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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is an original Harry Potter franchise play, authored by J. K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne.

Despite much assumption to the contrary, J. K. Rowling had insisted that the story of the play was not a prequel to the story of Harry Potter[2], and eventually revealed that the Cursed Child would follow Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. As such, she considers the story of the play to be part of the official Harry Potter canon.[3][4]

Official summary

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.

History

On 23 October 2015, it was revealed that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child would be the official sequel to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows as the eighth Harry Potter story of the series.[5]

On 10 February 2016, it was announced that the script would be published in book form on 31 July 2016.[6]

On 4 May 2017, Pottermore announced that the play would be opening on Broadway on 22 April 2018 at the Lyric Theatre.[1]

Overview

Creative team

  • Original Story: J. K. Rowling
  • Original Story & Playwright: Jack Thorne
  • Original Story & Director: John Tiffany
  • Movement Director: Steven Hoggett
  • Set Designer: Christine Jones
  • Costume Designer: Katrina Lindsay
  • Composer & Arranger: Imogen Heap
  • Lighting Designer: Neil Austin
  • Sound Designer: Gareth Fry
  • Illusions and Magic: Jamie Harrison
  • Music Supervisor & Arranger: Martin Lowe
  • International Associate Director: Des Kennedy
  • International Associate Movement Director: Neil Bettles
  • Video Designers: Finn Ross, Ash J. Woodward
  • Hair, Wigs & Makeup: Carole Hancock
  • International Scenic Supervisor: Brett J. Banakis
  • International Costume Design Associate: Sabine Lemaitre
  • International Associate Lighting Designer: Nick Solymon
  • International Associate Sound Designer: Pete Malkin
  • International Illusions & Magic Associate: Chris Fisher
  • International Technical Director: Gary Beestone
  • International Production Supervisor: Sam Hunter
  • International Executive Producers: Pam Skinner, Diane Benjamin
  • Press & Marketing: HPCC Group Ltd
  • Producers: Sonia Friedman, Colin Callender

The individuals above were credited in all productions,[7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14] whereas the roles below varied from productions:

Role London, West End, UK[7] Broadway, New York, USA[9] Melbourne, Australia[10] San Francisco, USA[11] Hamburg, Germany[12] Toronto, Canada[13] Tokyo, Japan[14]
Associate Director Pip Minnithorpe Jimmy Maize Naomi Edwards Connor Wilson Pip Minnithorpe N/A
Associate Movement Director N/A Yasmine Lee Kristen King Yasmine Lee Nuno Silva N/A
Costume Designer Associate/Supervisor N/A Rachel Attridge Jude Loxley Rachel Attridge Carola Brandes N/A
Associate Lighting Designer Daniel Haggerty N/A Gavan Swift N/A Hendrik Thomas N/A
Associate Sound Designer N/A David Tonion Will Pickens Dennis Dackweiler N/A
Illusions and Magic Associate N/A Skylar Fox Adam Mada Andrew Evans Julian Button N/A
Casting Director Julia Horan Jim Carnahan
Alexandre Bleau
Janine Snape Jim Carnahan
Alexandre Bleau
N/A
Props Supervisor Lisa Buckley
Mary Halliday
N/A Sophie Jones N/A
Hair, Wigs & Makeup Associate/Supervisor N/A Kylie Clarke N/A Sarah Kleindienst N/A
Technical Director N/A Cameron Flint N/A Boris Neureiter N/A

Original cast per production

Character London, West End, UK Broadway, New York, USA Melbourne, Australia San Francisco, USA Hamburg, Germany Toronto, Canada Tokyo, Japan
2016 2018 2019 2020 2022

