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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child close to securing Broadway transfer

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is set for a Broadway transfer, with producers confirming they are in “advanced discussions” to open the show at the Lyric Theatre in 2018.

Producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callendar, with the show’s co-creator JK Rowling, are in talks with Ambassador Theatre Group to take the show to the Lyric, one of the company’s two venues in New York.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child [1] is produced by Friedman – whose company is a subsidiary of ATG – Callendar and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions.

The 1,900-seat Lyric, bought by ATG in 2013 [2], would be subject to a multi-million dollar renovation as part of the plans, and would be remodelled to seat 1,500.

Friedman and Callendar said they were “thrilled with ATG’s ambitious plans” for the show, describing the chance to have a tailor-made space for the production as a “once in a lifetime opportunity”.

“The remodelled Lyric will include a smaller auditorium redesigned to the specifications of the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child team, as well as an adapted proscenium and stage that can house designer Christine Jones’ glorious set without swamping or compromising director John Tiffany’s brilliant staging,” they said.

They added: “But above all, ATG’s plans will provide Harry Potter and the Cursed Child with a bespoke home that will be intimate enough for a drama, yet big enough for us to deliver on our commitment to provide audiences with access to low priced tickets throughout the auditorium.”

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child opened at the Palace Theatre in the West End in August and is currently booking until February 2018. [3]

It is created by Rowling, Jack Thorne and Tiffany.