Harry Potter And The Cursed Child Makes West End History
Come 2016, it will mark five years since the last Harry Potter film hit movie theaters across the world and ended the series that changed the lives of millions around the world. Harry Potter captured the hearts of so many with a seven book book-series that took us on an adventure through the wizarding world with Harry and his friends not only through the good but bad times as well. When the series came to an end, many were heart-broken. However, the recent news of a sequel in the form of a stage production has sent many digging into their wallets as they must be a part of that next step in the life of a boy we’ve all grown up with. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that Harry Potter And The Cursed Child has made West End history for advanced ticket sales!
The Daily Mail is reporting, without confirming an official number, that Harry Potter And The Cursed Child has sold nearly £20 million worth of tickets in just over a week. The incredibly large sum, six months before performances for the show are even slated to begin, sets a record as the largest advance ticket sales for a show in West End History. Tickets for the production’s initial purchasing period to “priority ticket buyers” with tickets for June to September 2016 sold out within hours of going on sale. Producers were forced to release tickets for September 2016 through January 2017 still to priority ticket buyers selling out most of this period as well. When the general public finally got a chance to purchase tickets, remaining tickets sold as producers extended ticket sales allowing bookings up until April 30th, 2017 before extending again until May 27th, 2017.
The exact number of tickets sold and gross cannot be confirmed due to the fact that West End producers do not and are not obligated to report weekly grosses for the public. However, the Daily Mail sourced “several people with knowledge of the amount of seats sold since the box office opened”. As previously reported by Luner on Theatre, Harry Potter and The Cursed Child will take place 19 years after Deathly Hallows and serve as a sequel to the beloved book series. Harry, who works for the Ministry of Magic, is a husband and father to three children, is facing his latest challenge. His youngest son, Albus, is struggling with the weight of his family’s legacy he never wanted. Together, the family learns sometimes darkness comes from unexpected places as past and present fuse together. The new stage production is written by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany.
In a previous report on the craze for Harry Potter tickets in the West End, I called Cursed Child London’s very own Hamilton which I think it has proved itself to be just a week into ticket sales. The production is sold out for a solid eight months into the run and it if you are interested in tickets, you will need to look more than a year after the show begins performances. That is simply remarkable. While the West End has been the starting point for many mega-musicals such as Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera, CATS and Miss Saigon just to name a few, Harry Potter has put all of these to shame with its advance sales. It is not known how long Harry Potter plans to run in the West End but it certainly seems like a long run would not be an issue for fans. I can only imagine the producers are eyeing a Broadway bow for the show at some point in the future not only given its success in London but given the large following the Harry Potter book series has here in the United States.
Luner on Theatre will keep you updated on the success of Harry Potter And The Cursed Child in London! Remember, not many production details have still been released! We still have plenty more to learn about The Boy Who Lived as he heads to the stage for the first time in London in 2016! Visit our previous coverage of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by visiting our London Lookout Page for West End Theatre coverage! For more information, visit Harry Potter And The Cursed Child’s Official Website,Facebook Page or Twitter. (Copyright Note;Unless noted, we do not own/claim ownership for any photos used in this post) And of course, be sure to check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know!