Main characters

Harry Potter Jamie Parker Gareth Reeves John Skelley Markus Schöttl Trevor White TBA
Albus Severus Potter Sam Clemmett Sean Rees-Wemyss Benjamin Papac Vincent Lang Luke Kimball TBA
Ginny Potter Poppy Miller Lucy Goleby Angela Reed Sarah Schütz Trish Lindstrom TBA
Ron Weasley Paul Thornley Gyton Grantley David Abeles Sebastian Witt Gregory Prest TBA
Rose Granger-Weasley Cherrelle Skeete Susan Heyward Manali Datar Folami Williams Madina Frey Hailey Lewis TBA
Hermione Granger Noma Dumezweni Paula Arundell Yanna McIntosh Jillian Anthony Sarah Afful TBA
Scorpius Malfoy Anthony Boyle William McKenna Jon Steiger Mathias Reiser Thomas Mitchell Barnet TBA
Draco Malfoy Alex Price Tom Wren Lucas Hall Alen Hodzovic Brad Hodder TBA

Hogwarts staff, students, and denizens

Albus Dumbledore Barry McCarthy Edward James Hyland George Henare Charles Janasz Hans Neblung TBA
Severus Snape Paul Bentall Byron Jennings David Ross Paterson Andrew Long Uwe Serafin TBA
Rubeus Hagrid Chris Jarman Brian Abraham Soren Jensen Julian Rozzell Jnr Hans-Jürgen Helsig TBA
Sorting Hat TBA
Rolanda Hooch Helen Lymbrey Kathryn Meisle Hannah Waterman Theo Allyn Michaela Schmid TBA
Dolores Umbridge Katherine Leask Heidi Jürgens TBA
Minerva McGonagall Sandy McDade Geraldine Hughes Debra Lawrance Shannon Cochran Anita Maria Gramser TBA
Craig Bowker Jr Jeremy Ang Jones Joshua De Jesus Slone Sudiro Irving Dyson Jr Robin Cadet TBA
Cedric Diggory Tom Milligan Benjamin Wheelwright David Simes William Bednar-Carter Felix Radcke TBA
James Sirius Potter TBA
Polly Chapman Claudia Grant Madeline Weinstein Jessica Vickers Lauren Zakrin Felicitas Bauer TBA
Yann Fredericks James Le Lacheur Jess Barbagalo Connor Sweeney Corey Hedy Christian Bock TBA
Karl Jenkins Jack North Joey LaBrasca Hamish Johnston Tuck Sweeney Nicolai Schwab TBA
Moaning Myrtle Annabel Baldwin Lauren Nicole Cipoletti Gillian Cosgriff Brittany Zeinstra Glenna Weber TBA
Bane Nuno Silva David St. Louis Iopu Auva'a Logan James Hall Fernando Spengler TBA

Others

James Potter Tom Milligan Benjamin Wheelwright David Simes William Bednar-Carter Felix Radcke TBA
Lily Potter Annabel Baldwin Lauren Nicole Cipoletti Gillian Cosgriff Brittany Zeinstra Glenna Weber TBA
Petunia Dursley Helen Lymbrey Kathryn Meisle Hannah Waterman Katherine Leask Heidi Jürgens TBA
Trolley witch Sandy McDade Geraldine Hughes Debra Lawrance TBA
Station Master Adam McNamara David Abeles Hayden Spencer Steve O'Connell Cornelius Henne TBA
Viktor Krum Jack North Joey LaBrasca Connor Sweeney Tuck Sweeney Nicolai Schwab TBA
Dudley Dursley Hamish Johnston TBA
Vernon Dursley Paul Bentall Byron Jennings David Ross Paterson Andrew Long Uwe Serafin TBA
Lord Voldemort TBA
Delphini Diggory Esther Smith Jessie Fisher Madeline Jones Emily Juliette Murphy Kristina Peters TBA
Amos Diggory Barry McCarthy Edward James Hyland George Henare Charles Janasz Fritz Hille TBA
Ludovic Bagman Paul Thornley[15] (voice) TBA

Productions

West End

The original West End production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a play performance based on the script. It premiered on 30 July 2016.[16] The play was shown in two parts.[17]

On 30 March 2017, Pottermore announced that the cast would be changing on 24 May of that year. The original cast performed for the final time on 21 May 2017.[18][19]

