Cursed Child

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child offers chance to fans be part of the opening night and VIP party

//Por Beatriz Souza - Tuesday, 19 de September de 2017 às 11:58

To raise money for the “Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS”, the “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” play will donate tickets for its opening night and VIP party in this year Broadway Flee Market & Grand Auction. The auctions happen on September 24, while the opening night of Cursed Child on Broadway is on April 22.

As for now, the auction happens on the event’s website, with first bid of $1,600.00. On September 22, the online auction will be closed to continue during the event, which happens on September 24 throughout the day. Other plays will sell their play-related items, such as autographs, collection items or even delicacies, to raise money for the organisation.

If the on-site bids do not go over the virtual ones, the latter will win as a “silent bid” during the event, and the winner will not need to be present.

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS was created as a response from the theatre community in the USA to the AIDS crisis, gathering more than $12 million to causes related in 2015 through many events. Among them, the famous Broadway Backwards show – in which actors of one gender sing songs of the other gender – , Broadway Bares – a strip-tease show with Broadway actors –, and the Easter Bonnet Competition – in which plays gather money in red buckets held by the actors after each show. To make a donation, click here.

Translated to English by Nuara Costa

Revised by Ana Alves Rolim

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“The portrayal of Harry is not right”, says Evanna Lynch about The Cursed Child.

//Por Caroline Dorigon - Wednesday, 06 de September de 2017 às 21:43

Evanna Lynch, known for the hole of Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter movies, went to Leaky Con in Dublin, Ireland last weekend.

During the event, the actress was interviewed by Buzzfeed and spoke out about the resurgence of the Harry Potter fans because of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

“People just not wanting to let go and move on. The fans have kept it (Harry Potter) alive. […] You know her world is so rich, and you see that through Pottermore and Fantastic Beasts and all the other parts of the Wizarding World. You can tell she’s just excited to share it with people, and I think that [passion from fans] must have inspired her.”

She also talked out about critics surrounding Harry Potter and the Cursed Child:

“I do understand about some people not accepting Cursed Child, because it’s not pure (J.K. Rowling). I know she approved everything, and she was so heavily involved in the creative process, but she didn’t write it. So, for me, the portrayal of Harry is not…right. It’s like, it’s speculative, but for me it’s not the real Harry Potter world. […] It just didn’t feel like Harry to me. I relate to people who have that purist mindset that if it’s from J.K. Rowling’s mind, then it is, but that’s not just her creation, it’s a lot of people’s creations. It’s the same way the films are an amalgamation of so many people’s visions and opinions of the Harry Potter universe, so you don’t have to accept that.”

You can check out the whole interview here.

News written by Aline Michel
Translated by Nuara Costa
Reviewed by Caroline Dorigon

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//Por Caroline Dorigon - Monday, 31 de July de 2017 às 21:38

The production behind Harry Potter and the Cursed Child decided to celebrate a special date for Harry Potter fans, the day which Hogwarts students board to the school of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

400 tickets at the cost of £40 (£20 each part) will be released next friday, August 4th, for both performances. The tickets are for performances on September 1st, date where Cursed Child’s plot starts, with Albus Severus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy going to Hogwarts.

To buy tickets, click here on August 4th. Sales will start at 4:00 pm BST (or 11:00 am EST), when the countdown gets to zero. Each person can buy a maximum of two tickets.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
is the eight Harry Potter story, written by Jack Thorne based on an original story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and director John Tiffany. The play opened at the Palace Theatre in London, in 2016, breaking records on tickets sales and receiving 9 Olivier Awards, including Best New Play and Best Director.

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child definitive edition hits the bookstores this month

//Por Caroline Dorigon - Thursday, 13 de July de 2017 às 13:29

Pottermore announced this Thursday, 11th, that the Definitive Edition of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be released this month, on the 25th.

The Official Playscropt of the Original West End Production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child edition, in paperback, has the final dialogues of the play, which suffered minor changes since the rehearsals and fisrt performances, a time line of the main events of the Wizardimg World and the Potter’s family tree.

The play, being performed yet for almost a year and record-breaking amount of the Oliver Awards, won another prize this week: the Theatre Award on South Sky Arts Awards. Cursed Child arrives on Brodway, April 2018.

With tis announcement, Pottermore published an exclusive interview with the screenplayer Jack Thorne and the director John Tiffany, which takes part on the Definitive Edition of the book, already available to preorder. Some excerpts from the interview are transcripts at the extension of this post.

