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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: 29 Apr 2018
Duration: 2 hours 45 minutes (Part 1) & 2 hours 35 minutes (Part 2)
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  • Jordannn 5"11 male 63 reviews 0 helpful votes
    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
  • jamesatwill 178 male 53 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
  • Jordannn 5"11 male 63 reviews 0 helpful votes
    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
  • mayagottlieb 17 reviews 0 helpful votes
    100% total rating Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, 1st June 2017
    A fascinating, brilliant theatrical production, narratively engaging and incredible from a technical point of view. Very good acting and a lovely take on the beloved characters from the books and movies. The new characters are equally as compelling, particularly in the added dimension they bring to the old characters we already know. The mind-blowing and breathtaking magical world created is all the more powerful because of the connections drawn with the world we live in and experience every day, anchored in some very touching moments and messages, particularly about growing up and figuring out your identity, who you were, who you are, and who you aspire to become. A truly magical experience!
    Sat in Stalls A27
    Restricted view, so there are a few scenes where the view is completely obstructed and you can only hear what they are saying, but cannot see the characters or actions taking place. Since the seat is so close to the stage, though, it's not that bad and it's special to see the actors so close-up. If you want to get a full view, then these seats are not ideal. But if you want a well-priced seat, it's worth it! And missing out on seeing a few of the scenes does not effect any of the understanding or atmosphere of the show (partially because you can hear everything, but also because it's only in a few scenes and the entire show is so well-constructed that you will be engaged no matter what).
    A27 Stalls - Palace Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Stalls A27
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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