Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play to be licensed for school productions

Hit play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is to be licensed for performances in schools worldwide.

Broadway Licensing Group, Sonia Friedman Productions, Colin Callender and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions are to partner on an adapted version of the successful West End and Broadway production.

The schools version will include a new, shorter runtime, as well as new creative techniques to convert the highly technical wizardry of the original production into magic and spells that schools can achieve with no matter their budget sizes and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Based on an original story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a play by Jack Thorne.

When Harry Potter’s head-strong son Albus befriends Scorpius, the son of his fiercest rival, Draco Malfoy, it sparks an unbelievable new journey for them all—with the power to change the past and future forever.

Pilot productions will take place in the UK and US in Spring 2024, with worldwide release for schools shortly after. Amateur productions will roll out later.

Producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender said: “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. 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.”

Sean Cercone, Founder and CEO of Broadway Licensing Group added: “We are honoured 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.

“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.”

For more information, visit LicenseCursedChild.com.

About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.


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