Theater Round-Up: A ‘Cursed Child’ Benefit Performance and More!


Nov 06, 2017

Posted by: Dawn Johnson

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In this week’s theater news, Harry Potter fans have the opportunity to purchase tickets to a special performance of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Girl From the North Country, starring Shirley Henderson and Ciarán Hinds, moves to a new theater and begins a winter run, and Jack Thorne’s latest drama, Kiri, for Channel 4 airs a first look at the thriller!

A Cursed Child Benefit Performance


Broadway World announced that there will be a New 42nd Street Gala and Benefit Performance of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on May 12, 2018. Funds raised from the event will support the Education Programs of The New Victory Theater.

Each Benefit Performance ticket includes:

~Tickets to Parts One and Two of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 

~Listings in the Gala and New Victory program books for the 2017-18 theater season

~Charitable donation to the education programs of The New Victory Theater

Ticket prices are as follows:

DRESS CIRCLE – $1,750 each ($1,152 charitable donation)

SIDE ORCHESTRA – $1,500 each ($1,102 charitable donation)

DRESS CIRCLE – $1,500 each ($1,102 charitable donation)

DRESS CIRCLE BOX – $1,500 each ($1,102 charitable donation)

REAR ORCHESTRA – $1,000 each ($670 charitable donation)

REAR DRESS CIRCLE – $1,000 each ($670 charitable donation)

FRONT BALCONY – $1,000 each ($740 charitable donation)

BALCONY BOX – $1,000 each ($740 charitable donation

Broadway World notes that seats for the performances will be allocated based on the order in which the benefit tickets are purchased. Purchase your tickets to this incredible charity event HERE!

Girl From the North Country Heads to Noël Coward Theatre 


After a successful first run at the Old Vic, Girl From the North Country, starring Shirley Henderson (Moaning Myrtle) as Elizabeth and Ciarán Hinds (Aberforth Dumbledore) as Nick, heads to the Noël Coward Theatre. Early performances begin Dec. 29, though the official run opens Jan. 11, 2018.

According to Playbill, many other original cast members will join Henderson and Hines in reprising their roles, including Sheila Atim (Marianne), Bronagh Gallagher (Mrs. Burke), Claudia Jolly (Katherine), Arinzé Kene (Joe Scott), Debbie Kurup (Mrs. Neilsen), Sam Reid (Gene Laine), and Jack Shalloo (Elias).

Newcomer to the production are David Ganly (Mr. Burke), Adam James (Dr. Walker), Karl Johnson (Mr. Perry), Tim McMullan (Rev. Walker) and ensemble cast members Hannah Azuonye, Mary Doherty, and Emmanuel Kojo.

The musical is written and directed by Conor McPherson and draws from Bob Dylan’s iconic catalogue. It is set in Duluth, Minnesota, Dylan’s hometown, in the year 1934, and brings “to life the tales of a local community on the brink of change.”

Henderson, specifically, plays a woman fighting dementia, and her portrayal already won her a nomination for Best Actress in a New Production of a Play from the Broadway World UK Awards.

This latest West End run will go through Mar. 31, and fans of theater and Henderson should take the extended opportunity to see her at work!

First Trailer for Jack Thorne’s Kiri 


Writer Jack Thorne has been incredibly prolific of late! Not only is he well known for the award-winning productions Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and National Treasure, but he’s also been tapped to pen the new made-for-TV musical drama The Eddy, called upon to take up the epic task of rewriting Star Wars Episode IX , partnered with Channel 4 to create to 2019 four-part drama The Virtues, and teamed with award-winning writers to adapt The Children’s Monologues premiering at Carnegie Hall Nov. 13.

Now a first look at his new four-part thriller for Channel 4, Kiri, has aired. The trailer features series star Sarah Lancashire, who plays Miriam, a social worker embroiled in a police investigation after a child disappears on her watch.

Radio Times recalled Thorne’s comments on the subject matter, which hits remarkably close to home for him:

“My Mum spent most of her life in the caring professions and I’ve always wanted to find a way of examining the pressures they are put under. I’m so grateful as always for the bravery and brilliance of Channel 4 in being prepared to look these issues in the face.”

Kiri can be seen on Channel 4 and Hulu in 2018. Watch the trailer below!

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