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Palace Theatre
109-113 Shaftesbury Avenue
London, W1V 8AY
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Opened: 30 May 2016
Booking from: 30 May 2016
Booking until: 22 Jul 2018
Duration: 2 hours 45 minutes (Part 1) & 2 hours 35 minutes (Part 2)
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  • albuspotter 5"11 male 76 reviews 1 helpful vote
    100% total rating Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, 14th September 2017
    Expect Magic, this show is bursting out at the seems with incredibleness! Having seen the show many times before, I always look forward to returning to 'the wizarding world'! This play is written so wonderfully by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne (Playwright) and John Tiffany (Director). Every single scene is perfect and has a reason to be included and we really get to indulge ourselves in the characters thoughts and feelings. Of course, Harry, Ron and Hermione take centre stage as the principles of the cast, but they are also joined by Ginny, Draco, Albus (Harry's son) and Scorpius (Draco's Son). Although the script of this play has been published and is available around the world. When you're in the theatre, just look around at the beauty of it and how perfectly it fits into the setting of the story! It is already completely clear that Jamie Glover, Tom Aldridge and Rakie Ayola make an awesome trio, plus Samuel Blenkin plays an incredibly awkward but loveable Scorpius. I was also lucky enough to see Tom Mackley as Albus Potter! He usually plays Karl Jenkins but for the week i was seeing it he was on as Albus, I loved how he portrayed a much more moody teenager, and in the emotional scenes he has with his dad (Harry) and Scorpius he went for it with everything he had inside him. This Show, This Cast, This is unmissable.
    Sat in Stalls B12
    I bought this ticket as a return from the Nimax booking page via the Cursed Child website, checking regularly you can find a whole load of great seats that have been returned by customers! From this seat I was worried the stage was going to be just too high and I wouldn't be able to see because of the back of heads in my view, but luckily this wasn't the case. The seat is on the 4th row back, 3 seats off the central aisle and offers a very close view, while still not being so close that you have to strain your neck to see anything. You do have to look from side to side to get the full picture of the stage, but it is totally worth it to be so close and see all the actor's facial expressions! The legroom is just about ok in my opinion, you can sit perfectly well with your knees just centimetres away from touching the back of the seat in front, but once someone sits down in that seat you can actually put your feet under and almost stretch your legs out fully I found that my back started to ache a little near the end of the show but this could just be the way I was sitting. The theatre does get quite hot and stuffy, so I would recommend coming to the theatre with a jacket on that you can easily take off and keep at your feet or in the cloakroom. Each part has a 20 minute interval in and I found the best place to go is the entrance where the merchandise is, as this is cool and not crowded at all. During the show, there are a lot of scenes that take place at the front of the stage on either side, this is a great place to sit for seeing those.
    B12 Stalls - Palace Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Stalls B12
  • jamesatwill 178 male 63 reviews 1 helpful vote
    100% total rating Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, 13th November 2016
    It's hard to review this show without giving anything away (#keepthesecrets), but I was totally blown away by every aspect of this production. Everything has been done so well - even from the way that the online ticket queue was handled, to the constant email communications leading up to the day of the performance, to the presentation of the theatre itself, and then of course the actual performance. I managed to completely avoid any details of the story before attending the show, and I am SO glad I did - if anyone is wondering whether to read the script before the show I would definitely recommend trying to avoid it if you can - there were a number of things that happened in the show that are described in the book, and would not have been a surprise if I had read it before hand. The acting was superb, the lighting was unlike anything I have seen before, and the special effects were absolutely outstanding - my mouth was agape for pretty much the whole show! It was so amazing hearing the whole theatre gasp when some of the bigger effects were used. I have a ticket to go back again next year already, and I really can't wait.
    I didn't really have much choice of what seats to book (seeing as I got it in the first round of Harry Potter ticket sales and the queue was crazy!), and was worried about the view after reading other reviews on here. Overall I thought this seat was great value for money - yes it's one of the cheaper seats in the theatre and is pretty much as far away from the stage as you can get, but you do get a clear view of the whole stage and can follow everything that's going on just fine. For Harry Potter you can still see all of the amazing effects and feel included in the performance. The legroom is very tight, and my knees took a little while to get back to normal at each break! Even though the seats are very steeply raked and very high, once sat down I didn't feel this was a problem at all, but I could imagine vertigo sufferers might struggle. I did need to lean forward for quite a few parts if the person in front leant forward. There was about 5 minutes of the play that I couldn't see, where something happens right at the very front of the stage - I think this part would be missed by pretty much everyone in the balcony. One thing to note is it was very warm up this high (and this was in November) - I can imagine it being very uncomfortable in the summer - I'd recommend wearing light clothing!
    N18 Balcony - Palace Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Balcony N18
  • albuspotter 5"11 male 76 reviews 1 helpful vote
    100% total rating Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, 15th June 2017
