Harry Potter and the Cursed Child extends to 2017 after tickets sell out
Tickets for the first four months of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child have almost completely sold out before going on general sale, forcing producers to extend booking until 2017.
Fans who had signed up for priority booking snapped up nearly all the seats on sale for the West End play’s initial booking period (June 7 to September 18), after the pre-sale opened at 11am this morning (October 28).
In response, producers decided to release tickets for all shows until January 8, 2017, and told The Stage they would extend bookings further on October 30.
While some disappointed fans have taken to Twitter to criticise the “shambolic” booking system, tickets have already appeared on reselling sites including Seatwave and Viagogo for as much as £2,250 – nearly 20 times face value.
Producers have warned customers not to advertise tickets for sale “on the internet, in newspapers or elsewhere”, as they will become void and customers trying to use them may be refused entry.
When they arrive at the theatre, customers will need to present the debit or credit card used to book the tickets, or the booking confirmation email as proof of purchase.
Priority booking will continue until 7am on October 30, before tickets go on sale to the general public at 11am.
There will also be tickets available through daily lotteries at the theatre and weekly lotteries online – these have not been sold during the priority booking.
In addition, four special preview performances are planned for the end of May before the show begins proper previews, though producers are yet to confirm further details or how to obtain tickets.
The play is produced in the West End by Sonia Friedman Productions, Colin Callender’s Playground Entertainment and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions.
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