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“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” Breaks Highest Number of Awards Received Record At The Olivier Awards

//Por Rodrigo Cavalheiro - Sunday, 09 de April de 2017 às 23:16

Yesterday (09) the winners for the Laurence Olivier Awards, one of the biggest awards in British theatre, were finally announced. The play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child broke a record, leaving with nine awards, the highest number ever granted to any production.

At the ceremony, which took place at the Royal Albert Hall, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child won for Best Lighting Design (Neil Austin), Best Sound Design (Gareth Fry), Best Director (John Tiffany), Best Costume Design (Katrina Lindsay), Best Set Design (Christine Jones), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Anthony Boyle as Scorpius Malfoy), Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Noma Dumezweni as Hermione Granger), Best Actor (Jamie Parker as Harry Potter) and the most important award of the night, Best New Play.

J.K. Rowling, who didn’t attend to the awards ceremony, declared on Twitter that she “couldn’t be more delighted for our immensely talented cast and creative team”.

The play didn’t win for Best Theatre Choreographer (Steven Hogget), losing to The Red Shoes (Matthew Bourne), and Outstanding Achievement in Music (Imogen Heap), the latter going to the children who play instruments live in the musical inspired by the movie School of Rock.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is being performed at the Palace Theatre in London since July of 2016, and is on its way to conquer Broadway, in New York, where it will be greeted by a theatre completely renovated by the production team and planned by the play’s designer, Christine Jones and the director, John Tiffany.

News in English by Beatriz Souza

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Producer of “Cursed Child” Wants At Least 10 Productions Around the World

//Por Rodrigo Cavalheiro - Wednesday, 05 de April de 2017 às 16:45

In interview to The Telegraph, the producer of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Sonia Friedman, talked about her work, due to the proximity of the Olivier Awards – the most important theatre awards. This year, Sonia Friedman’s productions are up to 31 nominations, 11 of them being responsibility of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, with the highest number of nominations in the awards’ history.

Owner of her own company for 15 years and part of the team of over 160 productions,  Sonia was responsible for producing Madonna’s debut at the West End (Up for Grabs), Benedict Cumberbatch’s Hamlet and big musical classics such as Funny Girl and Dreamgirls.

“To have the show recognised in its own right as a good piece of workthat matters more than box-office. You crave that approval”, said Sonia, who cried the first time she met J.K. Rowling.

Her father, who used to live in a street close to J.K. Rowling’s, left Sonia’s mom and her three siblings around the time she was born.

When you grow up with that rejection, it’s very hard ever to get rid of it – it’s in your factory setting. [When I knocked on Rowling’s door] I’d been thinking, ‘If only my dad were alive now, perhaps he’d finally be proud of me’. So, I talked a lot about him when we first met. We didn’t talk about merchandise and box-office. I talked about what I wanted an audience to feel. I said, ‘I think this needs to be about a dad who doesn’t know how to be a dad’.

Even though she claims to be determined not to be “defined” by Harry Potter, denying when other producers say it’s her opportunity to calm down, the producer and her conviction delivers good news to the fans. “I won’t be settled until we have 10 productions around the world”. When asked if it was going to be like a musical blockbuster, she answered “Yes, but it’s a play, and seven hours in the theatre, so we have to get it right”.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is being performed at the Palace Theatre in London since July of 2016. In 2018, it arrives at Brodway’s famous stage, in a completely renovated theatre to match the experience during each moment spent inside.

News translated by Beatriz Souza

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Pottermore reveals new cast members of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”

//Por Rodrigo Cavalheiro - Thursday, 30 de March de 2017 às 11:26

Almost a year after the beggining of the previews of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”, original cast members will be replaced for new actors, revealed producer Sonia Friedman and director John Tiffany through Pottermore.

The roles of Harry, Hermione and Ron will be performed next year by Jamie Glover (An Adventure in Space and Time), Rakie Ayola (Black Mirror) and Thomas Aldridge (Law and Order UK), newcomers to the production. Ginny will be performed by Emma Lowndes (Downton Abbey) and James Howard will be Draco Malfoy, a role he already understudied on the original cast.

Back row (left-right): James Howard (Draco Malfoy), Emma Lowndes (Ginny Potter), Jamie Glover (Harry Potter). Front row (left-right): Thomas Aldridge (Ron Weasley), Rakie Ayola (Hermione Granger), Helen Aluko (Rose Granger-Weasley), Theo Ancient (Albus Potter), Samuel Blenkin (Scorpius Malfoy). Photo: Manuel Harlan.

Helen Aluko, who was also an understudy for Rose Granger-Weasley, will remain in the role on a permanent manner, while Theo Ancient and Samuel Blenkin will make their professional debuts as Albus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy.

