‘moments that simply take your breath away’
‘it grips, it stirs, it delights’
‘entirely captivating and particularly emotional’
London’s most anticipated production of 2016, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has flown into the West End, receiving rave reviews from audiences and critics alike. With previews beginning in May, the production officially opened in July 2016. Opening at the Palace Theatre London, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will take place across Parts I & II, which will be performed at separate times.
J.K Rowling has teamed up with writer Jack Thorne (Glue, This is England) and prolific director John Tiffany (Once) to present the latest instalment of the beloved Harry Potter series. An entirely original story told over two instalments, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the sequel to the previous books and films, following Harry and his friends ’19 years later’.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child focuses on the struggles of Harry’s second son, Albus Severus. Fearing being placed in Slytherin on his arrival to Hogwarts, Albus must also carry the legacy of the Potter family name. Meanwhile, Harry is a full-time employee at the Ministry of Magic, a husband and a father. It has been revealed that the show will see Harry and his family grapple “with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs”. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will see a plethora of well-known characters appear throughout the play, with magnificent special effects guaranteed.
Rowling’s Harry Potter franchise spans seven books and eight films, with the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opening in cinemas soon, starring Eddie Redmayne. Selling over 450 million copies worldwide, Harry Potter continues to be one of the world’s most successful stories, pulling audiences into the magical world of Hogwarts and the Ministry of Magic.
Cast and Creative
Alongside J.K Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, the creative team for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will include prolific movement director Steven Hoggett, who is best known for his work on The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time. The production will also feature set design by Christine Jones, costume by Katrina Lindsay, special effects by Jeremy Chernick, lighting by Neil Austin, sound by Gareth Fry and music by Imogen Heap.
Casting for Harry, Ron and Hermione has been announced, starring Jamie Parker as Harry Potter, who recently played Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls at the Savoy Theatre. Paul Thornley, who recently starred in London Road by Rufus Norris, will play Ron. Olivier Award-winning actress Noma Dumezweni plays Hermione after impressing critics with her performance in the Royal Court’s Linda.
Further casting includes Nicola Alexis, Helen Aluko, Jeremy Ang Jones, Rosemary Annabella, Annabel Baldwin, Jack Bennett, Paul Bentall, Anthony Boyle as Scorpius, Sam Clemmett as Albus Potter, Morag Cross, Claudia Grant, James Howard, Lowri James, Chris Jarman, Martin Johnston, Chipo Kureya, James Le Lacheur, Helena Lymbery, Tom Mackley, Barry McCarthy, Sandy McDade, Andrew McDonald, Adam McNamara, Poppy Miller as Ginny Weasley, Tom Milligan, Jack North, Alex Price as Draco Malfoy, Stuart Ramsay, Nuno Silva, Cherrelle Skeete as Rose Weasley, Esther Smith and Josh Wyatt. With such a large cast, the specific parts played have not yet been announced.
Show Lengths and Times
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is set to open at the Palace Theatre London July 30th, with early previews beginning June 7th 2016. On Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, there will be a matinee of Part One and an evening performance of Part Two. One ticket secures the same seat for both shows on the same day. Thursdays provide an evening performance of Part One, with Part Two on Friday Evening.
Part I runs at approximately 2 hours 45 minutes, including a 20 minute interval.
Part II runs at approximately 2 hours 35 minutes, including a 20 minute interval.
Suitable for Children?
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is relatively family-friendly and is recommended for ages 10 and up. Please note that the Palace Theatre will not admit babes-in-arms. Everyone, regardless of age, must have their own ticket.
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