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Harry Potter and The Cursed Child

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‘moments that simply take your breath away’

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‘it grips, it stirs, it delights’

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‘entirely captivating and particularly emotional’

After officially opening at the Palace Theatre London in July 2016, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child received rave reviews from audiences and critics alike, selling out within hours of tickets going on sale. One of the most anticipated productions of 2016, the show takes place across two parts which are performed at separate times.

J.K Rowling has teamed up with writer Jack Thorne (Let the Right One In, This is England) and prolific director John Tiffany (The Glass Menagerie) 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 family ’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 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, but is still affected by a past that refuses to stay where it belongs. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child sees a plethora of well-known characters appear throughout the play, with magnificent special effects guaranteed.

April 2017 saw the play receive a record-breaking nine Olivier Awards at the annual theatrical ceremony. Awards included Best New Play, Best Director for John Tiffany, Best Lighting Design for Neil Austin, Best Sound Design for Gareth Fry, Best Costume Design by Katrina Lindsay, Best Set Design for Christine Jones, Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Anthony Boyle, Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Noma Dumezweni and Best Actor for Jamie Parker.

Rowling’s Harry Potter franchise spans seven books and eight films, including the new Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them franchise, 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 RowlingJack Thorne and John Tiffany, the creative team for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child includes 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 also features 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.

Original casting included Jamie Parker as Harry Potter, Paul Thornley as Ron, Noma Dumezweni as Hermione, Sam Clemmett as Albus Potter, Anthony Boyle as Scorpius Malfoy, Alex Price as Draco Malfoy, Cherrelle Skeete as Rose Granger-Weasley and Poppy Miller as Ginny.

New casting for the production includes Jamie Ballard as Harry Potter, Susie Trayling as Ginny, Joe Idris-Roberts as Albus Potter, Thomas Aldridge as Ron, Nicola Alexis as Hermione, Helen Aluko as Rose Granger-Weasley, James Howard as Draco Malfoy and Jonathan Case as Scorpius Malfoy.

Further cast members include Rosemary Annabella Nkrumah, David Annen, Jordan Bamford, Emma Bown, Adrian Christopher, Craig Connolly, Danny Dalton, Leah Haile, April Hughes, Martin Johnston, Gareth Kennerley, Susan Lawson-Reynolds, Barry McCarthy, Sandy McDade, James McGregor, Ryan J Mackay, Annette McLaughlin, David Mara, Dylan Mason,  Tom Peters, James Phoon, Eve Ponsonby, Kate Russell-Smith, Sinéad Sharkey, Amarah-Jae St. Aubyn, Mark Theodore and Joshua Wyatt.

Show Lengths and Times

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child opened at the Palace Theatre London July 30th 2016. On Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, there are matinees 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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Singing In The Rain

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Singing in the Rain ticketsSingin’ in the Rain has delighted critics and audiences since opening at the Palace Theatre in February 2012. Singing in the Rain tickets are now available until the 8th June 2013.

Directed by Jonathan Church and produced by Stage Entertainment UK, Singing in the Rain will be transferring to the West End stage following a critically acclaimed sell-out run at the Chichester Festival Theatre in 2011. The show opened on 15th February 2012 and is currently taking bookings until 8th June 2013 when the show will close.

Cast Information

Adam Cooper plays the leading role of Lockwood. Cooper is a dancer and choreographer who created the role of the Swan in Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake. He has also performed in numerous West End musicals such as Guys and Dolls and The Wizard of Oz. Playing the role of Kathy Seldon is Louise Bowden, who took over the role from Scarlett Strallen in February 2013. Jennifer Ellison plays the beautiful Lina Lamont and Stephane Annelli plays Lockwood’s sidekick, Cosmo Brown.

Show Length and Times

Singin’ In The Rain shows six evenings per week, from Monday to Saturday. On Monday to Saturday, performances start at 7.30pm. There are two matinees per week at 2:30pm, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The approximate running time is 2 hours and 30 minutes, including a 15-minute interval. Monday to Saturday evening performances finish at around 10:00pm, exiting the theatre at approximately 10:15pm. Matinees finish at around 5:30pm, and you can expect to leave the theatre by approximately 5:45pm. Singin’ In The Rain will close on the 8th June 2013 and will then tour the UK from December 2013.

