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Post 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' licensed for school performances starting in 2024

Schools all around the world can now prep to produce their own stage productions of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, announced Broadway Licensing Group, Sonia Friedman Productions, Colin Callender and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions.

Whether as grand as the official production, or edited to fit a small school play, high school and secondary school productions will be allowed for students to act out their favorite Harry Potter characters, legally for the first time, in front of an audience. The first shows will kick off in U.S. and U.K. schools in 2024.


Broadway Licensing Group, Sonia Friedman Productions, Colin Callender and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions are thrilled to announce an exciting partnership to bring Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the award-winning record-breaking hit play, to high school and secondary school theatre programs worldwide starting in 2024.

Theatre educators can express their interest in staging the production by visiting LicenseCursedChild.com.

Producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender said "We are delighted to be working with Broadway Licensing Group so that schools around the world can stage their own productions of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. We're very proud that over half of the play's audiences worldwide have been first time theatregoers. With this schools version, we hope to broaden that audience even further by introducing younger generations to the magic of live theatre. We can't wait to see how students embrace their creativity and bring the magic of the wizarding world to life on their school stages. It's extremely exciting for us all."

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the first Harry Potter story to be presented on stage, has sold over 6 million tickets worldwide and holds a record 60 major honors, with nine Laurence Olivier Awards including Best New Play and six Tonyģ Awards including Best New Play.

Based on an original story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a play by Jack Thorne. When Harry Potter's head-strong son Albus befriends Scorpius, the son of his fiercest rival, Draco Malfoy, it sparks an unbelievable new journey for them allówith the power to change the past and future forever.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has cast its spell worldwide with productions currently running in London, New York, Hamburg, and Tokyo, and has completed runs in Melbourne, Toronto, and San Francisco. The original two-part production in London's West End recently celebrated its 7th anniversary, while the reimagined Broadway production celebrated its 5th anniversary.

A Bespoke Version for Educational Theatre Productions

"Over twenty-five years ago, the Harry Potter book series inspired a generation of new readers," said producer Neil Blair, J.K. Rowling's agent and Founding Partner of The Blair Partnership. "Making Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the eighth story in the Harry Potter series, available for school productions around the world will inspire that same creativity, imagination, play, and storytelling through the medium of theatre, and we couldn't be more thrilled."

Broadway Licensing Group is in development with the show's original creative team, including playwright Jack Thorne, director John Tiffany, producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender, and with sign-off by J.K. Rowling, to adapt the script for high school and secondary school theatres, including a new, shorter runtime, as well as new creative techniques to convert the highly technical wizardry of the original production into magic and spells that schools can achieve with no matter their budget sizes and socioeconomic backgrounds.

"When I was developing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child with the creative team, one of our founding principles was that the magic, illusions and special effects should have their roots in storytelling techniques that could be achieved when playing at home or in school. This might involve borrowing your teacher's winter coat to act out the effects of taking Polyjuice Potion, or raiding the loft for suitcases to create the Hogwarts Express." said director John Tiffany. He continues "So opening the world of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child up to schools is thrilling and feels like the natural next step in our journey."

Pilot Productions & How Schools Can Stage Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Pilot productions of the school edition will take place in the UK and US in Spring 2024, with worldwide release for schools shortly after. Amateur productions will roll out later. Theatre educators can get more details and express their interest in staging the production by visiting LicenseCursedChild.com.

"We are honored to be the worldwide Amateur licensing home of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and prioritizing the release of the title to the educational theatre market," says Sean Cercone, Founder and CEO of Broadway Licensing Group. "We hope the impact of bringing this beloved world to life on school stages will drive a renewed commitment to nurturing the arts in our schools ensuring every student has the opportunity to experience the transformative power of theatre. Providing students with the once in a lifetime opportunity to not only see characters like Harry and his son Albus, but to be them."
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