Director John Tiffany compared the process of seeing a new cast with the famous british show Doctor Who, explaining that new generations happen all the time and that people like seeing new actors and their different approaches to characters.

“[We look for] actors that you think will bring something new to this part, and that you’d be excited to see play that part”, Tiffany said.

“They’re not emulating anybody else. Great plays, great work, will always be reinterpreted by great actors. We’re really looking forward to seeing what they bring to the parts”, Sonia Friedman added.

David Annen, Ruthxjiah Bellenea, Danny Dalton, Leah Haile, Rupert Henderson, Elizabeth Hill, April Hughes, James McGregor, Sarah Miele, Jordan Paris, James Phoon, Henry Rundle, Ged Simmons, Mark Theodore, Gideon Turner and Ed White complete the new cast, joining original cast members Nicola Alexis, Rosemary Annabella, Phoebe Austen, Annabel Baldwin, Jabez Cheeseman, Morag Cross, Esme Grace, Lowri James, Martin Johnston, Alfred Jones, Barry McCarthy, Sandy McDade, Tom Mackley, Harrison Noble, Ben Roberts, Nuno Silva, Hope Sizer and Joshua Wyatt on a huge cast of 42 actors.

The original cast will perform for their last time at the Palace Theatre on May 21. The new cast debuts on May 24. New tickets will be on sale on April 25.

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Audition for “Cursed Child” cast on Broadway starts

//Por Aline Michel - Tuesday, 21 de February de 2017 às 07:53

The audition for the actors who will be part of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child‘s cast on Broadway has already started.

The audition is happening in New York, between February 20th and 22th. The memo itemizes all the roles under consideration, along with short descriptions of the characters.

The casting call notes, as well, that for every role, all ethnicity are welcome. This shows that the “Cursed Child” team have continued the tradition of colorblind casting. It is important to remember that there was a big discussion when Noma Dumezweni, a black actress, was chosen to play Hermione Granger on the season in London.

Below you can check a brief description of all characters, as well as some of the requirements:

– Harry Potter:
Male, 37-40 years old
Maximum height of 5 feet 10 inches. Father of James, Albus and Lily. Married to Ginny. Head of Magical Law Enforcement at the Ministry of Magic.

Ginny Potter:
Female, 18+
Mother of James, Albus and Lily. Married to Harry. Senior Quidditch correspondent for the Daily Prophet newspaper.

Hermione Granger:
Female, 37-40
Mother of Rose. Married to Ron. Minister of Magic. Strong willed.

Ron Weasley:
Male, 37-40
Father of Rose. Married to Hermione. Runs Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes. Comedy chops essential.

The complete list you can read on Backstage.

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“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” takes 8 awards home

//Por Paola Galiano - Monday, 20 de February de 2017 às 20:06

”Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” broke a record winning 8 awards no the WhatsOnStage Awards, that took place on Sunday, 19th.

You can check below all the prizes the play took home:

– Best Lighting Design – Neil Austin
– Best Set Design – Christine Jones
– Best Video Design – Finn Ross and Ash Woodward
– Best Actor in a Play – Jamie Parker (playing Harry Potter)
– Best New Play
– Best Direction – John Tiffany
– Best Supporting Actor in a Play – Anthony Boyle (playing Scorpius Malfoy)
– Best Supporting Actress in a Play – Noma Dumezweni (playing Hermione Granger)

The play had already broken another record on the WhatsOnStage Awards’ history, being nominated in 11 categories.

The winners of WhatsOnStage Awards were elected by the audience, on a online voting system. The complete winner’s list you can check here.

News translated by Aline Michel

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“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” Wins 3 Awards

//Por Caroline Dorigon - Wednesday, 01 de February de 2017 às 22:20

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child won three 2017 Critic’s Circle Theater Award on Tuesday (31) at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London.

Director John Tiffany was chosen as Best Director, while Christine Jones took home the award for Best Designer. Anthony Boyle, who plays Scorpius Malfoy, won as Most Promising Newcomer. The actor is also running for Best Supporting Actor at the WhatsOnStage Awards.

Boyle said in an recent interview that, actually, he didn’t expect to play Draco Malfoy’s son. He thought he would play a younger Sirius Black. According to the actor, he auditioned for a main role, but didn’t know which it would be until he got the script.

Part of the cast, like Sam Clemmett (Albus Potter), Paul Thornley (Ron Weasley), Noma Dumezweni (Hermione Granger) and writer Jack Thorne were also at the ceremony.

The Critic’s Circle Theater Awards happens since 1989 and is organised by the Drama Section of the Critics’ Circle, an association that exists since 1913 to protect and promote cultural criticism in the UK.

News translated by Beatriz Souza

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