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‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ to debut national tour in Chicago

This will be the first-ever touring production of the play.

Angela Reed as Ginny Potter, Steve Haggard as Harry Potter, Karen Janes Woditsch as Professor McGonagall and Aaron Bartz as Draco Malfoy in the Broadway staging of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” (Credit: Matthew Murphy)

The first national tour of the 2018 Tony Award-winning Best Play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” will begin in Chicago. The production will play the James M. Nederlander Theatre, with previews scheduled to begin on Sept. 10, 2024, ahead of an opening night set for Sept. 26. “Cursed Child” will continue for a 21-week engagement through Feb. 1, 2025.

While the play has been seen in sit-down engagements throughout the world, this production will mark the first-ever tour of the play, which is currently in performances at Broadway’s Lyric Theatre. A sequel to J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” novels, “Cursed Child” follows a grown-up Harry Potter and his son, Albus, who befriends the son of his father’s fiercest rival, Draco Malfoy — which sparks a new journey for them all.

“Developing a first-class touring production of ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ has long been an ambition of ours,” said producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender in a statement. “We are delighted that our wonderful and deeply gifted creative team [has] found a way to make it possible to bring the magic, spectacle and thrills of our astonishing show to audiences across North America, and we can’t wait for audiences to see it.”

Based on an original story by Rowling,  Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, “Cursed Child” is written by  Thorne and features Tony-winning direction by Tiffany with Tony-nominated movement by  Steven Hoggett. A Tony-winning design team includes scenic designer  Christine Jones, costume designer Katrina Lindsay, lighting designer Neil Austin and sound designer  Gareth Fry. The play features music and arrangements by  Imogen Heap, illusions and magic by Jamie Harrison and music supervision/arrangements by  Martin Lowe.

Casting, by Jim Carnahan, and additional tour stops, will be announced.

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