New York | 2h 40m | Open run

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (NYC)

From 67 critic and 830 member reviews
Members say: Great staging, Enchanting, Absorbing, Entertaining, Must see

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)


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

95
Front Mezz Junkies

"This play and production is theatrical genius with layers upon layers of cape-tastic excitement and wand-elishous magic that just keep out-doing itself, raising the bar from one moment to the next...The true beauty of 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' is that everyone can enjoy and take great pleasure in Moaning Myrtle, and this story. As meticulously directed by co-creator Tiffany, no one is left behind; everyone is invited to this wondrous party as this production flies up high." 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
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

95
DC Metro Theater Arts

"Amazing bursts of magic that dazzle in the darkness, distinctive characterizations of a host of eccentric, endearing, and evil personalities by an enthralling cast...Under Tiffany's masterful direction, the depth and richness of the characters' emotions and psychology are never lost amidst the captivating spectacle. There is a fine balance between surreal fantasy and universal feelings...unsurpassed production values…truly superlative work." 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

95
Theater Life

“This production fulfills the richness of Rowling’s story telling...Only the essential elements of theater craft reign here...We’re captured by the innocence of child’s play...All of this requiring nothing more than the richness of theatrical imagination and childlike inspiration…Wonderfully well cast...What is most interesting about the acting style is its truthfulness and immediacy...The acting focuses on the essence of character, rather than its personal or idiosyncratic aspects...Highly e... Full Review

95
Fordham Observer

“A piece of theater so intensely enchanting, its wizardry a thing of hypnosis...A theatrical experience that defies all imagination of the possibilities of stage and theater...The stunning, breathtaking illusions that furnish this show are enough to forever entrust ‘Cursed Child’ among the most thrilling, awe-inspiring experiences ever to be mounted on Broadway....First-rate acting...The characters presented on stage feel genuinely and vividly like the text-bound creations.” Full Review

95
Parade

“One perfect Broadway play…One of the most extraordinary stage presentations I’ve ever seen…Ultimately beyond the gorgeous stagecraft, the intriguing plot twists and the beautiful storytelling, this is a tale about fathers and sons...about coming to understand who you are and what you really want to be…I was so thoroughly engrossed in the play’s world that I never expected I would have to leave…‘Cursed Child’ has a precision and clarity in its stagecraft that is rarely matched.” Full Review

95
Limelight Magazine (AU)

"The design team has created a magical space...Compelling storytelling...thrillingly inventive staging...For all its magic and mayhem, at the heart of the play lie universal themes of friendship, loyalty, trust and the old truism that history has a habit of repeating itself...A fast-paced Rubik's cube type affair with the kind of reveals that make Potter aficionados gasp out loud...A play with great heart and many lessons to teach." Full Review

95
Rolling Stone

"It’s not a rehash of the books and movies – it's a thrilling continuation of the Potter saga...A triumph of epic proportions, not only heaven for Potterheads, but a marvel of stagecraft that will soon be the stuff of legend...The story – dark, dazzling, and more soulful than anything on screen...Eyes will pop and jaws will drop at the theatrical wizardry...It’s more than the best new play of the season. It’s some kind of miracle." Full Review

93
Front Row Center

"J.K. Rowling’s writing is masterful. Even though this play was written by Jack Thorne, it has her finger prints all over it...These are not the fancy schmancy special effect, but they are spectacular. They are simplicity itself, made of puppetry magic and lighting that tells us exactly where to look...The ensemble’s choreographed movements, clean, simple and unrelenting, give the entire production a physical urgency...Bravo, Brava, Bravastrodamus!" 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

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

90
Broadway & Me

"It's a smart idea, playing directly to the Gen Y-ers, who grew up reading and loving the Potter books...It's hard even for Potterheads, who cheer loudly whenever a familiar name or place is mentioned, to follow what's going on. But plot is just a Maguffin for Rowling who has always been far more interested in the atmospheric setting of the world she created and the emotional connections between the people who populate it. Thorne and Tiffany remain true to that spirit." 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

