REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” Opened with a ShowScore of 92

Show-Score | Apr 23, 2018
“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” written by Jack Thorne and directed by John Tiffany, opened on April 22, 2018 in New York City. “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” written by Jack Thorne and directed by John Tiffany, opened on April 22, 2018 in New York City.


33 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 84.

Ben Brantley
The New York Times
ShowScore: 85
"Five hours of performance pass in a wizardly wink of an eye...Everything that happens onstage seems as improbably fluid as, well, time itself. It helps that what happens includes some of the most eye-boggling illusions you’ll ever witness...The new gold standard for fantasy franchise entertainment on Broadway...This slyly manipulative production knows exactly how, and how hard, to push the tenderest spots of most people’s emotional makeups."
Charles Isherwood
Financial Times (UK)
ShowScore: 95
"Thoroughly rewarding and accomplished, both in conception and execution...The play is a thrilling maze of adventures, yes, but it is also a moving and sophisticated exploration of the turbulent tides of adolescence...Even Potter-phobes could be seduced by both the tale itself and the production’s technical brilliance...Tiffany...ushers us through the story’s convolutions with an almost awe-inspiring fluidity. The production’s five-hour-plus expanse flashes by in what seems like half the time."
Zachary Stewart
ShowScore: 95
"It is not only the most magical show on Broadway, but the best day I've spent in the theater in a long time...Nostalgia is not enough: You have to offer something fresh, as 'Cursed Child' marvelously does...Tiffany exploits cutting-edge stagecraft to maximum effect...Convincing performances from the 40-person cast sell the magic and earn our emotional investment...Both relevant and timeless, 'Harry Potter' is the epic of our time and it is thrilling that the theater is a part of that."

“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” was also reviewed by Diane Snyder of The Telegraph (UK), Chris Jones of Chicago Tribune, Matt Windman of AM New York, David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter, Alexis Soloski of The Guardian (UK), Dan Kois of, Jay Michaelson of Forward, Erin Strecker of Mashable, Richard Lawson of Vanity Fair, Ann Treneman of The Times (UK), Johnny Oleksinki of New York Post, Peter Travers of Rolling Stone, Marc Snetiker of Entertainment Weekly, Greg Evans of Deadline, Elizabeth Bradley of Broadway News, Barbara Schuler of Newsday, Mark Shenton of The Stage (UK), Elysa Gardner of New York Stage Review, Michael Bracken of Theater Pizzazz, Sara Holdren of New York Magazine / Vulture, Christopher Kelly of, Peter Marks of The Washington Post, Roma Torre of NY1, Brian Scott Lipton of CitiTour, Robert Hofler of The Wrap, Howard Miller of Talkin' Broadway, Joe Dziemianowicz of New York Daily News, Steven Suskin of New York Stage Review, Adam Feldman of Time Out New York, and Marilyn Stasio of Variety.


The show was also reviewed by 163 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 94.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great staging, Enchanting, Entertaining, Absorbing, Ambitious

MaxD, ShowScore: 92
See it if…"You want to see an exceptionally mounted and magical production with incredible stagecraft, strong acting, and a captivating narrative."
Don't see it if…"You dislike fantasy, especially the Harry Potter series."
Geri, ShowScore: 97
See it if…"You want to be blown away by a magical theater experience that delivers mind blowing stagecraft and similarly impressive acting and story."
Don't see it if…"If you don’t catch up on the Harry Potter universe beforehand. Watch the movies or read the books before going and you’ll be glad you did.
MarinaM, ShowScore: 87
See it if…"You are a devoted Harry Potter fan and you want to experience the magic on stage! I was so immersed in the world and the staging was surreal."
Don't see it if…"You're looking for a super absorbing plotline or greatly thought-out characters. It's about the magic, not necessarily about the story."

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