Synopsis and Songs

Famous for the 1952 MGM movie version starring Gene Kelly, Singin’ in the Rain tells the story of Don Lockwood, silent movie star who has everything a person dreams of – fame, popularity and a romance with co-star Lina Lamont. With the on-going rumours of the possibility of sound being synchronized with picture which would surely revolutionise the movie industry and change everything, the silent stars, including Don, are nervous. When it is revealed that starlet, Lamont, has the voice akin to nails being scratched down a blackboard, Lockwood and his comedy sidekick, Cosmo, go in search of an alternative. On finding the beautiful yet snooty Kathy Selden, a chorus girl prone to jumping out of cakes with the voice of an angel, Lockwood tries to convince her to dub in for his co-star diva. Unfortunately both Lina and Kathy are stubborn, leading to Don being forced to work his Hollywood star charm. Although where Kathy is concerned, both her and Don get more than they bargained for as they embark upon a whirlwind romance.

Reviews

MICHAEL COVNEY “The rain at the end of each act is tremendous, and anyone in the most expensive seats in the front few rows gets a marvellous soaking. But the highlight of Simon Higlett’s superb design and Tim Mitchell’s lighting is the irresistible explosion of pastel suits, flashing legs and Manhattan skyline in “Broadway Melody.”

LYN GARDNER “It is technically assured, hugely accomplished and is faithful to the movie yet sufficiently different as not to invite unflattering comparisons. The movie inserts, in which we see the vehicles for silent film stars Don Lockwood (Adam Cooper) and Lina Lamont (Katherine Kingsley) as they try to make the transition to the talkies, are particularly clever.”

 

Video Preview

If you can’t wait and want to see what the show is like right now, then why not check out the official trailer for the Chichester production below? The dazzling choreography, costumes and classic tunes can be seen.

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Priscilla Queen of the Desert

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 Priscilla Queen of the Desert opened at the Palace Theatre London in March 2009. Originally seen on stage in Sydney in October 2006, Priscilla was adapted for the stage from the 1994 film The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, by Stephan Elliott, who also helped with the book for the musical adaptation. The production closed on 31 December 2011.

Priscilla Queen of the Desert transported audiences down under to the Australian outback, where two drags queens and a transsexual hop onboard Priscilla the campervan to drive from Sydney to Alice Springs in the search for friendship and love, but they in fact find more than they were hoping for.

The musical features countless hit pop tunes and dance floor classics such as Go West, I Will Survive and Boogie Wonderland, and due to its outrageous costumes, fun spirit and hit songs, has become one of the most successful Australian musicals of all time.

Cast Information

The cast of the London production of Priscilla Queen of the Desert included Richard Grieve in the leading role of Tick. Grieve is an Australian actor who has performed both in the UK and Australia in many musicals and plays, and he played Sam Kratz in Neighbours and Dr Lachlan Frazer in Home & Away. Transsexual Bernadette was played by Don Gallagher. Gallagher has performed in many West End shows such as Les Miserables and The Producers. The final lead role of Adam (Felicia) was performed by Oliver Thornton. Thornton has played many big roles on the London stage such as Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera and Harrison in Chicago, and he was an original member of the London Priscilla cast. Other cast members included Ray Meagher as Bob and Charlotte Riby, Gemma O’Duffy, Lucinda Shaw and Amelia Cormack as the singing divas.

Critics’ Reviews

“What the show is really about is spectacle; which, thanks to Brian Thomson’s production design and the costumes of Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner, is hurled across in bucketloads.”
Michael Billington, the Guardian

 

“At the Palace Theatre, I’m delighted to report, an insanely euphoric and wildly contagious vulgarity prevails. It’s ten times more enjoyable than the screen version”
Charles Spencer, the Daily Telegraph

 

“It’s slick, sassy and visually stunning, the latter due largely to Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner’s extravagant and colourful costumes. And the script, with puns aplenty and double entendres galore, is nothing short of outrageous. However, its delivery is such that it never comes across as offensive
Lizzie Guilfoyle, indieLONDON

Videos

Want to see just what Priscilla was like? Then watch the London trailer below from the original cast which included Jason Donovan in the role of Tick. The bright colours, glitter and outrageous costumes can be seen and some of the songs used in the musical are performed such as I Will Survive.

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Did you see Priscilla Queen of the Desert at the Palace Theatre in London? Did the feel-good vibe of the show get you off your seat or were you left wishing that the musical had stayed in Australia? Add you review and comments in the box below!