Harry Potter and the Cursed Child details released

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child promotional artwork

Stage show Harry Potter and the Cursed Child from JK Rowling will focus on a grownup wizard and his son, Albus Severus, who is believed to be the “cursed child” of the title.

Catching up with Harry after the events in the two Deathly Hallows movies, we will find him working for the Ministry of Magic in early middle age as an Auror.

Synopsis

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

Albus Severus Potter
Albus Severus Potter was played by Arthur Bowen in the Deathly Hallows movies

Albus Severus, Harry and Ginny’s middle child, was named after two Hogwarts headmasters, Dumbledore and Snape.

Like the final movies, the story by JK Rowling will be split into two parts, due to its “epic” nature, and is considered “canon” in the Harry Potter universe.

The plays are designed to be seen either on consecutive nights or the same day, matinee and evening performance.

“The story only exists because the right group of people came together with a brilliant idea about how to present Harry Potter on stage,” Rowling said. “I’m confident that when audiences see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child they will understand why we chose to tell this story in this way.”

The play will premiere at London’s West End Palace Theatre next summer.

Anyone who has registered for priority booking can buy their tickets on the 28th October with public booking beginning two days later on 30th October. Reduced price previews will begin in late May.

Preview tickets cost £10 and post-opening tickets just £15. 250 tickets will be available at £20 or less per performance and reduced price lottery tickets will be available for each night.

Previews begin 7 June 2016 with the opening performances of Part One and Part Two on Saturday 30 July 2016.

On Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays there will be a matinee performance of Part One and an evening performance of Part Two. For the initial on sale period, one ticket will automatically secure the same seat for both Part One and Part Two on the same day.

For subsequent booking periods, tickets for Wednesday matinee and Wednesday evening performances can be bought together or separately. Details of when Saturday and Sunday performances of Parts One and Part Two can be bought separately will be announced at a later date.