Designed in collaboration with Tony Award-winning set designer Christine Jones and Brett K. Banakis, the Lyric Theatre is a historic theater in Broadway that underwent renovation in anticipation of the New York premiere of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The top-to-bottom renovation of this landmark venue included the addition of new structural columns, decking, boxes, ceilings, partitions, a balcony, lighting, and seating.
The Lyric Theatre is a modern structure incorporating several historic elements of a pre-existing theater from 1905.
Lyric Theater Marquee Photography | Jenny Anderson
Bringing the production of Harry Potter and the
Cursed Child over from London for its Broadway
debut in New York began with a search for an
appropriate venue. The production team visited
all the Broadway houses and narrowed its
selection to a handful of theatres. Ultimately, the
Lyric theatre was selected because of the initial
idea, concept and design created by the owner and theater consultant. This initial vision brought
the production to the Lyric where Marvel, alongside
members of the production team further developed
the design. The Harry Potter and the Cursed Child marquee at the Lyric Theatre (214 West 43rd Street), was designed by the production’s Set Designer Christine Jones and International Scenic Supervisor Brett J. Banakis.
The scope is a total bespoke reinvention of
the auditorium interiors including new interior
partitions and ceilings and structural columns
with modifications to the existing balconies and boxes and upgrades to the mechanical systems. The aesthetic was a collaboration with the production set designers.
The details of the Lyric Theatre are crafted
with references to play and lighting has been
integrated into the house to enable a variety of
Details and finishes
The interior renovation has been designed to
respect the spirit within which the historic Lyric
Theatre was created, and the spirt within which it has been maintained and reimagined over many generations.