Attention wizards! The Olivier and Tony award-winning play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be available for licensing for school theatre programs beginning in 2024. Broadway Licensing Group, Sonia Friedman Productions, Colin Callender, and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions have partnered to bring the wizarding world to schools.
Broadway Licensing Group is working with the show's original creative team—including playwright Jack Thorne, director John Tiffany, producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender, and with sign-off by J.K. Rowling—to adapt the script for high school and secondary school theatres. The new script will include adjustments to the highly technical effects of the original production, ensuring that schools may put on the show with a variety of budget levels.
“We are delighted to be working with Broadway Licensing Group so that schools around the world can stage their own productions of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child," producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender said in a statement. "We’re very proud that over half of the play’s audiences worldwide have been first time theatregoers. With this schools version, we hope to broaden that audience even further by introducing younger generations to the magic of live theatre. We can’t wait to see how students embrace their creativity and bring the magic of the wizarding world to life on their school stages. It's extremely exciting for us all.”
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is based on an original story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany. The play takes place 19 years after the source material book series, and follows Harry Potter's son Albus and his friendship with Scorpius, the son of rival Draco Malfoy, in their first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
The original West End production premiered in 2016, receiving 11 Olivier Award nominations and winning nine including Best New Play. The Broadway transfer opened at The Lyric Theatre in 2018, then received 10 Tony Award nominations and won six, including Best Play.
“We are honored to be the worldwide amateur licensing home of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and prioritizing the release of the title to the educational theatre market,” said Sean Cercone, Founder and CEO of Broadway Licensing Group, in a statement. “We hope the impact of bringing this beloved world to life on school stages will drive a renewed commitment to nurturing the arts in our schools ensuring every student has the opportunity to experience the transformative power of theatre. Providing students with the once in a lifetime opportunity to not only see characters like Harry and his son Albus, but to be them."
The school edition will have pilot productions in the U.K. and U.S. in spring 2024, and will be released for schools worldwide shortly after. Amateur productions will be available for licensing at a later date. Visit licensecursedchild.com for more details or to express interest.
See photos from the play's Broadway production below: