Medium hpatcc2
Open run

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Members say: Great staging, Enchanting, Entertaining, Absorbing, Ambitious

About the show

Harry Potter, the boy who lived, comes to Broadway all grown up in this two-part story that picks up with Harry, Ginny, Ron, and Hermoine nineteen years after the events of the final book.

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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. Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' is one play presented in two parts. Both parts are intended to be seen in order on the same day (matinee and evening) or on two consecutive evenings.


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See: Critics' Reviews | Members' Reviews

85
The New York Times

"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." Full Review

95
Financial Times (UK)

"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." Full Review

95
Theatermania

"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." Full Review

85
Variety

"The theater has brought its own brand of wizardry to the material. Visually and aurally, the show presents a panorama of dazzling effects that draw audible gasps from the audience...The story is a brand-new one, but there are plenty of familiar pleasures...But for all its inventive stagecraft devices, the show has a plot that really works as an extension of the Potter saga...We love seeing theater that shows us the true magic of great storytelling." Full Review

65
BroadwayWorld

"While neophytes may not understand a lot of the references, there's a good amount of entertainment in the special effects, including eye-tricking costume changes, a funky time-travel effect and flying objects passing over the audience. From row P of the orchestra section of the cavernous Lyric Theatre, one might feel a bit disconnected from the characters and plot...but admittedly, that might just be the result of my unfamiliarity with the play's backstory." Full Review

90
Time Out New York

"A triumph of theatrical magic...Combines grand storytelling with stagecraft on a scale heretofore unimagined...It is often suspenseful and sometimes downright frightening. Yet amid the cinematic tumult and dazzle of the densely action-packed plot, Thorne and Tiffany carve out quiet scenes of intimacy and tenderness. Great care has gone into creating each moment of this state-of-the-art adventure. It leaves its audience awestruck, spellbound, and deeply satisfied." Full Review

85
New York Stage Review

"While there is a good deal of machinery and a greater deal of millions behind it all, the specialest effect that shines through is high-grade theatrical imagination...We can easily list the admirable production staff...It is not quite so easy, though, to separate their accomplishments: everything blends in to create this wizardrous mélange...Midway through Part One you’ll likely be glad you’re there; and as Part Two starts, you’ll be thrilled, enthralled, and sitting raptly forward." Full Review

90
Lighting & Sound America

"It is a cracking good story, featuring J. K. Rowling's trademark airtight construction and psychological acuity, which combine to keep us utterly engrossed in this five-hour saga...And yes, there's plenty of stage magic, all of it breathtaking. But Rowling and company have got their priorities straight...character and narrative come first...The best thing about 'The Cursed Child' is that its creators refuse to bombard the audience with unnecessary displays of technology." Full Review

90
The Guardian (UK)

"The dazzling two-part epic now making a triumphal entry onto Broadway...Rowling, Tiffany, and Thorne have reinvestigated what made the books work in the first place – a fairytale spine and psychodrama muscles all wrapped up in some incredibly specific world-building – and they’ve used their findings to craft a new story...Broadway hasn’t seen magic like since the profoundly embarrassing and moustached days of 'Merlin.' Its return is thrilling." Full Review

95
The Hollywood Reporter

"Anyone still ready to dismiss 'The Cursed Child' as a cynical brand extension...clearly hasn't experienced the thrilling theatricality, the pulse-pounding storytelling vitality, and the unexpected emotional richness of this unmissable two-part production...It's not hyperbole to call the show sheer magic...Witnessing elevated stagecraft applied to a time-traveling fantasy story of this nature conjures a sense of wonder and excitement that evokes vintage Saturday-matinee serials." Full Review

80
AM New York

"Some fans may find it to be derivative in nature, but the play still makes for a rousing adventure narrative...The countless special effects — both old-fashioned and high-tech in nature — are stunning...Aside from being able to easily grasp the numerous references in the dialogue, a theatergoer with no prior 'wizarding' experience should still be able to have a great time — and may even find the show more enthralling than would a longtime fan." Full Review

90
Chicago Tribune

"It is, at once, a feast of epic theatricality in celebration of the imagination; an immersive coda to the most powerful literary brand of a generation; and a must-see, totally enveloping, thoroughly thrilling chance to experience the global power of shared storytelling at its most robust...Tiffany, Hoggett, and Jones carved out a theatrical playing space for the storytelling, something that interacts with what you have in your head and does not compete with the images of the movies." Full Review

85
New York Daily News

"There are more magic wands than you can shake a stick at in the wildly theatrical and thrilling Broadway spectacle...Eye-popping enchantment regularly flies off the stage...How'd-they-do-that marveling begins instantly as students go from street clothes to capes in a twirl...As with any story, it's all in the telling. What's so wondrous is how low-tech stagecraft brings such high-definition delight as the action unfolds...The show gleams like a bolt of lightning." Full Review

80
CurtainUp

"I'm happy to report that the buzz is not just a lot of hype. This is a hugely enjoyable show with a pretty easy to follow story that is cleverly tied in to the money hemorrhaging Potter franchise...The work of Tiffany, Hoggett and the other company wizards is indeed the major reason 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' is enthralling from the moment the curtain rises — even when, during the first part, the story is at times somewhat sluggish and not all that extraordinary." Full Review

80
Talkin' Broadway

"Beyond the hype, the entertaining appearances by characters long familiar to fans, and the impressive stage magic...there is an even greater magic going on here. It is the spell that is cast by a well-crafted story...While Part I is mostly a hodgepodge of soft-sell character-introducing scenes, excursions into nostalgia, and modest bits of conjuring, do stick around. Because by the end of Part II, you will come to understand that this is...a fitting addition to the realm of Potter." Full Review

70
The Wrap

"Without prior knowledge of the 'Potter' story, you won’t be able to understand what’s happening on stage...Rowling, Thorne, and Tiffany have taken the very sophisticated approach of plunging you right into the maelstrom of the wizard phenomenon...Great children’s theater that in no way attempts to replicate the movies...Human emotions, not the special effects, propel the story forward...Thorne sometimes goes overboard with the angst-ridden father-son psychobabble." Full Review

70
CitiTour

"The real wizard of this show is director John Tiffany, who along with...his entire creative team, consistently creates some of the most remarkable stage pictures ever...Those audience members who are already intensely familiar...will unquestionably be the bigger beneficiaries of this outing, while others may be momentarily confused or even bored...For all of the play’s ingenuity, it’s also remarkably repetitive and top-heavy on exposition." Full Review

90
The Telegraph (UK)

"'Cursed Child' respects the audience’s intelligence as it engulfs them in a world potentially more sinister than a lot of American children's literature...The play has an emotional honesty that, like the books, never sinks into sentimentality and guarantees its endurance. At its essence is a story about parents and children, specifically fathers and sons, struggling to connect with a loved one they can’t understand." Full Review

85
NY1

"While the show is packed with many more dazzling tricks and illusions, it's the story that's drawing fans to this eighth installment in the popular series...As in the books, the play takes a dark turn with strong psychological overtones. Tiffany is a wizard himself, navigating the emotional terrain with his own theatrical magic. Alongside his longtime collaborator Steven Hoggett, and the genius design team, they have crafted a stunningly immersive and moving experience." Full Review

60
The Washington Post

"This elaborate two-part, 5½ -hour stage sequel to J.K Rowling’s canonical series is like a witchy worship service for the countless consumers of every magical segue and subplot of the seven books and eight 'Harry Potter' movies...A dynamic pair of evenings replete with ahhhh-inspiring tricks and illusions...The rambling narrative is so filled with barely elucidated references to creatures and past events from the novels that you really do need, in a sense, to have been there." Full Review

85
Daily Beast

"The characters are true to themselves—perhaps rendered with less moral complexity than in the books, but written very well—and the plot feels like a natural extension of Potterdom...By the end of the play, you no longer mind its constraints—particularly because it’s just so much fun...The acting in the show is sublime...The creators are up against incredible challenges to recreate the effects of spells and potions...with no Hollywood CGI to help them out. And they succeed wildly." Full Review

