J.K. Rowling Splits ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ Into Two Parts Because Of Course She Does
How do you double your money in the theater?
Be J.K. Rowling, name your play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and split it into two parts.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) September 24, 2015
Look, it worked for Tony Kushner (maybe), it worked for Richard Wagner (sort of), it might not work for you—oh, who am I kidding, it is totally going to work for you.
As the official Cursed Child website indicates:
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, written by Jack Thorne and directed by Olivier and Tony award winner John Tiffany, is one play presented in two parts which are intended to be seen in order on the same day (matinee and evening) or on two consecutive evenings.
So are they running Part 1 twice a day, then? Matinee for the people who want to do the matinee-evening show, and evening for the people who want the evening-evening show? They are seriously milking all the cash they can get out of this cow.
Now, I could open my mouth and say “accio foot!” if it turns out they offer the tickets at a super discount, or make it so that tickets to both plays are less expensive than tickets to whatever else is selling at the West End when Cursed Child opens. They could totally make this an affordable family experience, and maybe they’ll do that.
Or maybe they’ll make a Fleamont Potter-level fortune.