One week on: Cursed Child previews begin on Broadway

Fans queue up in the dark for preview tickets for Cursed Child on Broadway
Photo by Dorothy Hong.

It’s been one week since Harry Potter and the Cursed Child began preview performances in New York. So how’s everything been in the past seven days? Well, pretty busy...

From slick Vogue photoshoots to Saturday street parties, New York has had an incredible time celebrating the first performances of Cursed Child on Broadway. While we’re still only in early previews, the Cursed Child team have been bringing the magic to the Big Apple in many different ways this week. Here are just a few of the things they’ve been up to in the past seven days...

Noma Dumezweni meets Cursed Child fans outside the Lyric Theatre
Photo by Dorothy Hong.

A 10-hour street party

On Saturday 10 March, Cursed Child fans flocked to 43rd Street, lining up in an orderly (or should that be disorderly?) fashion outside Lyric Theatre’s box office for the chance to snap up over a thousand tickets to the very first preview performances of Parts One and Two for just $20 per part. To keep morale up as the hours wore on from 8am to 6pm, many, many cups of coffee, hot chocolate, doughnuts and pizza were handed out for the keen ticket-grabbers, and even the cast themselves came out to say hello while on a break from their busy rehearsal schedule.

And good things come to those who wait: the lucky fans who waited in line got to see the first-ever Cursed Child preview shows on Broadway last weekend – and even made new friends in those 10 hours they spent waiting. Blub.

Fans gather their wristbands after queuing up for the first slew of preview shows for Cursed Child on Broadway
Photo by Dorothy Hong

A lavish photoshoot

Esteemed portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz, who has snapped the likes of Queen Elizabeth II and John Lennon, has captured the Cursed Child cast in an exquisite new photoshoot for Vogue. Sorry Colin Creevey, we think Harry Potter’s hanging out with the big leagues now.

A brand-new theatre

And, of course, with a brand-new production of Cursed Child comes a theatre with a brand-new look.

The Lyric Theatre, which lives on 43rd Street in Manhattan, has been redesigned by Christine Jones and Brett J Banakis, and is now adorned with gorgeous Harry Potter imagery on the insides, including beautiful Patronus portraits by artist Peter Strain.

Fan poses outside Patronus Wall, situated in the Lyric Theatre for Cursed Child on Broadway
Photo by Manuel Harlan

First-ever Broadway performances

Oh! And the most exciting thing of all – performances of Cursed Child have officially started, with audiences stepping inside the beautiful new Lyric Theatre to see some of the first-ever New York shows.

Inevitably, after the first previews… the Company celebrated with cake. Quite right, too.

Cursed Child Broadway celebrates opening previews with cake
Photo by Jeremy Daniel

And that’s just the beginning…

After all that activity in only one week, the Cursed Child excitement keeps on going, with previews continuing for the next few weeks until the play officially opens on 22 April. If you’re US-based, tickets are released regularly in person at the box office, or via the official website and Ticketmaster, so keep checking in.

And don’t forget the Friday Forty opens every Friday at specifically 12.01am (Eastern Time), where you can enter for the chance to buy tickets for the next week’s performances for just $20 per part ($40 total).

If you’re UK-based, remember that the London production for Cursed Child continues – there’s still a couple of months left to catch the current cast, and at the end of May, Cursed Child enters its third year at the Palace Theatre in the West End, complete with a brand-new Harry. You can read all the details about that here.

More tickets will be released for the London shows on 5 April, so keep your eyes open.

And for any more information on Cursed Child either here at home, or across the pond, check out the official website.