Today it was announced that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway was not going to open until 2022, an odd choice considering other large scale Broadway productions are starting to announce a September reopening.
However, rather than it being the pandemic according to reports by the New York Times ‘is rethinking its length and structure before deciding how and when to reopen’
Meanwhile, while London production has recently extended its closure until the 10th October 2021 at the earliest, the Melbourne production is already playing due to the easing of restrictions in Australia in the current format of two plays.
Could the producers be toying with the idea of condensing the two part play into one? Such a decision would almost certainly require a huge reduction of material, a huge rewrite and a cull of its company size. If the producers do decide to condense the format will this apply to all productions going forward?