Wednesday 28th Feb 2018
With Harry Potter and the Cursed Child due to premiere on Broadway on 22 April (with previews beginning 16 March), the marquee of the Lyric Theatre has revealed the stunning design that will be greeting theatre-goers during its run.
Anybody who has been to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in London’s West End – or, indeed, anyone who’s simply walked past the Palace Theatre – can testify to the fact that the child sitting in a winged nest on top of the theatre’s marquee is pretty impressive. And so it stands to reason that, for the show’s upcoming run in New York, there’d be a similarly impressive display outside the new main entrance of the refurbished Lyric Theatre on West 43rd Street, Broadway.
The design, which is a spin on the London version with new elements, was created by the show’s set designer, Christine Jones, and international scenic supervisor Brett J Banakis. As you can see from the photo, it’s certainly eye-catching – and huge. In fact, the enormous metal wing that sweeps up the side of the theatre so dramatically is an astonishing 150 feet long and weighs 50,000 pounds!
Meanwhile the iconic nest containing a child now sits high up on top of the theatre, gazing down on the street below. The child inside was hand-carved and hand-painted in the UK by the same team who created the original sculpture for the West End.
‘It is a thrill to have the Lyric as a canvas, both inside and out, for our production,’ say Christine Jones and Brett J Banakis. ‘One of the many gifts the Lyric Theatre provided us with is over 200 feet of frontage on 43rd Street, which includes the beautiful historic facade of the original 1903 building. The producers tasked us with taking advantage of this expanse of space with a visual gesture that relates to the show and connects the old facade with the rest of the newer (1996) facade.
‘We drew inspiration from the wing artwork from the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child poster art, and tried to translate that imagery into a large, metal installation on the side of the building, to serve as a beacon, a gathering spot, and a piece of public sculpture, here in the heart of Times Square.’
So it’s not long now until the first audiences set foot inside the theatre for the first Broadway previews of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which begin on 16 March, with the official opening on 22 April. For more information, go to www.harrypottertheplay.com – and keep an eye on Pottermore for an exciting announcement coming soon…