Jones’ Potter set in the Lyric Theatre
Jones’ Potter set in the Lyric Theatre

Conjuring the Potterverse: Christine Jones Imagines the World of Harry Potter for the Stage

Howard Sherman

When it began in England two years ago, set designer Christine Jones was charged by director and co-conciever John Tiffany to create a visual world for the eighth Harry Potter tale, the stage production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. A smash in London, it arrived on Broadway last month as the most expensive play in Broadway history. During previews it has already set Broadway box office records. Plans are already well underway for it to reach Australia next year. Having done undergraduate work at Concordia University in Montreal, after which she received her MFA from New York University, Jones made her professional debut in 1992 with a production of Tartuffe at Hartford Stage, and has gone on to numerous credits in regional theater, Off-Broadway, opera and Broadway, including the musicals Hands on a Hardbody, Spring Awakening and American Idiot. She sat down to talk about the world of Harry Potter and her design career in mid-April, just ahead of the American opening of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

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