The smash hit, Tony-winning production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has been in previews at The Curran for the last month, but Sunday marks the official opening day performances of Parts 1 and 2. And the show's producers are now staging a scavenger-hunt-style contest for fans on Friday that will potentially win free front-row seats and dinner for five lucky, fast-on-their-feet fans.
It's called the Cursed Child Challenge, and it works like this: Beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 29, there will be three tasks announced via the production’s official social media channels (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) that will direct participants to three iconic San Francisco locales. Participants have to get to each locale as quickly as they can, take a selfie, and post it to their social media channels using the hashtag #CursedChildSF. The first five players to complete all three tasks will be crowned the winners and they'll be given a pair of tickets to both shows on Sunday, December 1, as well as a free dinner in between and a copy of the production's behind-the-scenes book, The Journey, signed by the entire cast.
Part 1 starts at 1 p.m. on Sunday, and Part 2 starts at 6:30 p.m., with a dinner break between them. (SFist will bring you a review on Monday, as this is also the press opening.)
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child picks up when Harry is a grown, married adult with three children, and working as an "overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic." His youngest son Albus struggles with the family legacy, and as the play's descriptive copy goes, "As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places."
The two-part play, which opened in New York in April 2018, is one of the most decorated shows in history, having won six Tony Awards including Best Play in 2018, as well as 19 other major awards in the U.S. and 24 prizes in the UK. Productions are now playing concurrently in London, Melbourne, and on Broadway, and the San Francisco production will be the fourth to open. Tickets are now available starting at $59 per part, with limited availability in December, but more availability in January — and the show is currently set to run at The Curran through June 2020 with extensions fairly likely.
Parts 1 and 2 play consecutively starting at 2 p.m. on Wednesday and Saturday, and at 1 p.m. on Sunday, and then Part 1 plays every Thursday night at 7:30 p.m., with Part 2 every Friday at 7:30 p.m.
There's also a $20-per-part rush ticket deal called "Friday Forty" tickets, where you enter a lottery via the Today Tix app between Monday at 12:01 a.m. PT and Friday at 1 p.m. PT in order to get a chance to land tickets to both parts for $40 total for the following week’s performances.