The North American tour of the Tony-winning Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will launch September 10, 2024, at Chicago's James M. Nederlander Theatre.
Opening night is scheduled for September 26, and the 21-week engagement will continue through February 1, 2025. Additional tour dates and casting will be announced for the first touring production based on the Broadway staging.
“Chicago is ready to welcome an extended engagement of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” Mayor Brandon Johnson said in a statement. “We are thrilled that Chicagoans will experience this magical production as the first stop of the North American tour. Chicago is ready to embrace this show as only we know how.”
Producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender added, “Developing a first-class touring production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has long been an ambition of ours. We are delighted that our wonderful and deeply gifted creative team have found a way to make it possible to bring the magic, spectacle, and thrills of our astonishing show to audiences across North America, and we can’t wait for audiences to see it.”
Based on an original story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a new play by Thorne with direction by Tiffany. The production also features movement by Steven Hoggett, set by Christine Jones, costumes by Katrina Lindsay, music and arrangements by Imogen Heap, lighting by Neil Austin, sound by Gareth Fry, illusions and magic by Jamie Harrison, music supervision and arrangements by Martin Lowe, and U.S. casting by Jim Carnahan.
The play picks up a few years following the last Harry Potter book. When Harry's head-strong son Albus befriends the son of his fiercest rival, Draco Malfoy, it sparks an unbelievable new journey for them all—with the power to change the past and future forever.
The international hit is 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 seventh anniversary, while the reimagined Broadway production celebrated its fifth anniversary. The Broadway production won six 2018 Tony Awards, including Best New Play.
Tickets are available now for groups of 10 or more; individual tickets will go on sale at a later date.