Harry Potter and the Cursed Child cast a spell over audiences and critics alike from the moment it debuted on the London stage, taking fans both old and new back into the wizarding world of JK Rowling’s invention. Through the production of Sonia Friedman, the set design of Christine Jones, the sound magic of Gareth Fry, the inspired writing of Jack Thorne, the direction of John Tiffany, and the brilliant acting of many incredible British actors and actresses, the play is transforming modern theater and winning awards in the process!
Leaky previously reported on Cursed Child’s record-breaking nine wins at the Olivier Awards, including the award for Best New Play, an honor which was unquestionably deserved.
Not only has the play revolutionized what can be achieved on stage and altered audience expectations for the foreseeable future, but it has also introduced a new generation to theater–and managed to hold their attention. No small feat!
In a recent article, the Guardian considered the heart of Cursed Child’s success and impact on the theater scene. It said:
“The reason why Cursed Child is a real winner for theatre is that it draws an audience, many of whom are going to the theatre for the first time, and then doesn’t disappoint them. It gives them an experience that exceeds their expectations and genuinely brings joy – which is a far rarer thing in theatre than we like to admit.
“British theatre has a slight problem around access: it desperately wants younger, more diverse audiences and first-time theatregoers. Yet when it gets them through the door it gets pretty shirty if they are bored or aren’t familiar with all the rules that evolved back in the Edwardian period. What’s important is that, in every case, an engaged and attentive audience is a delighted audience.”