Everything you need to know about Harry Potter play The Cursed Child

From the plot and how to get tickets to when it opens on the West End, here's your essential guide to the show that lived!

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After months of waiting and anticipating, we FINALLY know everything there is to know about Harry Potter and The Cursed Child!

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It opens at the close…

The play begins where the seventh book ended, following Harry’s son Albus Severus in a new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany.

“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”, the official synopsis reads.

“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.”

Who’ll be in it?

Casting details have yet to be confirmed but we know that more than 30 people will feature as the play comes to life in two parts.

About those two parts…

The ideal way to see the show is in two parts on the same day (matinee and evening) or on two consecutive evenings.

The timetable is as follows:  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.

On Thursdays there will be an evening performance of Part One and on Fridays an evening performance of Part Two. On those days tickets to each part can be bought together or separately.

Monday – no performance
Tuesday – no performance
Wednesday – 2pm Part One & 7.30pm Part Two
Thursday – 7.30pm Part One
Friday – 7.30pm Part Two
Saturday – 2pm Part One & 7.30pm Part Two
Sunday – 1pm Part One & 6.30pm Part Two

When will it open?

The first previews are on June 7th 2016 (check the official website for the schedule) while the official Opening performances of Part One and Part Two will be on Saturday 30th July 2016 Saturday 30 July 2016 at 2pm and 7.30pm.

There are also four special preview performances planned for the end of May 2016 – details of where and how to obtain these tickets will be announced at a later date.

Here’s Pottermore’s visual guide to seeing both parts

How much will tickets cost?

Demand for tickets will be incredibly high – it would take more than a hundred years for EVERY SINGLE FAN to see it after all – but the producers of the show want to make it as accessible as possible so there will be reduced preview tickets starting at £10 per part (that’s £20 for the two shows), regular tickets will start at £15 per part and there’ll also be weekly and daily lotteries.

Here’s the full run down:

Previews: £20, £50, £80 or £100 for a seat for both Part One and Part Two of the play; £10, £25, £40 or £50 if bought separately.

Performances after opening from 3 August 2016: £30, £70, £100 or £130 for a seat for both Part One and Part Two of the play; £15, £35, £50 or £65 if bought separately.

Weekly Lottery: Every Friday at 1pm, there will be a weekly release online of 20 tickets for each performance. These will be for the following week’s performances and situated in the stalls. Tickets will be £30 during previews and £40 after the show opens to purchase a seat for both Part One and Part Two.

Day Lottery: There will be a daily ticket lottery, with 20 tickets in the stalls at £30 during previews and £40 after the show opens to purchase a seat for both Part One and Part Two. These will be available in person at the Palace Theatre box office on the day of the performance.

And how do I book them?

Tickets for the first four months of performances, including previews (7 June – 18 September 2016) will go on sale online only at 11am GMT on 28 October 2015 on a first come first served basis to all who registered for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child priority booking on the official website HarryPotterthePlay.com.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public, online only, on 30 October 2015 at 11am GMT.

“It is very exciting to explore Harry’s world in a brand new way through the live form of theatre. Collaborating on this story is exhilarating for all of us and we can’t wait to present the eighth story at the Palace Theatre next summer”, J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany said.

“The story only exists because the right group of people came together with a brilliant idea about how to present Harry Potter on stage. 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.” Rowling added.

Thorne, who was charged with writing the new show said it presented him with an amazing opportunity: “As a massive fan of the books it is an enormous responsibility but it also means I have the opportunity to work with J.K. Rowling, which is a huge honour.”

For the schedule of preview performances from 7 June to 3 July 2016, please see the official website HarryPotterthePlay.com

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The show is suitable for ages 10 and up.