95
NJ.com

"It feels like a Potter novel, with its elaborate plot fueled by magical misdoing, and its mixture of silly humor and surprising pathos. The creative team has done an extraordinary job making room on stage for any number of plot devices...One of the most visually majestic, consistently surprising Broadway productions ever mounted...Tiffany and his company never once let the trickery overwhelm the feeling...Far and away the best thing we’ve seen on Broadway this season." Full Review

80
New York Magazine / Vulture

"Jam-packed with breakneck plot twists, charming performances, mind-bending spectacle, and, perhaps more surprisingly, moments of theatrical whimsy that feel, amidst the high-tech sorcery, delightfully simple...It effectively weaves serious themes with bouncy adventure narrative, it’s heartfelt and sometimes a touch hokey...You’re pretty much willing to forgive its shortcomings as it sweeps you along in a rush of rip-roaring, good-natured imagination." Full Review

60
Theater Pizzazz

"The play leans heavily on pre-existing Potter staples, both in the present and the past...Scorpius and Albus are two of a kind, outsiders looking in. Watching their friendship develop and grow is one of the play’s more enjoyable aspects, although at times it’s a little too sticky-sweet...Tiffany keeps things moving but can’t impose much substance on the drama. Among the large cast, Boyle especially stands out as real and likable, even when he has to deliver soppy dialogue." Full Review

85
New York Stage Review

"There’s something about seeing Rowling’s wizards, witches, and Muggles presented in the flesh that drives home their essential, well, humanity...The core of 'Cursed Child’s' appeal lies in its more grounded aspects, like the basically naturalistic dialogue, and in moments when the characters must confront demons not terribly unlike those in our own world, before fully realizing the wonder of love...I left the theater both haunted and grateful—and not just for the production." Full Review

See: Critics' Reviews | Members' Reviews

85
Epic, Quirky, Great staging

See it if There are a few problems with plot, but this is by far the best staging and stagecraft I've ever seen. The production is, well, magical.

Don't see it if You're not a Potter person. If you don't know Potter you won't understand the plot and you won't care about the characters.

98
Absorbing, Clever, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Great staging

See it if you have read/watched Harry Potter, are a fan, want to see mind-boggling special effects & want an excellent continuation of the HP universe

Don't see it if you have never read/watched HP or don't like the story. You don't want to devote an entire day for theater. You scare easily.

Also The ending of Part One was so amazingly cool and terrifying that I unk... Read more Read less

94
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Riveting, Great staging

See it if You want to be wowed by the production value alone, with great emotional acting and humor to boot. You are a fan of the HP books.

Don't see it if You are not familiar with the Harry Potter story, dislike magic and wonder, or are overly bothered by minor plot issues or theatrics.

Also Bottom line: this play has the highest production value of any show I’... Read more Read less

98
Epic, Must see, Spectacular, Theatrical

See it if you have read all 7 books.

Don't see it if you're completely unfamiliar with the franchise.

Also I attended the opening performance on April 22. A night I'll never for... Read more Read less

97
Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if You read and enjoyed the Harry Potter series or you enjoy special effects.

Don't see it if You prefer shorter plays with more concise plots or you didn’t enjoy any of the Harry Potter books/movies.

Also I went in skeptical after reading the script but on stage the show was... Read more Read less

92
Clever, Enchanting, Must see, Entertaining, Great staging

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.

98
Exquisite, Great acting, Must see, Great staging, Magical

See it if you love Harry Potter or just want to see the magic in real life.

Don't see it if You prefer a shorter play or have a price limit. Parts one and two should both be viewed.

97
Absorbing, Ambitious, Enchanting, Great acting, Must see

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.

96
Absorbing, Ambitious, Enchanting, Great acting, Masterful

See it if you want to be engrossed by a great story mixed with very impressive stage magic

Don't see it if you aren't a Harry Potter fan. The story picks up where the books/movies leave off and there's not much exposition in Cursed Child

80
Enchanting, Cliched, Overrated

See it if Love Harry Potter, but this should stay as a book. Wayyyy too long. It did not need to be this long. The staging is amazing tho

Don't see it if You don’t have 5 hours

100
Absorbing, Ambitious, Enchanting, Refreshing, Transcendent

See it if you want to witness a magical evening of brilliant stagecraft and storytelling. A breath of fresh air on Broadway.

Don't see it if you dislike the Harry Potter series. However, the show is enjoyable even if you are unfamiliar with the source material.

95
Clever, Must see, Great writing, Great staging

See it if You love the Harry Potter series and love great special effects.

Don't see it if you don't like the Harry Potter movies or books and don't want to be wowed by magic!

100
Absorbing, Enchanting, Exquisite, Great acting, Great staging

See it if Regardless of whether you are a Harry Potter fan, the plays (1&2) are amazing - and unique. The acting, storyline and staging are excellent.

Don't see it if The only reason not to see them is if you can’t commit to see both parts very close in time (we went saw both on the same day)

98
Enchanting, Epic, Masterful, Riveting, Great staging

See it if You love harry potter, you love to see creative staging and light design, you want to witness something magical

Don't see it if If you don’t like harry potter or know any of the storylines from the books/movies

97
Enchanting, Epic, Must see

See it if you enjoy stagecraft at its finest. The effects were mind-blowing and the story enthralling!

Don't see it if your heart has already turned to stone. One should probably not see it until you've boned up on your Harry Potter history and characters.

Also The show was completely magical at every turn. My only criticism is th... Read more Read less

100
Riveting, Entertaining, Magical

See it if you've read Harry Potter and loved it. See it if you enjoy magic and being amazed. See it if you love stories of adventure and courage.

Don't see it if you're not a fan of magic and illusion. The tricks in this show are amazing, but you can figure out how a lot of them are done.

100
Enchanting, Great acting, Must see, Refreshing

See it if you want to see something other than your typical touristy show that is an intimate play encased in spectacle

Don't see it if you hate watching family relationships or magical effects that will leave your mind boggled

95
During previews
Absorbing, Enchanting, Masterful, Must see, Entertaining

See it if Love Harry Potter. Love being entertained. Wanted to be mesmerized. Don’t want to say anything else #keepthesecrets I have to see this again

Don't see it if No reason not too.

87
During previews
Enchanting, Exquisite, Slow, Nostalgic, Great staging

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.

100
During previews
Absorbing, Riveting, Great writing, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You are at all interested in Harry Potter. Even if you aren’t a fan of Harry Potter, if you like fantasy, adventure, and amazing stagecraft.

Don't see it if You aren’t willing to suspend your disbelief and be absorbed in something truly magical.

Also Yes, it helps to have read all the Harry Potter books or to have seen ... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Riveting, Great staging

See it if you are familiar with the books and/or movies. You are prepared to see a grown-up Harry Potter.

Don't see it if you are not at least somewhat familiar with the story. You can't take the idea of a Harry Potter who is like your parents.

Also I was happy I spent the previous week watching all the movies. This wa... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Entertaining, Great staging, Fluffy, Flashy

See it if you enjoy a shallow plot theater with fancy spectacles

Don't see it if you arent a harry potter fan and regularly go to see plays

100
During previews
Epic, Great acting, Must see, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You are a Potter fan or not - it’s spectacular

Don't see it if Can’t sit for 6 hours for both parts

99
During previews
Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Magical

See it if You want to see a magical well written and acted show. Writing is superb. A very worthy Harry Potter tale in its own rights that amazes!

Don't see it if It helps to know a bit about world of Harry Potter. If you are not a Harry Potter fan you will probably still enjoy the play

Also Loved this play! Magical! Great story and acting and set design and ef... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Resonant, Great staging

See it if You love Harry Potter, shows with incredible effects and staging.

Don't see it if You are unfamiliar with Harry Potter, or are bothered by bright lights and strobe effects

Also All the technical aspects of it were amazing, good acting, and brillia... Read more Read less


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