Producers of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child plan on bringing the play to Broadway in 2018

By Sam Gillette
Updated December 02, 2016 02:52 PM
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American fans of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child may no longer have to buy a plane ticket to watch the West End play that’s adored by fans and critics alike. Producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender are in talks with Ambassador Theatre Group to bring the hit to Broadway in the spring of 2018, J.K. Rowling’s Pottermore website announced on Thursday.

“The moment we opened in the West End, the inevitable question was ‘when are you going to Broadway?’ ” Friedman said in a statement. “We know we need to bring it to New York as soon as we possibly can.”

The play — which is a sequel set 19 years after the end of Rowling’s Harry Potter bookseries and is based on original writing by Rowling — will be performed at the Lyric Theatre in New York City. But this is no normal production.

According to Pottermore, the theater will be completely remodeled to create a more intimate atmosphere.

“The hope is that this theatre will have its own soul and its own identity,” said Christine Jones, the designer behind the aesthetic in London and now, New York. “[It’s] very much a New York theatre from the period and not just a recreation of what was made in London.”

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For many Potterheads, seeing the play will be the final end of a story that they first delved into 15 years ago. (Though the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them suggests there’s still much to explore in the Potter universe.)

And Rowling, along with the play’s writer, Jack Thorne, and its director, John Tiffany, are as eager as the fans to bring Harry Potter and the Cursed Child to the U.S.

“They are very, very happy,” Friedman said in a statement. “John is going to be crucial and very, very involved with Christine and the rest of the design team on the look, feel, aesthetic and overall feel of the theatre. Jack can’t wait to see it, and Jo is fully, fully supportive of the whole venture. Our three Js are as great as ever.”