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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Members say: Great staging, Enchanting, Entertaining, Must see, Absorbing

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.

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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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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


"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

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

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

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


"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

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


“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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


“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

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


"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


"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


“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 improvement over the quality of the ... Full Review


"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

Enchanting, Epic, Intelligent, Must see, Great staging

See it if you love Harry Potter, love seemingly impossible feats of theatre being done with right in front of your eyes

Don't see it if you want a quick and easy show that doesn't last 5+ hours

Enchanting, Epic, Great acting, Must see, Great staging

See it if The show is pure theatrical magic. Loved the performances, loved the staging, loved every single moment. It absolutely lived up to the hype.

Don't see it if Go see it!

Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Epic, Exquisite

See it if You are a big Harry Potter Fan and even if you are not the play wraps you in. It's a great story that takes you on a roller coaster!!

Don't see it if You need to see it❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Absorbing, Enchanting, Great staging

See it if You were a lover of Harry Potter and want to see the next part. Even if you didn't like the book/script, you will feel differently now.

Don't see it if You aren't an HP fan who is willing to at least read the Playbill before the show starts.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you appreciate THEATRE and all facets - acting/Staging/lighting/script/ you want to know what those hogwart kids are up to

Don't see it if can't commit to long play - you cant keep a secret / - it's just a GREAT . PRODUCTION

Enchanting, Great acting, Masterful, Great writing, Great staging


Don't see it if ...

Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Riveting, Great staging

See it if You want a fully engaging story that makes you laugh, cry, gasp, and experience a whole range of emotions. Masterfully done show.

Don't see it if You're a very small child or you can't be in a theatre for an extended amount of time. Everyone else should see it.

Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Masterful

See it if you love Harry Potter and are looking to be completely absorbed in a show.

Don't see it if you don't want to spend almost a whole day in the theater - it's a big time commitment to see the whole thing in one day.

Absorbing, Enchanting, Masterful, Great staging, Magical

See it if You like Harry Potter. If you don't mind being in the theater for a LONG time. If you like cool effects.

Don't see it if You don't like Harry Potter. If you want a quick show. If you like simple productions.

Absorbing, Enchanting, Masterful, Must see, Great staging

See it if You are a fan of the "Harry Potter" books/films; if you wish to see some of the most incredible staging in recent memory

Don't see it if You don't have prior knowledge of the characters/events in the "Harry Potter" franchise; if you seek small, intimate theater

Absorbing, Epic, Must see, Great staging, Magical

See it if You are fan of the Harry Potter universe and want to experience theatre like you've never experienced before.

Don't see it if You dislike plays, especially those broken in two parts (totaling 5 hours), or if you are not a fan of Harry Potter.

Also With a vow to keep the secrets, I will not give away any of the magic ... Read more Read less

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

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!

Funny, Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Must see

See it if You want to be dazzled by stage craft and be transported to a magical world. I've gone twice and it warrants repeated viewings! Love it! Go!

Don't see it if You don't like Harry Potter or the thought of a combined almost 6 hours between the 2 parts seems like a LOT.

Funny, Delightful, Enchanting, Masterful, Must see

See it if you want to see one of the best things ever on broadway. If you love HP or even if you don't. DO NOT MISS THIS.

Don't see it if there is no reason not to see it. GO AND SEE IT.

Clever, Exquisite, Must see, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if One of the best plays I have ever scene. Great family show. Magic is magnificent

Don't see it if If you aren’t a fan of Harry Potter, you might be lost with the jargon. Definitely a must see

Clever, Delightful, Masterful, Must see, Quirky

See it if Exciting, mystifying special effects and magic, riveting as long as you have some knowledge about Harry Potter and the characters.

Don't see it if You know nothing about the books /movies or characters.

Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Masterful, Must see

See it if You’ve read/seen the books/movies. As a fan, this was the greatest show I have ever seen-it exceeded every expectation, it was truly magical

Don't see it if You hate fiction, or the books. I would recommend reading all of the books before seeing, but not the cursed child book, keep it a surprise

Masterful, Must see, Flawless

See it if You enjoy Harry Potter and shows that have AMAZING special effects!

Don't see it if You don't like Harry Potter/don't know Harry Potter because you won't understand/like it.

Enchanting, Masterful, Must see

See it if you love Harry Potter.

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

Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if If you are a fan of the movies and books you will be wildly entertained.

Don't see it if You dont like Science Fiction or fantasy and did,not read the books or see some of the films. See 1 and 4 to prepare.

Enchanting, Great acting, Masterful, Must see, Great staging

See it if You love stage craft at its highest level. Magical in the truest sense. I sat in the balcony and was still entranced.

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

Delightful, Enchanting, Masterful, Great staging, Magical

See it if you are a Harry Potter fan. You'll love it, I promise. It's (for lack of a better word) MAGICAL to see it come to life on stage!

Don't see it if you don't know the HP world. You might be a little lost, but the stage magic will still be quite a sight even if you don't get the plot.

Dizzying, Enchanting, Intense, Masterful, Must see

See it if You like theater that you feel in your bones - that enchants you, enthralls you, and leaves you with a feeling you haven’t felt in a while

Don't see it if You don’t have the attention span to sit through a long play. Even though it flies by, it’s a long one.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Enchanting, Must see, Spellbinding

See it if you want the most technically intricate show ever produced in (really) the history of theatre. It's cathartic and so emotionally strong.

Don't see it if you aren't willing to pay the monster prices for both parts. It's only truly enjoyed if you see both part 1 and 2.

Clever, Enchanting, Masterful, Must see, Great staging

See it if Stagecraft is exceptional, story is engaging, particularly if you’ followed the Harry Potter books or movies.

Don't see it if You hate Harry Potter or only like musicals.

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