90
Broadway Blog

“An all-encompassing experience...An unforgettable theatrical journey...Thanks to Tiffany’s keen eye and a stellar creative team...’Harry Potter’ is able to maintain focus as well as a captivating emotional integrity throughout...Not a cry, rumble or cell phone was heard...instead, replaced by gasps at theatrical magic, and a roaring sound of applause at evening’s end...The triple-threat integration of stagecraft, technology, and good ole’ acting chops legitimize ‘Harry Potter’s’ Broadway arr... Full Review

90
Newsday

"Even if you've not read a single book, it's the getting there that creates the wonder of it all. The stagecraft on display is unlike anything I've seen, with magical moments taking your breath away at every turn...As for the cast, it's perfection, down to every member of the huge ensemble. The show really belongs to the impeccable performances of Clemmett's Albus and Boyle's Scorpius...The production somehow has the feel of a musical...It's not to be missed." Full Review

90
WNYC

“The gang's back together, and Harry, Hermione, and Ron are just as delightful as they ever were...The result is thrilling, thanks in part to enchanting stagecraft...There are events on stage that seem impossible, and effects that are simply astonishing...But the reason this show is magical is not just due to theater wizardry. It's also because the themes at its heart are moving ones." 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

90
The Stage (UK)

"It remains utterly gripping and entirely original in its own right...Tiffany’s urgent, theatrical production is a continuing marvel, boasting absolutely brilliant effects but always remaining foregrounded in the storytelling...At this show’s heart is its humanity, and how it poignantly addresses themes of parental legacy, loss and regret. This is why – beyond all the hype...this Broadway production looks sure to replicate the stratospheric success it has enjoyed in the West End." Full Review

90
StageZine

"It will always be known as the theatrical masterpiece that redefined how high-tech special effects should be done for the stage, but it is not merely a tour de force because of a bag of Broadway magic tricks. This is a classic saga of parents and children and the things in life threatening to tear them apart...They have taken beloved characters from Ms. Rowling’s popular franchise of books and films and created a stage book that is accessible to everyone." Full Review

90
ZEALnyc

“A fluid and brisk production...The physical production is downright resplendent...There’s magic aplenty...The tricks never upstage the action, nor do they become the sole reason for the show’s existence...Beyond the physical production, the play’s biggest asset is its ability to make us care about these characters...The story is intricate and surprising, but it’s never confusing...A far cry from your typical Broadway brand extension, and in many ways...an improvement over the quality of the ... Full Review

90
Deadline

"A marvel, a shape-shifting play that effortlessly incorporates music and choreographed movement, classic storytelling and fresh perspectives...This tale of whatever happened to The Boy Who Lived feels bracingly, piercingly new...Melding intricate, spellbinding storytelling with stagecraft that brings classic illusions into line with the demands of audiences used to all sorts of convincing special effects...The play adeptly weaves together storylines and the familiar Potter characters." Full Review


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

See it if you have read any of the books or any of the movies. It brings the world of Harry Potter to life

Don't see it if don't like Harry Potter or fantasy

100
Entertaining, Enchanting, Clever, Masterful, Refreshing

See it if You like Harry Potter, you like on stage mysteries, and absorbing plots.

Don't see it if You hate Harry and friends, can not follow twisting plot points, or are scared of special effects.

100
Absorbing, Enchanting, Entertaining, Masterful, Must see

See it if You want to see real magic on stage and be transported to the magical Potter world!

Don't see it if There’s no reason not to see this play. It’s better than it should be wether you’re a potter fan or not!

100
Enchanting, Great staging, Great acting, Clever, Entertaining

See it if you like plays that capture your attention from beginning to end. loved the set, lighting and acting.

Don't see it if I thought it was better to see all in 1 day, so if you can't sit for long periods of time this may not be for you.

100
Enchanting, Entertaining, Great acting, Epic, Great staging

See it if You are in the mood to have your mind blown by the magic that occurs on stage! This production is everything!!!

Don't see it if If you are not ready to sit through two shows, both Botha are very entertaining but it is a longer day spent at the theatre.

100
Absorbing, Great staging, Must see, Riveting, Masterful

See it if You are a Harry Potter fan. Even if you are not, this play is so unbelievably staged and performed that you won’t be disappointed.

Don't see it if You hate all things Harry Potter.

