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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Get To Know The Show – A Teacher's Guide

Suitable For Students

Grade 3 and up.
Interested in: The Arts, English, History, Social Sciences and Humanities.

Show Style / Genre

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling
Contemporary Broadway

Venue, Dates & Times

CAA Ed Mirvish Theatre
$50 School Group pricing for select performances!
Wednesday 12:30PM Matinee
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 7PM Evening
Running time: 3 hours 20 minutes (includes intermission)

Content Advisory For Students

Use of theatrical haze and fog, open flame and loud noises. Contains some references to death, violence, murder, abuse and neglect. Recommended for ages 8+.

harry potter show poster

About the Show

Adventure runs in the family. When Harry Potter’s head-strong son Albus befriends 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. Prepare for a mind-blowing race through time, spectacular spells, and an epic battle, all brought to life with the most astonishing theatrical magic ever seen on stage. “It will dazzle your senses, expand your heart, and keep you buzzing for hours afterwards.” (Toronto Star)

Experience the wizarding world like never before from the moment you arrive. The entire theatre has been transformed with hidden surprises to discover around every corner. “Takes theatrical craftsmanship to a whole new level!” (The Globe and Mail).

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

The Toronto production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is produced by David Mirvish, Sonia Friedman Productions, Colin Callender and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions.

The Canadian Premiere production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child began performances May 31, 2022, and officially opened to critical acclaim on June 19, 2022 at the newly remodelled CAA Ed Mirvish Theatre in Toronto. It received eight nominations for the 2021/22 Dora Mavor Moore Awards, winning Outstanding Production, and Outstanding Lighting Design (Neil Austin).

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child features movement by Steven Hoggett, set by Christine Jones, costumes by Katrina Lindsay, music & arrangements by Imogen Heap, lighting by Neil Austin, sound by Gareth Fry, illusions & magic by Jamie Harrison, music supervision & arrangements by Martin Lowe, casting by Dayton Walters Casting, CSA, CDC, with additional consultation by Jim Carnahan, CSA and Alexandre Bleau, CSA.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is produced in Toronto by originating producers Sonia Friedman Productions, Colin Callender and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions with Canadian producer David Mirvish.

