Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Makes Plans to Hit Broadway in 2018

Image: Associated Press
Image: Associated Press

Not that a play on Broadway is any more accessible for most people than one in the West End, but at least we finally know when and where Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is headed.


The plan is for the show to open in the Lyric Theater in thespring of 2018, right after the Lyric is completely remodeled to accommodate the production, which is, by all accounts, very elaborate. The theater will go from having 1,900 seats to having 1,500.

“When the redesigned Lyric was presented to us as an idea and what the possibilities could be, we re-thought the whole thing and totally fell in love with the notion of a theatre being created especially for the Cursed Child, overseen by designer Christine and our director John Tiffany,” said producer Sonia Friedman. Of course, that’s all assuming they get the requisite permits to make the theater changes.

The new space will also allow the Cursed Child team to create an experience that is similar to, but not just a recreation, of the one currently on stage in London. That said, one thing they are keeping is a ticketing plan that provides low-priced seats throughout the space. So, Potter fans who haven’t made plans to go to London in the next year, consider New York in 2018.


Katharine is the Associate Director of Policy and Activism at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the former managing editor of io9. She writes about technology policy and pop culture.


Meh. I read the play and while it was nostalgic, it really doesn’t hold up to closer examination and discussion. This should go away quietly and allow Fantastic Beasts to run full throttle. That series has legs (lots of them, like spiders or something).