Also We sat all of the way up in the balcony, yet still had a great experie... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great writing, Masterful

See it if magical or Muggle, you love to be absorbed in a 1st class production on every level: great story, sets, & performances with WOW sfx!

Don't see it if teenage heroes overcoming self-doubt to find a way to survive, Anglophilia & Shakespearean accents, magical realism are not your thing

Also I was a lucky "Friday Forty" lottery winner! It really lives up to the... Read more Read less

100
Must see, Masterful, Riveting, Great staging, Pure magic!

See it if you want to be spellbound by the production- hard to believe you're not watching a movie at times! Innovative, witty, original & must see!

Don't see it if you haven't read all 7 Harry Potter books or at least seen all the movies- prior knowledge of the series is required to understand the plot.

Also WOW - totally worth the 5 hours 15 min. run time. Never been more amaz... Read more Read less

100
Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful, Must see

See it if You want to see the best thing on Broadway. This is a show that will leave you gasping for air as you are blown away. Special effects are A+

Don't see it if There is no reason not to see this show. Even if you don’t like Harry Potter the staging and effects will blow you away.

100
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Exquisite

See it if It’s good

Don't see it if You’re bad

100
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Enchanting, Ambitious

See it if You love Harry Potter. You love good acting. You want to be enchanted.

Don't see it if you don't appreciate talent and theatre

100
Enchanting, Absorbing, Masterful, Must see, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy a beautiful play. Or if you're a HP fan. If you're not, you will be after this...

Don't see it if You are not into a 2 part show. (The Scottish and even some English accents are highly disappointing in the Broadway production.)

100
Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging, Great writing

See it if Magical! If you love Harry Potter, this is the show for you. I recommend going in without reading the play first, for maximum surprise!

Don't see it if If you haven't read Harry Potter, don't see this show.

100
Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Must see, Masterful

See it if This show is MAGICAL! I promised to keep the secrets so I can’t give anything away but truly magic on stage!

Don't see it if You’ve never read of scene the Harry Potter Books or movies you will ha e a hard time following this.

100
Ambitious, Enchanting, Epic, Great staging, Must see

See it if You love the magic, or Harry Potter, or immersive experiences. I can't say more for I must #KeepTheSecrets.

Don't see it if If you expect musical theater or carbon copies of the movies.

100
Riveting, Masterful, Great staging, Exquisite, Enchanting

See it if You’re a fan of HP

Don't see it if You think Harry Potter is the devil’s work

100
Ambitious, Great acting, Absorbing, Must see

See it if You like great acting, a strong story and incredible on-stage visual effects. It all comes together perfectly.

Don't see it if You really don't like Harry Potter.

100
Enchanting, Entertaining, Ambitious, Masterful, Must see

See it if If you love HP, you will love this. The stagecraft is brilliant. The score is also brilliant.

Don't see it if Don't see this if you are drunk.

100
Absorbing, Clever, Epic, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You love Harry Potter and/or epic staging and theater. It's pure spectacle from beginning to end of both parts.

Don't see it if You cant keep a secret

100
Ambitious, Epic, Must see, Masterful, Great acting

See it if The staging, the story, the actors, the details! Amazing show!

Don't see it if You can’t suspend disbelief

100
Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Must see

See it if you love the Harry Potter stories and want to see absolutely amazing special affects. The story is also riviting and clever.

Don't see it if you don't like the stories and are drawn to more traditional theatre.

100
Masterful, Must see, Riveting

See it if you enjoy Harry Potter, plays that are riveting, magical and allow you to escape the real world.

Don't see it if you hate Harry Potter, or if you like more of a simple play with a basic set and plot.

100
Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny

See it if If you are a Harry Potter fan, this is a must see! If you love enchanting theater, this is a must see. It was absolutely amazing.

Don't see it if The two parts are long but absorbing. If you don't want to invest the time, do not see this show.

100
Absorbing, Must see, Riveting, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if you love the magic of theater. This is a play you will never forget. I loved every minute. While it is long, it never feels that way.

Don't see it if you can't sit still for long periods of time.

100
Clever, Entertaining, Exquisite, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You have ever had any interest in Harry Potter.

Don't see it if You don't like to be entertained and amazed.



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