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Breaking Records: "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" Enchants Audiences Worldwide

Breaking Records: "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" Enchants Audiences Worldwide

In a magical triumph, "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" has bewitched audiences worldwide, becoming the longest-running production in the illustrious 25-year history of the Lyric Theatre. With an astounding 1,550 performances, the play has surpassed the previous record set by "42nd Street," which closed in 2005 after 1,524 performances.

Since its mesmerizing world premiere in London in July 2016, "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" has cast its spell over more than 10 million theatergoers across the globe. This enchanting tale, the first Harry Potter story brought to life on stage and the eighth installment in J.K. Rowling's beloved series has earned a staggering 60 major honors. Among its accolades are nine Laurence Olivier Awards, including Best New Play, and six Tony Awards, including Best Play.

The magic of "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" has captivated audiences in iconic cities like London, New York, Hamburg, and Tokyo. Previous successful runs in Melbourne, Toronto, and San Francisco attest to the play's universal appeal. The original two-part production in London's West End recently marked its 7th anniversary, while the reimagined Broadway version celebrated its 5th year of enchanting audiences. Excitement is already brewing for the upcoming North American tour set to launch next year.

This spellbinding production, recognized by the Guinness World Records as the highest-grossing non-musical play in Broadway history, has generated over $270 million in total sales and sold more than 2.5 million tickets. Audiences continue to be awe-struck by the play's mind-bending race through time, breathtaking spells, and epic battles, all brought to life with unparalleled theatrical magic. As described by People Magazine, "You'll be wondering 'how'd they do that?' for days to come."

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Based on an original story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany, "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" is a spellbinding play by Jack Thorne, directed by John Tiffany. This magical production features extraordinary movement by Steven Hoggett, enchanting set design by Christine Jones, captivating costumes by Katrina Lindsay, mesmerizing music and arrangements by Imogen Heap, dazzling lighting by Neil Austin, enchanting sound by Gareth Fry, and mind-bending illusions and magic by Jamie Harrison. Martin Lowe supervises the music arrangements.

"Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" is proudly produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, Colin Callender, and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions. Prepare to believe in magic once more, as the play's captivating tale unfolds, promising an unforgettable journey through time and wizardry.

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