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7 Original Cursed Child Actors Reprising Roles on Broadway; Ticket Release Date Announced
Posted by Megs

The Harry Potter and the Cursed Child website has been updated to show that seven of the original cast members from the West End production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be reprising their roles for the Broadway debut in New York City! Previews begin March 2018 and the official opening is April 22, 2018. Tickets for the Broadway production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will go on sale October 12, 2017 via Ticketmaster Verified Fan® following a required registration period between October 1 – October 5, 2017. The returning cast members are as follows:

  • Anthony Boyle as Scorpius Malfoy
  • Sam Clemmett as Albus Severus Potter
  • Alex Price as Draco
  • Jamie Parker as Harry
  • Poppy Miller as Ginny
  • Paul Thornley as Ron
  • Noma Dumezweni as Hermione

From the news release:

Sonia Friedman, Colin Callender and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions are pleased to announce casting for the Broadway premiere of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Preview performances will begin in New York at the fully renovated Lyric Theatre in March 2018 with an official opening on Sunday, April 22, 2018.

Seven members of the award-winning Original West End Company will reunite on stage for the Broadway premiere: Jamie Parker (Harry Potter), Noma Dumezweni (Hermione Granger) and Paul Thornley (Ron Weasley) with Poppy Miller (Ginny Potter), Sam Clemmett (Albus Potter), Alex Price (Draco Malfoy) and Anthony Boyle (Scorpius Malfoy). They will be joined by David Abeles, Brian Abraham, Shirine Babb, Jess Barbagallo, Stephen Bradbury, Lauren Nicole Cipoletti, Joshua De Jesus, Jessie Fisher, Richard Gallagher, Susan Heyward, Geraldine Hughes, Edward James Hyland, Byron Jennings, Katie Kreisler, Joey LaBrasca, Andrew Long, Kathryn Meisle, Angela Reed, Dave Register, Adeola Role, JamesRomney, Malika Samuel, Alanna Saunders, David St. Louis, Stuart Ward, Madeline Weinstein, Alex Weisman and Benjamin Wheelwright playing a variety of characters. The cast will also include four children who will alternate two roles.

“We have assembled an extraordinary cast for Broadway,” said director John Tiffany. “Our Cursed Childfamily is growing with 28 brilliant new actors bringing their unique talents to our production. I also can’t wait to dive back into it with seven of our original London cast members reprising their thrilling performances for New York audiences. The adventure continues…”

Mr. Parker, Ms. Dumezweni, Mr. Thornley, Ms. Miller, Mr. Clemmett, Mr. Price and Mr. Boyle are appearing with the support of Actors’ Equity Association. The producers gratefully acknowledge Actors’ Equity Association for its assistance to this production.

More about ticket purchasing:

Tickets go on sale on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 11AM EDT via Ticketmaster Verified Fan®, only to those ticket buyers who receive an access code.

Ticket buyers must register with Ticketmaster Verified Fan®, a process put in place to protect genuine ticket buyers from bots and scalpers, for the opportunity to purchase tickets.

Ticket buyers who register, and are verified and randomly selected, will receive an access code that will give them the opportunity to purchase tickets. Tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

Registration will open on Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 10AM EDT and close on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 10PM EDT.

Tickets will go on sale on Thursday October 12 at 11am EDT.

You will not be able to buy tickets unless you register and receive an access code. However, please note that because of anticipated demand, registering does not guarantee receipt of an access code, and receiving an access code does not guarantee there will be tickets remaining when you try to purchase. The selection process will be randomized to ensure access to tickets is as fair as possible and to protect our customers from bots and ticket scalpers.

If you are unsuccessful in securing tickets in this first release, there will be further opportunities to purchase tickets in the future on a regular basis. Details of further ticket releases will be announced via the official website, social media channels and the official newsletter. There will also be opportunities to purchase late-release tickets, including the weekly release of The Friday Forty.

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Portraits for New London Cast of Cursed Child Released
Posted by Megs

New portraits for the London cast of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child have been released, see them here. This new cast starts their run on Wednesday, May 24. Photographer Charlie Gray shot their portraits and a behind the scenes video was also released:

Here’s the new cast:

Harry Potter: Jamie Glover
Ginny Potter: Emma Lowndes
Albus Potter: Theo Ancient
Ron Weasley: Thomas Aldridge
Hermione Granger: Rakie Ayola
Rose Granger-Weasley: Helen Aluko
Draco Malfoy: James Howard
Scorpius Malfoy: Samuel Blenkin

We had the pleasure of seeing James Howard as Draco back in December when he was an understudy for the role and he did an amazing job!

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Cursed Child Officially Coming to Broadway Spring 2018
Posted by Megs

It is finally official! Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be coming to Broadway in Spring 2018. The official opening will be April 22nd at the redesigned Lyric Theater. Tickets will go on sale this Autumn and can be purchased only through the official Cursed Child website. You can sign up for updates on the play’s official website.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child opens on Broadway in the spring of 2018 at the newly renovated Lyric Theatre in New York. The official opening will be on Sunday, April 22, 2018. Ticketing information, performance schedule, casting and further details will be announced in the coming months.

