Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has announced that it will premiere its seventh production of the critically-acclaimed play in Japan in 2022.
After enjoying sold out runs in London, New York, Melbourne and San Francisco, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will take on even greater heights and will be presented in Asia for the first time this upcoming summer.
It was announced on Thursday that the internationally acclaimed Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will make its Japanese premiere in the summer of 2022. The Japanese version will be the seventh production of the play following productions in London, New York, Melbourne, San Francisco, Hamburg (opening March 15, 2020), and Toronto (opening in Autumn 2020), and will be the second non-English version of the play, after the German premiere next month.
The play will be produced in Japan by HoriPro (Billy Elliot the Musical, Mary Poppins) and will run at TBS Akasaka ACT Theater as part of TBS’s 70th anniversary celebration. In anticipation of this event, TBS Akasaka ACT Theater will undergo major renovation beginning in 2021 and re-open as a site-specific venue for the play.
A continuation of the beloved best‐selling novel series by British author J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child takes place 19 years after the final novel, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the most awarded play in theater history, winning 25 major U.S. awards, including six Tony Awards with one of those for Best Play.
Producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender said in a joint statement, “Tokyo is one of the most exciting and vibrant cities in the world, and it’s fair to say that Japan has some of the most dedicated and loyal fans of Harry Potter and the Wizarding World. This is why it makes complete sense and gives us so much joy that our multi award-winning, spectacular and thrilling production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be opening in Tokyo’s TBS Akasaka ACT Theater in 2022. We look forward to working closely with Mr Hori of HoriPro, Mr Sasaki of TBS and of course our partners at ATG on bringing the magic to life.”