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Palace Theatre
109-113 Shaftesbury Avenue
London, W1V 8AY
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SHOW TIMES
Opened: 30 May 2016
Booking from: 30 May 2016
Booking until: 27 May 2017
Duration: 2 hours 45 minutes (Part 1) & 2 hours 35 minutes (Part 2)
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  • jamesatwill 178 male 39 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
  • Ellie7 5 reviews 1 helpful vote
    100% total rating Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, 3rd December 2016
    Utterly stunning, this exceeded my incredibly high expectations. I really want to see it again up close from the stalls so that I can see the actors expressions more clearly, although it is definitely a beautifully choreographed play which can be fully enjoyed from further back. I would recommend not reading the script before seeing it, because the surprise and responsiveness of the audience was magical in itself. The story was very dense, and a little complex, which is good because it means it can be experienced again. The best acting I have ever seen in my life, particularly for Harry, he was so believable. They all were. It was worth the money just in terms of the excitement I had for it in the year between booking the tickets and actually seeing it. It was funny, heartbreaking, beautiful and surprising. Magic is real.
    I didn't really notice at the time, but you can't see the top of the stage from this seat, however this was inconsequential. It was very nice to have such a central view, and to be on the end of the row. This is an excellent seat for appreciating the overview of the performance without being too far away. Three of the special effects were especially good from here, I think maybe the distance helps because one of them was repeated often and each time it was completely magical, and I was convinced it was done a really complicated way, even though I now realise it was most likely a simple thing.
    I19 Dress Circle - Palace Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Dress Circle I19
  • Anonymous User 4118 reviews 548 helpful votes
    100% total rating Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
    I travelled from Australia and saw the preview of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and it was amazing, I am already hoping to get tickets to see it again in 2017. The production itself was truly magical - I absolutely recommend seeing the play as it was meant to been seen, as a theatre show rather than reading the script (if you're lucky enough to get a ticket). However my enjoyment of the show was negatively impacted from the seat. As I saw a preview, the seats were all priced the same and seating was first-in-best-dressed, however if you have the option/finances to pay for a better seat, then I strongly recommend doing so. I also met all the actors at the stage door which was pretty amazing so my overall experience was fantastic, I was just let down from the shocking seat.
    Sat in Balcony O7
    I don't remember much about the legroom or the comfort of the seat, other than the fact that I was leaning forward on the edge of my seat for the majority of the play. This was due to the fact that a good portion of the stage was cut off from this 'restricted view' seat, and I had to stand up at a couple of points to see action taking place at the very front of the stage. It is such a shame that the theatre is designed in a way that these very back seats are so far away from the stage. The actors felt so distant and so even though I did laugh and gasp and get shivers from the play, I felt disconnected from the action in scenes of intense emotion - i.e. I did not cry even in really sad scenes (despite wanting and trying to cry). Even with the little blurry binoculars, the stage was so far away and the actors' expressions were unintelligible. So the seat kind of sucks, but if you score a ticket to see the cursed child don't give it up because the play is still worth it. Also note that it was quite warm in the theatre on the 34° day that I saw it especially up the very top - the english girls next to me were fanning themselves with their program, I however, being from Australia, didn't really care about the heat ;) Another thing to note is there is a speaker directly behind the seat, very loud with some of the sound effects so just a warning for those with sensitive hearing.
    O7 Balcony - Palace Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Balcony O7
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  • clairemichelle 5"3 15 reviews 0 helpful votes
    100% total rating Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, 25th March 2017
    Incredible as always, and really loved Stuart Ramsay's performance (Harry's understudy). I've seen this show three times, spaced out from previews to now and it's been incredible to see the cast grow into the roles and play around with their characters.
    Sat in Balcony C5
    This is a restricted view ticket, so bear that in mind when buying. There are barriers running right across your view, and the people in the two rows below you are guaranteed to lean forwards, meaning that sometimes, you will struggle to see things happening on stage. Legroom is just about ample for someone of my height. If you're desperate to see this show but have a very low budget, this is an alright choice of seat, but personally I think front row balcony (also obstructed view) is better for the price, as you have the bonus of not having people's heads in front of you.
    C5 Balcony - Palace Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Balcony C5
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.

Casting includes 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 will play Ron, whilst Hermione is 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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