The Broadway production of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” has fired the actor who plays the title character, citing unspecified concerns about his behavior.
The show on Sunday released a statement saying that James Snyder, who played the title role about a year before the pandemic and then rejoined the show when it restarted this past fall, had been terminated following a complaint from Diane Davis, the actress who his wife plays. , Gini. (The play begins 19 years after the end of the Harry Potter novels, at which point the young wizard has become a married man, with his own children.)
The show said Davis filed a complaint “regarding the conduct of fellow cast member James Snyder” on Nov. 19, a week after performances resumed following the prolonged pandemic shutdown. A spokesperson declined to provide further details, but the statement noted that the show has “strict prohibitions against harassment in any form”.
The production said that once it received the complaint, it suspended Snyder and ordered “an independent third-party investigation”, and that when the investigation was completed “the producers decided that Mr. Snyder would not enter the production.” had to return and terminate his contract.” Steve Haggard played Harry Potter during Snyder’s suspension and will continue to do so, with Davis on leave, the producers said.
Snyder, 40, previously starred in “Cry-Baby” and “If/Then” on Broadway, and also appeared in “In Transit.” He did not respond to an email asking for comment.