‘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 Rowling, Jack 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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