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‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ becomes fifth-longest-running play in Broadway history

“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” surpasses 1978’s “Deathtrap.”

(L-R) Daniel Fredrick, Cara Ricketts, Angela Reed, Steve Haggard and Aaron Bartz in “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” on Broadway, 2023 (Credit: Matthew Murphy)

In reaching more than 1,793 performances, at the May 21 performance, the Tony Award-winning Broadway play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” surpassed 1978’s “Deathtrap” to become the fifth-longest-running play in Broadway history.

The other longest-running Broadway plays include 1977’s “Gemini” (#4), 1922’s “Abie's Irish Rose” (#3), 1933’s “Tobacco Road” (#2) and 1939’s “Life with Father” (#1). “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” began previews on March 16, 2018, and opened on April 18 at Broadway’s Lyric Theatre, where it currently runs.

Based on an original story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” is a play by Thorne, directed by Tiffany. It envisions the Harry Potter character of Rowling’s novels as he enters parenthood. The story sees Potter’s headstrong son, Albus, befriend the son of Harry’s fiercest rival, Draco Malfoy, which sparks a new journey for them all.

“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” has the unique distinction of being named by the Guinness Book of World Records as the highest-grossing non-musical play in Broadway history with over $330 million total sales and over 2.583 million tickets sold.

A comprehensive list of Broadway’s record-setting long-runners is available here.

“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” is produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, Colin Callender and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions.