Everything you need to know about 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' in London
From how to get Cursed Child tickets to when to see the play at the Palace Theatre, here’s your ultimate guide to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in London.
In 2016, a spell was cast over the West End. Its end result? A magical mystery at the Palace Theatre. Ever since the world premiere of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child began entrancing audience members, Harry Potter fans world over have flocked to the West End to enjoy the latest story in the Harry Potter series. Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry has never been more exciting than on stage.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany. It allows audiences to reunite with Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger as adults. Here's our complete guide to the West End production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in London.
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What is Harry Potter and the Cursed Child about?
It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn't much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a play that is presented in two parts. They're intended to be watched in Part One, then Part Two. Ticket buyers can choose to see both parts of the play in one day as a matinee or evening, or on two consecutive evenings. Or, if you want to, you can see both Parts months apart.
Should I see the Harry Potter films first before watching Harry Potter and the Cursed Child?
You can enjoy Harry Potter and the Cursed Child if you've never watched the films. But, to get the full experience from the play, we'd recommend watching the Harry Potter films or reading the original Harry Potter novels. The play is a continuation of the novels, set 19 years after the ending of the final book.
When did Harry Potter and the Cursed Child premiere?
The world premiere of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was in London. It was at the Palace Theatre, with previews from 7 Jun. 2016 ahead of an opening day on 30 Jul. 2016. The opening night was the day before Harry Potter's birthday, on 31 July.
After sell-out performances in London, Harry Potter then flew on his Nimbus 2000 to Broadway. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child began Broadway previews at the Lyric Theatre on 16 Mar. 2018, ahead of an opening night on 22 Apr. 2018.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has since made its Australasian premiere, opening in Melbourne. A Canadian premiere is scheduled for Toronto's Ed Mirvish Theatre in 2022.
Who wrote Harry Potter and the Cursed Child?
Jack Thorne writes the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play. However, it's based on original ideas by Thorne, John Tiffany, and the Harry Potter novelist J. K. Rowling. Jack Thorne is an English playwright whose works include the now annual play adaptation of A Christmas Carol at the Old Vic. He's also adapted Woyzeck, as well as penned the television adaptation of His Dark Materials.
Who is in the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child London cast?
The Harry Potter and the Cursed Child cast features Sam Crane as Harry Potter, Frances Grey as Ginny Potter, Thomas Grant as Albus Potter, Thomas Aldridge as Ron Weasley, Michelle Gayle as Hermione Granger, Grace Wylde as Rose Granger-Weasley, James Howard as Draco Malfoy and Adam Wadsworth as Scorpius Malfoy.
Gabriel Akamo, Troy Alexander, Harry Ames, David Annen, Sue Appleby, Fletcher Bell, Sabina Cameron, Phil Cheadle, Robert Curtis, Tim Dewberry, Iskandar Eaton, Lewis Edgar, Max Forde, Jack Gardner, Jemma Gould, Lottie Grey, Kelton Hoyland, April Hughes, Max Hutchinson, Rafferty Isons, Emma Louise Jones, Alice Langton-Farrell Tom Mackean, David Mara, Henry Maynard, Kathryn Meisle, Abbiegail Mills, Harry Munson, Gigi Noel-King, Melaina Pecorini, Niamh Perry, Ruchi Rai, Ian Redford, Rosalind Steele, Tom Storey, Joshua Talbot, Susan Vidler, and Wreh-asha Walton complete the 46-strong company.
Who was in the original cast of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child?
The original cast of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child starred Jamie Parker as Harry Potter. Paul Thornley played Ron Weasley, with Noma Dumezweni as Hermione Granger, Poppy Miller as Ginny Potter, Alex Price as Draco Malfoy, Sam Clemmett as Albus Potter, Anthony Boyle as Scorpius Malfoy and Cherrelle Skeete as Rose Granger-Weasley/Young Hermione.
What theatre in London is Harry Potter and the Cursed Child playing at?
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is at the Palace Theatre, where the world premiere production took place.
What is the running time of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child?
In total, both Parts of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child run for 5 hours and 15 minutes. The running time of Part One is 2 hours and 40 minutes and Part Two is 2 hours and 35 minutes. Both Parts have a 20 minute interval.
What awards has Harry Potter and the Cursed Child won?
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child made history in 2017 as the most nominated play of all time at the Olivier Awards, taking home nine. Its Broadway production also walked away with many Tony Awards. Find out which major awards have been won by Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
Best New Play
Best Director - John Tiffany
Best Actor - Jamie Parker (as Harry Potter)
Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Noma Dumezweni (as Hermione Granger)
Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Anthony Boyle (as Scorpius Malfoy)
Best Costume Design - Katrina Lindsay
Best Set Design - Christine Jones
Best Sound Design - Gareth Fry
Best Lighting Design - Neil Austin
Best Direction of a Play - John Tiffany
Best Scenic Design in a Play - Christine Jones
Best Costume Design in a Play - Katrina Lindsay
Best Lighting Design in a Play - Neil Austin
Best Sound Design in a Play - Gareth Fry
How do I get tickets for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child?
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is one of the most popular plays in London. You'll want to book your tickets to the Harry Potter play at the Palace Theatre.
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