Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a new play by Jack Thorne is now playing in San Francisco’s Curran Theatre. With record-breaking productions currently running in London and New York, as well as the February 2019 opening of the first Australian production in Melbourne, the San Francisco production marks the fourth engagement of the smash hit play, as well as its West Coast premiere in North America.
In addition to making its West Coast premiere in North America, there is also something special about the play’s debut in San Francisco. Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling and “Cursed Child” director John Tiffany and playwright Jack Thorne have previously discussed the influence of Alcatraz, one of San Francisco’s most famous historical landmarks, on the development of a major plot point in the Harry Potter series.
“(San Francisco) is a very distinctive, special place — I love the feel of it, I love the architecture,” Rowling said. “A big thing, and I think I’ve actually said this before, but Azkaban is a combination of Alcatraz and ‘Abbadon,’ which is an old word for hell. I squeezed those words together. The idea of the rock in the middle of the ocean was directly inspired by a visit to Alcatraz.”
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the story of Harry, Ron and Hermione continues on stage – where the magic is real. It has been 19 years since they saved the wizarding world. But even when the battle seems to be won, sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.
The play is the most awarded production in the history of Britain’s Olivier Awards, winning a record-breaking nine awards including Best New Play and Best Director. The production has won 24 major theatre awards in the UK since opening in July 2016 in London. It made its Broadway premiere in April 2018, and is the most awarded show of the season, winning 25 awards in total, including six Tony Awards. You can get your tickets at HarryPotterOnStage.com.
Visit San Francisco and see this critically acclaimed production at the Curran Theatre conveniently located just blocks from the Hilton San Francisco Union Square and Parc 55 San Francisco – a Hilton Hotel.