Pottermore has announced that talks are under way to bring the two-part stage play, which premiered in July in London’s West End, to the Lyric Theatre in New York City.
“It feels like we’ve only just opened it in London but it’s a beautiful feeling being the custodians of this great work – the custodians on behalf of fans,” producer Sonia Friedman said. “We know we need to bring it to New York as soon as we possibly can.”
The news comes as the “Harry Potter” spinoff “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” written by J.K. Rowling herself, passes $500 million at the global box office after two weeks of release. Directed by “Harry Potter” veteran David Yates, the Warner Bros. film is intended to launch a sprawling five-movie series starring Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne as magizoologist Newt Scamander.
Written by Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, “Cursed Child” picks up 19 years after the epilogue of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” and follows Harry, now an employee with the Ministry of Magic, and his son Albus, a student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The play is considered the official eighth “Harry Potter” story.
The Lyric Theatre, which will be remodeled in time for the show, will be reconfigured by 1,900 seats to “a more intimate” 1,500 “to accommodate the dramatic look and feel of “Cursed Child.'”
‘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 theater being created especially for the ‘Cursed Child,’ overseen by designer Christine [Jones] and our director John Tiffany,” Friedman said. “We are still subject to planning, but assuming we get the go ahead, we will have the theater of our dreams that will be intimate enough for a drama, yet big enough for us to follow in the footsteps of the London production and continue to provide low-priced tickets throughout the auditorium.”
“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” has earned critical acclaim during its London run. The script book, published in July, sold more than 2 million copies in the United States and Canada during its first two weeks of release.
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