J.K. Rowling

Original Story

Jack Thorne

Original Story & Playwright

John Tiffany

Original Story & Director

Steven Hoggett

Movement Director

Christine Jones

Set Designer

Katrina Lindsay

Costume Designer

Imogen Heap

Composer & Arranger

Neil Austin

Lighting Designer

Gareth Fry

Sound Designer

Jamie Harrison

Illusions & Magic

Martin Lowe

Music Supervisor & Arranger

Dayton/Walters Casting CSA, CDC

Casting Director

Jim Carnahan, CSA

U.S. Casting Consultant

Alexandre Bleau, CSA

U.S. Casting Consultant

Finn Ross

Video Designer

Ash J. Woodward

Video Designer

Carole Hancock

Hair, Wigs & Make-up

Des Kennedy

International Associate Director

Pip Minnithorpe

Associate Director

Dayna Tekatch

Resident Director

Yasmine Lee

Associate Movement Director

Benjamin Wheelwright

Associate Movement Director

Brett J. Banakis

International Scenic Supervisor

Sabine Lemaître

International Costume Design Associate

Nick Solyom

International Associate Lighting Designer

Pete Malkin

International Associate Sound Designer

Chris Fisher

International Illusions & Magic Associate

Will Pickens

Associate Sound Designer

Skylar Fox

Illusions & Magic Associate

Gary Beestone

International Technical Director

Rolt Smith

Production Supervisor

HPCC Group Ltd

Global Marketing

David Mirvish


Sonia Friedman Productions


Colin Callender


Harry Potter Theatrical Productions Ltd


Neil Blair


Pam Skinner

International Executive Producer

Diane Benjamin

International Executive Director

Thomas Swayne

Senior Associate Producer

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child had its world premiere on June 7, 2016 at London’s Palace Theatre, where it continues to play to capacity audiences. The New York production began on March 16, 2018 at the newly renovated Lyric Theatre, where it is now in its fifth year. The Melbourne, Australia production began January 18, 2019 at the Princess Theatre where it is now in its fourth year. The San Francisco production began on October 23, 2019 and continues to play at the Curran Theatre. The German production began February 7, 2020 and continues at Hamburg’s Mehr! The Toronto production which began May 31, 2022 is the play’s sixth international production, with the Japanese production following on June 16, 2022 at Tokyo’s TBS Akasaka SCT Theatre.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in J.K. Rowling’s epic saga and the first Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. It has sold over 4.5 million tickets worldwide and holds 60 major honours, with a record nine Laurence Olivier Awards including Best New Play and six Tony Awards including Best New Play.

Global Competencies:

  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Creativity
  • Learning to Learn/Self-Awareness

Ontario Curriculum Connections

All Grades:

  • Language/English (Listening to Understand, Speaking to Communicate, Reading for Meaning & Critical Literacy)
  • Drama
  • Health and PE (Positive Social Interaction & Conflict Management)

Grades 1-6

  • Social Studies: Heritage & Identity and People & Environments

Grades 9-12

  • The Arts
  • Canadian and World Studies
  • Health and Physical Education

Grades 11-12

  • Social Sciences and Humanities
  • Friendship
  • Family and Identity
  • Truth and rumour
  • Time
  • Life, death, grief and loss
  • Intergenerational relationships (eg. fathers and sons, older vs. younger)
  • The influence of nature vs. nurture
  • Overcoming adversity through the help of community
  • Family legacy and family reputation
  • Memory and the past
  • Courage and honour
  • Betrayal, lies and manipulation
  • Growing up/coming of age
  • Loyalty
  • Good and evil
  • Honour and revenge
  • Power and politics within family
  • Private lives and public lives
  • The supernatural
  • Freedom of a blessing and the burden of a curse

Guiding Questions

  • What do you already know about the production? What are you looking forward to?
  • How do you think the magical world will be created? What techniques and skills might be employed?
  • What characters and settings from the Harry Potter stories do you expect or hope to see?
  • Having looked at the marketing and social media resources, what do you expect from the production?

Elements in the Show to Look and Listen for

  • The CAA Ed Mirvish Theatre underwent a $5 million renovation that extends the world of the show into the front of house spaces. What do you notice throughout the building that connects to the world of Harry Potter?
  • What other roles do you notice at work inside the theatre? Aside from the actors on stage, what jobs can you identify as part of the Front of House services? What work do you imagine is happening backstage?

The Role of the Audience

What is the role of Audience? How does your participation contribute to the experience of the show, for the actors and your fellow audience members?

Please take time to review Mirvish Guide To Attending The Theatre with your student group prior to your theatre visit. It includes some helpful tips and basic “Dos & Don’ts” to assist you in preparing everyone for what to expect, and what is expected of them.

Reflection Questions

  • What stands out most to you after seeing the production?
  • Is there a feeling or reaction that stays with you?
  • Can you pick one element of the staging that you remember as a highlight? What about it was so effective or memorable for you?
  • Was there anything that surprised you? How did it compare to what you expected going in?
  • How was the wizarding world brought to life?
  • Is there anything about the show or the people involved (on stage or behind the scenes) that you want to learn more about?
  • How was music and movement used in the show?

Cursed Child Toronto by the numbers

# of Wigs onstage each night - 41

# of Costume pieces onstage each night - 1375

# of Full Costume looks – 155

# of Lighting Cues – total cues called 984

# of People Backstage – 92 (cast, crew, stage management, company management)

# of Wands used on stage each night – 61

# of Props used on stage each night – 384

# of Suitcases – 73

# of hours spent rehearsing – 495 hrs

# of movement sequences/transitions – 20

# of times the word Potter is said – 50

Additional resources are available to help you build a bridge between your experience of the show and your own classroom. Visit the Resources page to explore what is available for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Looking to build more into your field trip? A variety of enrichment experiences are available to choose from, including Q&As, guided historic theatre tours, workshops and performance group opportunities. Contact our Education Manager at to learn more. Subject to availability; additional costs and restrictions apply.

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Special thanks to Arpita Ghosa for her contributions to the creation of this guide.