As previously announced, the Lyric Theatre is currently undergoing a complete redesign and transformation in preparation for the North American premiere of the production.

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a new play by Jack Thorne, received its world premiere in June 2016 at the Palace Theatre in London, where it plays to sold-out houses. The critically acclaimed play recently became the most awarded production in the history of the Olivier Awards, winning a record-breaking nine awards including Best New Play and Best Director. The production has won 22 major theatre awards in the UK since opening last July in London, including the Evening Standard Best Play Award.

Written by Olivier and BAFTA Award winner Jack Thorne and directed by Olivier and Tony Award® winner John Tiffany, 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, bringing together some of the most exciting talent working in the theatre today.

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Cursed Child: Definitive Edition Script Release Date; More Tickets Released April 25
Posted by Megs

As we posted when the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child script book was first announced, there will be a “Definitive Edition” released later this year. This second edition, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production, will be published July 25, 2017.  According to Amazon:

This revised paperback edition updates the “special rehearsal edition” with the conclusive and final dialogue from the play, which has subtly changed since its rehearsals, as well as a conversation piece between director John Tiffany and writer Jack Thorne, who share stories and insights about reading playscripts. This edition also includes useful background information including the Potter family tree and a timeline of events from the wizarding world prior to the beginning of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

Additionally, the Cursed Child site announced that another wave of tickets will be released on April 25th. Three months of advance tickets will be released for sale on Tuesday 25 April 2017, at 11am BST, for performances from 2 May 2018 –  22 July 2018. Tickets are priced from £15 per part and for every performance there will be over 300 tickets at £20 or less per part.

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Cursed Child Wins Big at Olivier Awards
Posted by Megs

Continuing on with their record-breaking, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and it’s actors have added some more awards to their growing collection. The play was nominated for 11 Olivier Awards and took home 9 of them! The play was honored with the following awards:

  • Best New Play
  • Best Director – John Tiffany
  • Best Actor –  Jamie Parker
  • Best Actress in Supporting Role – Noma Dumezweni
  • Best Actor in Supporting Role – Anthony Boyle
  • Best Set Design – Christine Jones
  • Best Costume Design – Katrina Lindsay
  • Best Sound Design – Gareth Fry
  • Best Lighting Design – Neil Austin
Filed Under: Anthony Boyle, Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, Jamie Parker, Noma Dumezweni
New Cast Announced for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in London
Posted by Megs

Pottermore revealed in a blog post this morning that fans who go see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in London after May 21st 2017 will get to see it with an entirely new main cast. They also announced that the next wave of Cursed Child tickets will be available on April 25th 2017. Visit the play’s official website for more details.

Jamie Glover, Rakie Ayola and Thomas Aldridge join the award-winning production as the central trio of Harry, Hermione and Ron respectively. Original cast member James Howard* will play Draco Malfoy, and Emma Lowndes takes on the role of Ginny Weasley.

As for the younger characters, original cast member Helen Aluko will play Ron and Hermione’s daughter Rose Granger-Weasley, while newcomers Theo Ancient and Samuel Blenkin make their professional stage debuts as Albus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy.

Also joining the production are new cast members David Annen, Ruthxjiah Bellenea, Danny Dalton, Leah Haile, Rupert Henderson, Elizabeth Hill, April Hughes, James McGregor, Sarah Miele, Jordan Paris, James Phoon, Henry Rundle, Ged Simmons, Mark Theodore, Gideon Turner and Ed White.

Original cast members Nicola Alexis, Rosemary Annabella, Phoebe Austen, Annabel Baldwin, Jabez Cheeseman, Morag Cross, Esme Grace, Lowri James, Martin Johnston, Alfred Jones, Barry McCarthy, Sandy McDade, Tom Mackley, Harrison Noble, Ben Roberts, Nuno Silva, Hope Sizer and Joshua Wyatt will complete the 42-strong company playing a variety of characters, including seven children who will alternate two roles.

* As a side note, we saw the play when James Howard was an understudy for Draco and he did an amazing job! You’ll love him.

Director John Tiffany discussed the revamp by saying:

‘Think of Doctor Who: new regenerations happen all the time,’ he said. ‘People like seeing new actors and their different approaches to characters. We like to see different actors and actresses playing Hamlet, for example — or Lady Macbeth or James Bond.’

‘Productions that expect to run a long time will always have to plan for cast changes. A company is usually contracted for a year on long running productions, though they also may stay on longer. Some of the company from the first cast will be staying on but the majority of the cast in year two will be new and they will start performing in a couple of months.’

A video of the new cast is now in rehearsals, a video showing some of that may be watched below:

Filed Under: Harry Potter And The Cursed Child
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