In the third of a series of exclusive interviews with Producers and Creatives from the Australian Premiere Production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Margaret Throsby interviews John Tiffany the Director of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. They discuss the heart of Harry’s story, using fantasy to explore human experiences, meeting J.K. Rowling twenty years earlier, her reaction to the show and the origin of the ‘Cursed Child’ title.
John Tiffany’s recent credits include Pinocchio for the National Theatre and Road for the Royal Court. He directed the musical Once for which he was the recipient of multiple awards both in the West End and on Broadway. As Associate Director of the Royal Court, his work also includes The Twits, Hope and The Pass. He was the director of Let The Right One In for the National Theatre of Scotland, which transferred to the Royal Court, West End and St. Ann’s Warehouse. His other work for the National Theatre of Scotland includes Macbeth (also Broadway), Enquirer, The Missing, Peter Pan, The House of Bernarda Alba, Transform Caithness: Hunter, Be Near Me, Nobody Will Ever Forgive Us, The Bacchae, Black Watch, for which he won the Olivier and Critics’ Circle Best Director Awards, Elizabeth Gordon Quinn and Home: Glasgow. Other recent credits include The Glass Menagerie at A.R.T, on Broadway, EIF and in the West End, and The Ambassador at BAM. Tiffany was Associate Director of the National Theatre of Scotland from 2005 to 2012, and was a Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University in the 2010-2011 academic year. For his work on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, he received the Olivier Award for Best Director, one of a record-breaking nine Olivier’s received by the production.