Creative team[7]
Main cast

(L-R): Paul Thornley (Ron Weasley), Noma Dumezweni (Hermione Granger), Jamie Parker (Harry Potter), Sam Clemmett (Albus Potter), Poppy Miller (Ginny Potter), Alex Price (Draco Malfoy) and Anthony Boyle (Scorpius Malfoy)

Supporting cast

Reception

An early review for the play from USA Today reviewer Elysa Gardner was glowingly positive, giving the play 3 1/2 out of 4 stars. Gardner stated that the "smashing storytelling and layered but accessible emotional life that always fueled Harry's saga" has remained.[25] Entertainment Weekly also gave the play a strong review, with an overall grade of A-, stating the play is one that "doesn’t play it safe with the Potter canon and will change how fans see certain favourite characters forever."[26] Reviews across the board have generally been very favourable, though most reviews have been kept largely spoiler-free, as attendees are handed badges reading "Keep the Secrets" upon exiting the theatre.[27]

Broadway

Creative team[9]
  • US Resident Movement Director: Ben Wheelwright
Cast

Top (L-R): Alex Price (Draco Malfoy), Paul Thornley (Ron Weasley), Poppy Miller (Ginny Potter)
Middle (L-R): Noma Dumezweni (Hermione Granger), Susan Heyward (Rose Granger-Weasley), Jamie Parker (Harry Potter).
Lower (L-R): Anthony Boyle (Scorpius Malfoy), Sam Clemmett (Albus Potter)

  • Will Coombs and Landon Maas as Young Harry Potter
  • Olivia Bond and Brooklyn Shuck as Lily Jnr
  • Ensemble: Shirine Babb, Stephen Bradbury, Richard Gallagher, Katie Kreisler, Andrew Long, Angela Reed, Dave Register, Adeola Role, James Romney, Nathan Salstone, Malika Samuel, Alanna Saunders, Stuart Ward and Alex Weisman.

Melbourne

(L-R) Sean Rees-Wemyss (Albus Potter), Lucy Goleby (Ginny Potter), Gareth Reeves (Harry Potter)

(L-R): Gyton Grantley (Ron Weasley), Manali Datar (Rose Granger-Weasley), Paula Arundell (Hermione Granger)

  • Alfie Hughes, Ezra Justin, Archie Pitcher and Zakaria Rahhali as Young Harry Potter
  • Sasha Turinui, Ruby Hall, and Sienna Conti as Lily Jnr
  • Ensemble: Mike Bishop, Mark Dickinson, Lyndall Grant, Amanda LaBonté, Cle Morgan, James O’Connell and Hayden Spencer.
  • Swings: Damien Avery, Simon Chandler, Clare Chihambakwe, Louis Corbett, Kuda Mapeza, Kirsty Marillier and John Shearman.


San Francisco

Creative team[11]
  • US Resident Movement Director: Ben Wheelwright
Cast

Hamburg

  • Ensemble: Frank Brunet, Alexandra Farkic, Ivy Quanioo, and Ullrich Talle.
  • Swings: Michael Clauder, Mariyama Ebel, Tino Frers, Nikko Forteza, Olivia Iremengard Grassner, Elvin Karakurt, Benjamin A. Merkl and Dave Wilcox.

Behind the scenes

  • Following the announcement of the publication of the play in script form, headlines from many sources proclaimed the title as the "eighth Harry Potter novel" by Rowling, despite the fact that official sources have been clear that the new book is simply a complete copy of the play's script, which was not authored by her. Various sources have also described the play incorrectly as a "prequel," despite Rowling's statements to the contrary[28] and the fact that the play is clearly described as taking place 19 years after the events of the final novel.[29]
  • In January 2017, Rowling set the record straight about rumours that the play would be made into a film, or a series of films. She stated that the play was only ever meant to be on stage, and that she and the writers never intended for it to be anything else, and that it would stay that way. She also stated that it will not only never be a film, but joked that it will never be a novel, puppet show, cartoon and comic book series either.[30]
  • Originally, the following characters are played by the same actors in the same production:
  • However, some productions may adjust role distributions:
    • The original Melbourne production instead grouped:
    • The original San Francisco and Hamburg productions instead grouped:
      • Petunia Dursley/Dolores Umbridge/Trolley Witch
      • Rolanda Hooch and Minerva McGonagall are portrayed by two different actresses and not overlapping with this group.

