“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” the next chapter of our Hogwarts friends’ stories, opened as a play in London last summer. As the first full Potter-related story since 2007’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, fans eagerly awaited the production’s debut, which was met by positive reviews from British theater critics.
And now, the award-winning production is coming to Broadway.
Earlier today, Harry Potter Theatrical Productions announced that the play will be performed stateside beginning in April 2018 at New York City’s Lyric Theatre. Tickets will go on sale this fall, but the total wait time to see Harry and co. on stage will be almost a year. Sorry, Potterheads.
The play’s story is set 19 years after Rowling’s seventh book in the “Potter” series, in which Harry and the Order of the Phoenix triumph over Voldemort’s army. Now, Harry, Ron, Hermione and Ginny have children of their own, and those children are readying themselves to set off for Hogwarts.
The original cast included Jamie Parker as Harry Potter, Noma Dumezweni as Hermione Granger-Weasley, and Cherrelle Skeete as Rose Granger-Weasley. The decision to cast actresses of color in the roles of Hermione and Rose drew criticism with fans, citing adherence to canon as their objection. But, as HuffPost reporter Claire Fallon pointed out last summer, these outcries were primarily about race, not accuracy to the original stories.
According to the “Cursed Child” press release, casting for the U.S. production of the play “will be announced in the coming months.” (Auditions for the Broadway play were held last February.)
The good news is, if you’d like to brush up on the story ― which was released in book format, but not as a novelization, by Scholastic last summer ― you have plenty of time.