Open run | 2h 40m | Midtown W

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (NYC)

From 1,430 member  reviews
Members say: Great staging, Enchanting, Entertaining, Absorbing, 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 (1430)


Great staging, Enchanting, Entertaining, Absorbing, Clever

Scammy ticketing, over-hyped

See it if If you are a Potter groupie, you will probably feel compelled to see this overlong episode, but it is not very good theater.

Don't see it if You have to enter your credit card before you find out which bad seats you are buying. It is quite a scam. I recommend you skip it.

Also There are definitely some entertaining moments, but on the whole , the... Read more Read less

Loud, overrated, excruciating, frenetic. i gave away my ticket to part 2.

See it if you love everything harry potter & don't mind seeing an overly-busy, over-miked, flashy, superficial show performed in a cavernous theater.

Don't see it if you're hoping for anything resembling convincing human interactions and honest performances.

Cliched, Confusing, Disappointing, Insipid

See it if You had better be a real fan.

Don't see it if It's unfortunate

Also It's unfortunate that the director of Harry Potter and the Cursed Chil... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Overrated, Excruciating, Dizzying, Confusing

See it if You really like Harry Potter or have a lot of time

Don't see it if You don’t want to sit through 6 hours or not really into Harry Potter

Also Not sure how this won best play but first off, it was long. Had I knew... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Overrated, Slow

See it if You are a huge fan of the books.

Don't see it if are just casual fans of the books.

Disappointing, Cliched, Banal, Confusing, Dizzying

See it if Children will like it. There are some clever magical sequences.

Don't see it if The acting is poor and corny. The actors are difficult to understand.

Refreshing, Great staging, Slow, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if If you are a kid who loves magic or an adult who would prefer visual effects over good acting. Great staging, OK music, magic all around

Don't see it if I spent over $500 for two tickets for 2 parts, and fell asleep at least a few times (and I love HP!). Bad acting, boring plot, cheap thrills

Slow, Disappointing, Long

See it if You like amusement park shows and don't mind paying for 2 tickets per person to sit for 8 hours.

Don't see it if You value your time.

Overrated, Disappointing, Banal

See it if you want to see technical display in a cynical exercise meant to relieve theater-going families of a week's salary.

Don't see it if you are interested in complex, moving characters and stories.

Overrated, Excruciating, Ambitious, Dizzying, Disappointing

See it if You haven’t seen harry potter (actually, just don’t see it, it’s horrible writing.)

Don't see it if You’re paying for this and enjoy good writing.

Cliched, Confusing, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow

See it if you're a big HP fan, just want to be able to say you've seen it, and/or you have a lot of time and money to throw around.

Don't see it if You care about good writing or a story that is interesting/makes sense.

Also I'm sad to give this critical review because there actually *are* some... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Slow, Overrated

See it if Only if you are an avid potter slow! But the magic was magical

Don't see it if You are not a potter fan

Slow, Overrated, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if .. I would not tell anyone to see this show

Don't see it if If you have any expectations at all

Also I have read all the books more than once, have the Blu-rays.. seen eve... Read more Read less

Excruciating, Overrated, Confusing, Dizzying, Disappointing

See it if If you are a hardcore fan of Harry Potter, if you enjoy special effects, and if you have extra 6 hours

Don't see it if You are looking for acting, rather than creaming and commotion on stage.The plot is overwhelming, confusing, with major abuse of time travel

Banal, Slow, Overrated, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if You want to spend $400+ for a fantastic two-night nap.

Don't see it if you are expecting a wonderful world of wizardry because you will not see that; often boring and very predictable.

Confusing, Slow, Overrated, Insipid, Disappointing

See it if You have time and money to loose.

Don't see it if Boring....Unnecessary long and expensive, absence of magic and music that is expected, not meet the expectations.

During previews
Banal, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow, Great special effects

See it if Spectacle and special effects suffice for a day's entertainment.

Don't see it if You're bothered by a first act that's entirely expository.

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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