Tiffany will stay on to direct the play's American premiere.
In order to create a more intimate production, the Lyric Theatre will be undergoing a dramatic change in seating which will see 20 percent of the theaters seats removed. Tickets will go on sale this fall, so be sure to secure a limited seat for the productions highly-anticipated April 22, 2018 premiere before it's too late!