(l to r) Noma Dumezweni, Jamie Parker and Paul Thornley in ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.’ (Photo: Manuel Harlan)
Producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callenderannounced today that the next U.S. production of the Tony & Olivier Award-winning Best Play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will begin in the fall of 2019 at the Curran in San Francisco, California. With record-breaking productions currently running in London and New York as well as an Australian production set to premiere in Melbourne in early 2019, the San Francisco production will mark the fourth engagement of the smash hit play, as well as its West Coast premiere in North America.
In a unique collaboration between the Curran and Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG), preparations are being made to accommodate Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, with ATG leading the operation of the theatre during the production’s run.
Producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender said in a joint statement, “The beautiful and historical Curran in San Francisco is the perfect theatre for the next North American company of Cursed Child. We are delighted that ATG and Carole Shorenstein Hays have worked their magic to provide the ideal West Coast home for the production.”
“The Bay Area is where cutting-edge culture meets cutting-edge technology, so this wonderful example of riveting storytelling and first-of-its-kind stage magic has found its ideal home in our great city,” Carole Shorenstein Hays said. “My family and I are filled with joy thinking about all the audiences coming to San Francisco to experience Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – particularly first-time and young theatergoers, who have always been a core part of our mission.”
Built in 1922, the Curran has housed some of the biggest productions in theater history and has maintained a reputation over the course of its life as one of the premier live entertainment venues in North America. Under the curation of eight-time Tony Award-winner Carole Shorenstein Hays, the Curran reopened its 1,600 seat venue in January 2017 with the groundbreaking musical Fun Home after completing an extensive two-year renovation and restoration. Working alongside her husband, Dr. Jeffrey Hays, and children, Gracie Hays and Wally Hays, Ms. Shorenstein Hays set a new mission for the venue: to create a new kind of artistic hub in the Bay Area, while introducing young audiences to the theater through a wide range of programmatic and philanthropic initiatives. Since 2017, the Curran has offered a season of jaw-dropping theater, entertainment and artistry, offering new works by some of the world’s most celebrated theater artists and an eclectic line-up of special events.