(l to r) Sonia Friedman, Yoshitaka Hori, Takashi Sasaki and Mark Cornell announce the Japanese premiere of ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.’ (Photo courtesy of ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.’)
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will make its Japanese premiere in the summer of 2022.
Currently enjoying sold-out runs in London, New York, Melbourne, and San Francisco, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be presented in Asia for the first time. The Japanese production will be the second non-English version of the play, after the German premiere next month. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be produced in Japan by HoriPro (Billy Elliot the Musical, Mary Poppins) and will run at TBS Akasaka ACT Theater as part of TBS’s 70th-anniversary celebration. In anticipation of this event, TBS Akasaka ACT Theater will undergo major renovation beginning in 2021 and re-open as a site-specific venue for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
A continuation of the beloved best‐selling novel series by British author J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child takes place 19 years after the final novel, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and is the only official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a new play by Jack Thorne, directed by John Tiffany.
Receiving acclaim for its breathtaking magic and stage wizardry, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the most awarded play in theatre history, winning 25 major U.S. awards, including six Tony Awards with one of those for Best Play. It also won 24 major theatre awards in the U.K. and is the most awarded show in the history of Britain’s Olivier Awards, winning a record‐breaking nine awards including Best New Play.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child features movement by Steven Hoggett, set by Christine Jones, costumes by Katrina Lindsay, music & arrangements by Imogen Heap, lighting by Neil Austin, sound by Gareth Fry, illusions & magic by Jamie Harrison, music supervision & arrangements by Martin Lowe.
The Japanese version will be the seventh production of the play following productions in London, New York, Melbourne, San Francisco, Hamburg (opening March 15, 2020), and Toronto (opening in Autumn
Click here for The Broadway Blog’s review of the Broadway production.
Click here for The Broadway Blog’s review of the San Francisco production.