Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the Tony and Olivier award-winning play by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, will host its official opening performance at San Francisco’s Curran Theater this weekend on December 1. The opening marks the official West Coast debut of the Harry Potter play.
Preview performances started October 23, and this weekend’s official opening will be marked by a red carpet premiere and special opening performances of Part One and Part Two of the play.
The San Francisco cast of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child includes John Skelley as Harry Potter, Angela Reed as Ginny Potter, and Benjamin Papac as their son Albus Potter; David Abeles as Ron Weasley, Yanna McIntosh as Hermione Granger, and Folami Williams as their daughter Rose Granger-Weasley; Lucas Hall as Draco Malfoy and Jon Steiger as his son Scorpius Malfoy.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a two-part production based on a new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany. It is the first Harry Potter story to be presented on stage, following on from the epilogue of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. It explores Harry Potter’s life as as a father and his son Albus Severus Potter’s experience at Hogwarts living in his shadow.
The run time for Part One is 2 hours and 40 minutes (including a 20 minute intermission) and Part Two is 2 hours and 35 minutes (including a 20 minute intermission). Tickets begin at $59 per part, available through June 20, 2020 online or at the Curran Theater box office, with a Friday Forty lottery open each week, giving access to some of the best seats at the theater for $20 per Part ($40 overall) via the official website HarryPotterOnStage.com, TodayTix.com, or the TodayTix App.
From the San Francisco production of ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’
Platform Nine and Three Quarters, from the San Francisco production of ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed … [+]
Produced by Sonia Friedman, Colin Callendar and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions, the play opened its very first performance on London’s West End in 2016, and is now the most awarded play in theatre history, with six Tony Awards and a record-breaking nine Olivier awards to its name.
Over the past year, Broadway sales have been declining with ‘abnormal’ timing and magnitude. Gradually declining demand is normal occurrence for large productions, but with Harry Potter and the Cursed Child already showing in London, New York, Melbourne, San Francisco and two more openings set for 2020 in Hamburg and Canada, it’s questionable whether the play will continue to expand further globally.
However, opening a new Harry Potter experience at international major cities known to be hubs for Harry Potter fans has proven a continued success for the touring exhibit, Harry Potter: The Exhibition. The exhibition shows off props and costumes from the Harry Potter movies, and is currently in Lisbon, Portugal. After a worldwide debut in Chicago in 2009, the exhibit has seen success in Boston, Toronto, Seattle, New York, Sydney, Singapore, Tokyo, Edmonton, Sweden, Cologne, Paris, Shanghai, Brussels, The Netherlands, Madrid, Milan, Berlin and Valencia. With the upcoming Hamburg production of Cursed Child being the first set to open in a non-English language, expansion is still a possibility if productions outside of the U.S. and U.K. prove successful, and if the current sales slump reverses.
Cursed Child will hold its official opening performances of Part One and Part Two of the play at San Francisco’s Curran Theater December 1.