Harry Potter and The Cursed Child

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‘moments that simply take your breath away’



‘it grips, it stirs, it delights’



‘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.

The current cast includes Jamie Ballard as Harry Potter, Thomas Aldridge as Ron Weasley, Michelle Gayle as Hermione Granger, and Rayxia-Oji as Rose Granger-Weasley. Dominic Short plays Albus Potter, Susie Trayling as Ginny Potter, James Howard plays Draco Malfoy, with Jonathan Case as his son Scorpius Malofy.

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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Have you seen Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts I & II? If so please share your thoughts in the comments section below!


  1. What an amazing show! The story is incredible and so engrossing! You get completely sucked in to the storytelling within seconds of the first Act. The actors are all brilliant, giving outstanding performances throughout, especially Anthony Boyle as Scorpius Malfoy. The scenery and special effects are truly magical and can only be fully appreciated when you see them for yourself.
    I would highly recommend seeing this play if you get the opportunity. The atmosphere in the audience is electric. There’s nothing quite like being in a theatre full of fellow Potterheads as you go on this amazing emotional roller coaster together!
    If you do plan on seeing the play, I would strongly advise that you do not read the book first and remember #keepthesecrets There are some unbelievably shocking revelations that you will want to be shocked by! Remember that while this script has now been published, the dream for this story was for it to be brought to life on the stage. As such, there are certain parts that can only be fully appreciated when watched performed on stage. I have read the script book since seeing the play and loved it, but nothing quite compares to seeing the show performed live.
    If I could give this play more than 5 stars, I would. It ticks all the boxes for me and seeing this play was the best day of my life! ❤️

    1. I watched the show for the first time in the summer of 2016 (part 1 and 2 the same day). I had a reasonably good seat, but prefer to get as close to the stage as possible. Jamie Parker, Sam Clemmett, Poppy Miller and many others interpreted the roles in an excellent way. Then I read the book, in both Norwegian and English. A year later I was back, and this time very close to the stage (stall B15). Now many of the actors were replaced, but it was another wonderful theater performance (part 1 and 2 the same day again). In fact, I would recommend reading the book AFTER you’ve seen the show. Then the book becomes so alive.

  2. I’ve seen many plays in my life, but hands down and without a doubt this was my favorite!! The characters truly connected to me emotionally and i was very moved by this wonderful performance.

  3. This play is awesome the special effects amazing – all the actors are great bringing so much to life – Anthony Boyle as Scorpious, brilliant, Sam Clemmett as Albus Potter, brilliant. I’m hoping to come back again. Also a special thanks to the staff of the palace – as a disabled viewer you were great, very helpful, understanding and patient. I am going to come back again as soon as I can get tickets.

  4. Absolutely fantastic! By far the best play I have ever been to! The acting was the best I have ever seen, professional and seamless, funny and emotional!
    I had read the script a few months before the show so was worried I’d ruined it for myself, but it still exceeded my expectations in every way!
    The organization of the staff at the Palace Theater in getting everyone to their seats in time and making sure the show was enjoyed to the max was impressive.
    Hearing the audience gasp and laugh at key moments just added to my experience, to feel I was surrounded by fellow (obsessed) Potter fans.
    I fear no play I see from this moment on will be quite the same!

  5. I brought tickets for my boyfriend for Christmas last year and had a whole year to wait to see this play. Whether you are a Harry Potter fan or not this play is absolutely AMAZING and a MUST SEE! The effects, the cast, the staging, the whole experience transports you into a magical land and one that you will not forget. There are so many moments which take you by surprise and you are in awe of what you are watching on the stage in front of you. This is by far the best play I have ever seen in my life! In addition to this the staff within the theatre are brilliant too and I would personally like to say a BIG THANK YOU to two members of staff in particular- Rose (Manager) and Fiona (who was working in the dress circle) These two ladies were so accommodating and went above and beyond for my boyfriend (who fell ill during Part one -first half) They are outstanding and a perfect representation of 5 * customer service. I would gladly visit this theatre again due to them being so accommodating and kind.

  6. I am coming to the show where both parts are on the same day (Sunday 05th May 2019).
    Are you able to confirm start and finish times for both parts so that I can decide whether I need to arrange for somewhere to stay for the night as train times that night become crazy after the last reasonable train leaves at 2246hours.

    Thank you in advance

    1. Hi Richarrd,

      The second part runs at 2 hours 35 minutes (including interval) so should finish at around 10:05. 45 minutes should be a reasonable enough amount of time to leave the venue and get to the station!

    2. The first part is 2 hours 45mins with a 20 min interval so from 7pm that would be a 22.05 finish. If its afternoon it would be a 17.05 finish hope this helps.its truly spectacular and there are number of fast food locations in the vicinity.

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