Des Kennedy

Des Kennedy Portrait


Des is part of the original creative team of HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD, and is the Associate Director for the Palace Theatre production and International Associate Director on both the Broadway and Australian productions.

Upcoming credits include: GOOD VIBRATIONS (Lyric Theatre, Belfast). 

Theatre Credits include: NEW PLAYWRIGHTS PROGRAMME (Lyric Theatre, Belfast); ONCE THE MUSICAL (Dublin); GULLIVER’S TRAVELS (YMT); PARTY LINES (Ardent Theatre, Westminster Reference Library); TEENAGE KICKS, A PUNK MUSICAL (Millennium Forum, Derry City of Culture); WHITE STAR OF THE NORTH (Lyric Theatre, Belfast); HOW THE WORLD BEGAN (Out of Joint); THE PROPHET OF MONTO (Axis Theatre, Dublin); GOD’S COUNTRY (Tinderbox Theatre Company, Audience Choice Award for Best Production at Belfast Festival, Queen’s); THE PROPHET OF MONTO (Flea Theatre, New York); BETWEEN LIFE AND NOWHERE (3LD, New York for Old Vic New Voices Arden Project); SAFETY (Arcola); JOHNNY MEISTER +THE STITCH (Mead Theatre Lab, Washington DC); THE GREAT RAMSHACKLE HEART (Public Theatre, New York for Old Vic New Voices); DYING CITY (Project Arts Centre, Dublin); SALAAM MR BUSH (Royal Court, Rehearsed Reading); SCENES FROM THE BIG PICTURE (Named “One of the Best 10 Theatre Productions of a Decade”) and WOMAN AND SCARECROW (both for Solas Nua Theatre Company, Washington DC); VERNON GOD LITTLE, SEVEN JEWISH CHILDREN and THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT (Brian Friel Theatre, Belfast); and THE LARAMIE PROJECT (Awarded Bush Theatre Directing Award and Judges Award for Ensemble, NSDF).

Credits as Associate Director Include: THE GLASS MENAGERIE; THE NETHER (West End); ONCE (West End & Dublin); OUR COUNTRY’S GOOD, TOP GIRLS, BANG BANG BANG and A DISH OF TEA WITH DR JOHNSON (Out of Joint).

Credits as Assistant Director: NOW OR LATER and PARADISE REGAINED (Royal Court); PENTECOST/ SPOKESONG (Rough Magic); CROOKED (Bush Theatre); and ELIXIR OF LOVE (Welsh National Opera).

Des was the Trainee Director on 6 DEGREES a BBC Northern Ireland/ Sterling Film and TV production in 2012.


01 August 2016

Des Kennedy is Associate Director on HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD

Des Kennedy is Associate Director on HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD

The long-awaited 8th story in the Harry Potter series is presented on stage in a new play by Jack Thorne. The show is directed by John Tiffany and plays at the Palace Theatre in the West End. 

The Telegraph ★★★★★ 

“A Triumph” 

“it grips, it stirs, it delights.” 

“will raise the benchmark for family entertainment for years to come”  


“It is, quite simply, spellbinding"

“The Show That Lived Up to Expectations — and Then Some”

“a captivating story given a spectacular staging”

“It’s total theater. And, yep, it’s magic.” 

The Independent ★★★★★

“a theatre production of immense wonder”

“truly magical.”

“a fantastic experience”

New York Times

“opened in a blaze of outrageous enchantment” 

The Stage ★★★★★ 

“a major work in its own right, with an entirely distinctive theatrical life and shape.”

“playful and gripping, disturbing and detailed, poignant and powerful, it is superb family entertainment.”

“a truly game-changing production and a thrilling theatrical endeavour in its own right.” 

What’s On Stage ★★★★★ 

“a spectacle of epic sweep and magisterial grandeur. It is, quite simply, magic.”

“It is a triumph.”

The Financial Times ★★★★★

“thrilling: gripping, dark, wittily acted and often visually dazzling.” 

“amid all the epic fantasy, it homes in on the magic we all have at our fingertips: the ability to make a difference to another person.” 

“many stunning effects and several hair-raising moments” 

“For a bunch of muggles, the creative team has certainly brewed up a wizard show. Professor Snape would be proud.”

The Arts Desk ★★★★★

The Guardian ★★★★★

“a thrilling theatrical spectacle.”

“Tiffany and his team stage the piece with such dazzling assurance that I finally began to see the point of being wild about Harry.”