Open run | 2h 40m | Midtown W

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (NYC)

From 1,110 member  reviews
Members say: Great staging, Enchanting, Absorbing, Entertaining, Clever

About the show

Harry Potter 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. Winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Play. More…

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. 

2h 40m | Open run | Lyric Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (1110)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great staging, Enchanting, Absorbing, Entertaining, Clever
91
Avg Score

95
Exceptional, Great writing, Great staging, Riveting, Relevant

See it if It's just as brilliant, action-packed and moving as the books and movies. I was left wanting at least one more part.

Don't see it if You know nothing about Harry Potter.

Also From the writing to the staging to the special effect, storytelling, a... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Entertaining, Magical, Great staging, Masterful

See it if Takes you on a day of adventure with these characters! An exceptional follow up to the original w/ outstanding staging & performances.

Don't see it if You should probably have either seen the movies or read the books in order to fully enjoy the experience.

Also Casting was perfect. Rowling does a perfect job at continuing the stor... Read more Read less

99
Brilliant!, Enchanting, Great acting, Great staging, Must see

See it if You want to see a jaw dropping show that scores on every level. It’s not just special effects, it’s an amazing story with heart and depth.

Don't see it if I can’t imagine anyone not enjoying this show. Even if you’ve never seen any of the movies or read any of the books this show is phenomenal!

94
Incredible, Great staging, Great writing, Epic

See it if You want to see a stunning spectacle with great effects, a great script, and wonderful performances. Long but mesmerizing.

Don't see it if You have no sense of the Potter universe. It won’t make sense to you if you don’t.

83
Ambitious, Great staging, Great writing, Masterful

See it if If you like the book. Great staging, writing .well acted and directed.

Don't see it if If you dont know the harry potter Potter book. Can be confusing at times

85
Great writing, Absorbing, Surprising, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you like getting invested in really satisfying, heavily plotted adventure stories.

Don't see it if you're looking for a play that explores topical issues in our real world. (Though this show does well at examining family relationships.)

90
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Great staging, Masterful

See it if you're a fan of the Harry Potter books, you like epic theatre lasting a whole day, inventive stagecraft, special effects & a touching story

Don't see it if your're not a Potter fan or never read the books, two part events don't interest you, dislike special effects, or think this is a kid's play

Also Stunning theatricality, the English cast is absolutely marvelous, the ... Read more Read less

90
Ambitious, Enchanting, Great staging, Great acting, Epic

See it if You're a fan of the series & want to see a continuation of the story. You want a transporting event that begins when you enter the theatre.

Don't see it if You have no familiarity w/the series. You want a strong story: while every element is superb, the story is the 1 element slightly lacking.

Also The attention to detail is off the charts! The entire theatre has been... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Must see, Enchanting, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if Like Harry Potter's World you be back where they are all adult, and sending their children to Hogwarts. With a lot of magic and humor.

Don't see it if you have no idea Who Harry Potter is or that not seen the movies or read the books.

Also Special effect were great, amazing story. Love the relationship betwee... Read more Read less

94
Ambitious, Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Must see

See it if Sequel in the Potter canon picks after last book. Muggles are treated to mesmerising effects and stagecraft. Magical in every sense.

Don't see it if Audience deification of Harry Potter (ignore the gasps) might be a turn-off. Try to see at least one part anyway.

65
Tedious with sparks of magic

See it if U win the lottery, have devoted Potterites in tow, feel you must see it for the hype of it all, enjoy theater magic for its own sake,

Don't see it if Haven't read bks (you won't have a clue if not), want coherent script or interesting chars, don't have 2 days/6 hrs or lots of $$ to toss.

Also Oh boy. What a disappointment. Even the multi-$$ Lyric Theatre reno fa... Read more Read less

78
Great staging, Bloated, Entertaining, Indulgent, Clever

See it if you loved the Potter books and films and want to see the story continue in a new medium and if you have big bucks to spare.

Don't see it if you are not thoroughly familiar with the Potter books and films or if you have trouble with British accents or if you value brevity.

Also The stage effects are marvelous and the theme of father-son conflict i... Read more Read less

88
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful

See it if you have read the books/seen the movies; love great acting, stagecraft, production and illusion; enjoy having characters to love & root for.

Don't see it if you might be a little lost if unfamiliar with the Potter world; good story but pacing can be slow - would have benefited from some editing.

90
Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you like big productions, amazing staging, and are a HP fan. It's really incredible what they accomplish on stage and story is entertaining.

Don't see it if you haven't watched the movies or read the books. It's easy enough to follow along, but there are a lot of references you might not get.

97
Enchanting, Epic, Masterful, Riveting, Great staging

See it if You want to see a truly exquisite show. Great acting and staging. A phenomenal production.

Don't see it if You don't know anything about Harry Potter.

89
Stylish, Exciting staging, Grand storytelling, Vastly entertaining, Riveting

See it if Harry Potter reverberates for U, magical theatrical effects fascinate U, can't get enough HP, like family /character as major story elements

Don't see it if can't listen for 6 hours, dislike wizardry, think witchcraft is sinful, can't understand Brit accents, had bad boarding school experience

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Great staging, Great writing

See it if you can score a ticket.It really is as good as all the hype says it is.The staging &special effects are amazing.This is as good as it gets.

Don't see it if you do not have an imagination, are dead at heart, have no soul. In other words: GO!

90
Great acting, Great staging, Engaging, Enchanting

See it if if you are a Harry Potter fan, or a Broadway fan, or you just like great entertainment, including some magic-like tricks.

Don't see it if if you can not stand Harry Potter and are not interested in great plays.

95
Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Riveting, Great acting

See it if you like JK Rowling’s characters, world-building, & way she developed the HP plots. There’s no question you’d get book 8 if there was one.

Don't see it if you/someone you’re bringing hasn’t read/finished/liked books 1-7. It really does take up like the next installment of the series.

Also Considered skipping this because I was disappointed by most of the mov... Read more Read less

92
Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you are a Harry Potter fan ans enjoy great special effects

Don't see it if Harry Potter bores you

85
Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging, Delightful

See it if If you are familiar with the story and have read all of the books before seeing the show. Well produced and memorable!

Don't see it if If you have no idea of what the story is about or who the characters are.

89
Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging, Epic, Ambitious

See it if A must see for Potter fans. The special effects are off the charts! Convoluted plot but magic, humor & whimsy make for a fun experience.

Don't see it if I did not read the series & had trouble following all the plot lines & characters, but still found this an immensely enjoyable experience.

90
Transporting, Magical performances and storytelling that elevates flat writing to some soaring heights, Mesmerizing, Eerie and dark for younger crowds, Nostalgia-inducing

See it if a Harry Potter series fan; invested in immersive storytelling; want to feel like an awed child who leaves breathlessly in love with theatre.

Don't see it if an incurable Muggle disdainful of fantasy & feel good/family story clichés that intentionally tug the heartstrings; seeking strong writing.

Also We can’t all ride the Hogwarts Express but another magical mode of tra... Read more Read less

90
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Great staging, Masterful

See it if You enjoy magic and theatricality. You like clever scenic design.

Don't see it if You need a perfect story (Part II drags a bit).

80
Ambitious, Great staging, Must see, Magical, Confusing

See it if You are up to date on your Potter history and want to see stage magic that is mind blowing

Don't see it if You are unfamiliar with the Potter story and like your plays to have plots you can follow and character development

Also In the battle between stagecraft and dramaturgy , stagecraft wins.


April 22nd, 2018
"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 entertainme...
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April 22nd, 2018
"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 int...
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April 22nd, 2018
"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 a...
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April 22nd, 2018
"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 she...
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