    PART ONE: The Story line is INCREDIBLE. It is clearly shown that J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany make an excellent team. It is full of clever twists and turns (and even some familiar faces!) that you would never expect. The auditorium is gorgeous. I really think it is the perfect place for the show, it is such a gothic setting with traditional features. The front of house staff are so nice and helpful. They genuinely want you to have a great time! One thing about the show that really stood out for me is the musical accompaniment (Composed by Imogen Heap). It is a more Modern/Contemporary soundtrack than the films but works so well with the Choreography (Movement Directed by Steven Hoggett). This is the third time I have seen this show and the second time I have won the friday forty lottery! It is SO worth trying because you never know what could happen! The atmosphere in the theatre as you go in is electric, I doubt this show will ever close! The New cast (from 24/05/17) are literally just as good as the last one. Samuel Blenkin as Scorpius Malfoy was probably the best actor on the stage, during his performance I both laughed and cried.
    The seat is fantastic! Very comfortable cushioning and enough room to be comfortable! The legroom is great because you can actually stretch your legs under the seat in front or into the aisle next to you! The view is fabulous, you really get to experience the characters emotions and see their facial expressions close up. The only downside with the view is in certain scenes there is a lot of people on stage and sometimes you can't see someone speaking even if they are on a raised platform. But this is only for a few seconds and doesn't really impact on the experience at all! The only thing you miss during the show is the bottom of peoples feet at times and this doesn't matter at all! If you are sitting in one of the front rows then before the show or in the interval, turn around and have a look at the theatre and how beautiful it is!
    BB15 Stalls - Palace Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Stalls BB15
  • albuspotter 5"11 male 76 reviews 1 helpful vote
    100% total rating Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, 16th June 2017
    PART TWO: The story ends in the most perfect way, staying loyal to the novels. I really recommend not reading spoiler reviews or the script if you're seeing the show relatively soon. The most brilliant part was that you had no idea what was going to happen. The movement and music again for part two was astounding. Samuel Blenkin brought scorpius to the his maximum potential YET AGAIN, he really is a phenomenal actor. I also have really developed a fondness for the new Hermione played by Rakie Ayola. There was one scene with her and Rose (her daughter) which brought me to hardcore tears! Jamie Glover as Harry was also a stand out, there was something about him that was extremely 'Potter'. Also, Draco Malfoy was portrayed excellently by James Howard, again, the his performance was really true to the character. The full cast are incredible and this play is a phenomenon that I hope many people will be able to see and share the excitement! I can't wait for my 4th trip back...!!
    Once again, the seat is fantastic! Very comfortable cushioning and enough room to be comfortable! The legroom is great because you can actually stretch your legs under the seat in front or into the aisle next to you! The view is fabulous, you really get to experience the characters emotions and see their facial expressions close up. During Part Two a lot happens on stage and it really is incredible to be that close to it all (especially the aisle seat, but i'll have to #keepthesecrets on that one!). being able to see all the cast members faces is a huge benefit and makes the experience that little bit more magic!
    BB15 Stalls - Palace Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Stalls BB15
HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD SEATING PLAN
The Palace Theatre offers the best views in the Stalls and front of the Dress Circle. Ends of the rows are sometimes restricted and there are pillars placed throughout the seating.
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STORY
J.K Rowling and Jack Thorne bring the next instalment of the internationally renowned Harry Potter series to the stage. Selling out within days, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has extended its run to 2017, playing in two parts at the Palace Theatre London. A sequel to the seventh book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Rowling’s latest offering follows what happens to Harry those ’19 years later’.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child focuses on the struggles of Albus Severus, Harry’s second son. Fearing being placed in Slytherin upon arrival to Hogwarts, Albus must cope with the fame that comes with the Potter legacy. Harry himself is now a husband and father to three children and must juggle this with his job at the Ministry of Magic. Still struggling with elements from his past that refuse to remain forgotten, Harry and Albus both come to realise that sometimes, darkness comes from the most unexpected of places.

Directed by the prolific John Tiffany (Once, Let the Right One In), the show features pyrotechnics, special effects and tricks designed by Jeremy Chernick in order to recreate the marvellously magical world. Renowned movement director Steven Hoggett (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime) is also part of the creative team, working alongside set designer Christine Jones, costume designer Katrina Lindsay, lighting designer Neil Austin and sound designer Gareth Fry. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child also includes original music by the talented Imogen Heap.

Original casting included Jamie Parker as Harry Potter, who is currently starring in the Savoy production of Guys and Dolls and has credits including Assassins and The History Boys. London Road’s Paul Thornley began in the role of Ron, whilst Hermione was played by Noma Dumezweni, who wowed audiences and critics with her heart-wrenching performance in Linda.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be told in two epic parts that will run simultaneously, and is already the most highly anticipated show of the year.
SUITABLE FOR
Those who love the Harry Potter books and films will adore seeing the story in a new theatrical form. Recommended for anyone who loves the famous series!

Age Recommendations: Recommended 10+
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