External links

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 News: "Cursed Child Broadway official opening confirmed for April 2018" at Pottermore
  2. J.K. Rowling's Twitter
  3. The story of #CursedChild should be considered canon, though. @jackthorne, John Tiffany (the director) and I developed it together. by J.K. Rowling on Twitter
  4. Time - "J.K. Rowling Confirms Harry Potter Play Will Be Considered 'Canon'"
  5. News: "New details on Cursed Child, the ‘eighth Harry Potter story’" at Pottermore
  6. Harry Potter play script to be published by Little, Brown, February 10, 2016 by Charlotte Eyre at The Bookseller
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Harry Potter London Cast & Creative - Harry Potter And The Cursed Child official website
  8. Harry Potter And The Cursed Child official website
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Harry Potter Broadway Cast & Creative Team - Harry Potter And The Cursed Child official website
  10. 10.0 10.1 Harry Potter Melbourne Cast & Creative Team - Harry Potter And The Cursed Child official website
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Harry Potter San Francisco Cast & Creative Team - Harry Potter And The Cursed Child official website
  12. 12.0 12.1 Cast & Kreativteam | Harry Potter und das verwunschene Kind | Hamburg - Harry Potter And The Cursed Child official website
  13. 13.0 13.1 Harry Potter Toronto Cast & Creative - Harry Potter And The Cursed Child official website
  14. 14.0 14.1 この舞台について | 舞台『ハリー・ポッターと呪いの子』 | 公式サイト - Harry Potter And The Cursed Child official website
  15. "UPDATED: 'Cursed Child' Broadway Year 3 Cast Announced... Minus Ron Weasley?" at The-Leaky-Cauldron.org
  16. Harry Potter stage play is sequel about Harry’s son, ‘eighth story in the series’ at Entertainment Weekly
  17. Wiz, bang! It's a double helping of Harry Potter at Daily Mail Online
  18. 18.0 18.1 News: "New cast announced for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child London" at Pottermore
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 19.4 19.5 19.6 19.7 Radio Times - First look at the new cast for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 Still magic in middle age... It's Harry Potter and a new-look Hermione: Cast set to star in highly-anticipated stage play is revealed at Daily Mail Online
  21. 21.0 21.1 News: "Cursed Child reveals first look at Harry, Ginny and Albus Potter in character" at Pottermore
  22. News: "New Cursed Child character portraits of Ron, Hermione and Rose Granger-Weasley" at Pottermore
  23. 23.0 23.1 News: "Final Cursed Child portraits show Draco and Scorpius Malfoy in character" at Pottermore
  24. 24.00 24.01 24.02 24.03 24.04 24.05 24.06 24.07 24.08 24.09 24.10 24.11 24.12 24.13 24.14 24.15 Cast list from the programme from the original West End Palace Theatre production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
  25. Gardner, Elysa (July 25, 2016). "Review: 'Cursed Child' has that Harry Potter magic", USA Today. Retrieved on July 26, 2016. 
  26. Hibberd, James (July 25, 2016). "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: First review - Effects-stuffed stage sequel explores the past and future of The Boy Who Lived", Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved on July 26, 2016. 
  27. Denham, Jess (July 26, 2016). "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child reviews roundup: Theatre critics spellbound by new JK Rowling play", Independent. Retrieved on July 26, 2016. 
  28. "JK Rowling rules on five-year-old Potter bet made in Florida" at Deadline
  29. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child script on Amazon
  30. JK Rowling's website - Cursed Child film rumours
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