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Magic will be made on Broadway again when the “Harry Potter” play returns later this year.
The critically acclaimed “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” — based on an original new story about author J.K. Rowling’s iconic boy wizard — has been restaged as a newly-staged, one show theatrical event scheduled to make its world premiere at the Lyric Theater in New York City in Nov. 16.
The world’s most award-winning play made history as the most expensive Broadway nonmusical play ever when it debuted in the spring of 2018 as an epic two-part event (consisting of two, nearly three-hour shows).
Still taking place 19 years after Harry, Ron and Hermione saved the wizarding world, the show’s co-creators Jack Thorne and John Tiffany said they worked hard on the new version throughout lockdown and described it as “a joyous process of rediscovery.”
The time offstage, they added “has given us a unique opportunity to look at the play with fresh eyes and we have been inspired by the entire creative team every step of the way.”
Seen by more than 4.5 million people worldwide and holding a record 60 major honors, with nine Laurence Olivier Awards and six Tony Awards (including best new play), “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” was already considered the longest-running two-part play in Broadway history.
The play is also scheduled to be performed at the Curran in San Francisco starting Jan. 11, 2022, with the Canadian premiere in Toronto beginning performances in May 2022 at the Ed Mirvish Theatre.
“Collaborating on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has been one of the great joys of my professional life,” Rowling said. “While no one would wish for what has happened over the last year, it has given Jack, John and the first-class creatives who first breathed life into the production the opportunity to revisit the play, and to find a new way to frame our story — with amazing illusions and some exquisite new staging — all the while keeping our original story intact. I’m so proud to be associated with this new, reimagined version, and to be able to welcome back audiences to the Lyric, Curran and Ed Mirvish theatres.”