It’s all well and good telling us to #KeepTheSecrets, but for some of us, said secrets are over 3,000 miles away.
Not for much longer, says official J.K. Rowling website Pottermore. According to them, the stage play based on a story of hers that takes place 19 years after the events of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is definitely, probably, absolutely, on its way to America.
“Hooray!,” we hear you cry. Although, let’s not get too carried away: Tickets are likely to be even harder to get our hands on than Hamilton crossed with one of Willy Wonka’s Golden Tickets.
The play, which runs in two parts that can be watched on the same night or two consecutive evenings, has proved a smash hit in London’s West End, playing to packed-out audiences, and being nominated for and winning multiple awards since opening in July.
The Broadway run is bound to be just as spectacular. Producer Sonia Friedman said a number of New York theaters were considered for the transfer, with the Lyric Theatre on West 42nd Street eventually winning out.
Currently the home of Cirque du Soleil show Paramour, the Lyric will be dramatically reconfigured to accommodate Cursed Child. The New York Times reports the famously cavernous theater will lose a fifth of its 1,900 seats, making it a more intimate space that brings us even closer to Hogwarts.
The new production is also expected to run concurrently with the London production, meaning a new cast will be required to play grown-up versions of Harry, Ron, and Hermione, as well as other beloved characters.
Fewer seats can only mean one thing, of course: Even fewer tickets. Given how successful the play has been in London, however, not to mention the dedication of Harry Potter fans worldwide, it’s expected to have a very long run indeed when it opens in 2018.
Perhaps if we start queueing now, we’ll get tickets before the next decade.
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