Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at Palace Theatre tickets
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at Palace Theatre tickets

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Overview

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.

Current casting 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.

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.

Recommended 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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Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 45 minutes (Part 1) & 2 hours 35 minutes (Part 2)
Opened: 30 May 2016
Press night: 25 Jul 2016
Booking from: 30 May 2016
Booking until: 07 Apr 2019

Location and map

Palace Theatre
109-113 Shaftesbury Avenue
London, W1V 8AY

768 Reviews Add review

Expect Magic, this show is bursting out at the seems with incredibleness! Having seen the show many times before, I always look fo... More

albuspotter 5"11, 137 reviews, 11 helpful votes

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.

albuspotter 5"11, 137 reviews, 11 helpful votes

It's hard to review this show without giving anything away (#keepthesecrets), but I was totally blown away by every aspect of this... More

jamesatwill 178, 100 reviews, 5 helpful votes

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.

jamesatwill 178, 100 reviews, 5 helpful votes

PART ONE: The Story line is INCREDIBLE. It is clearly shown that J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany make an excellent team... More

albuspotter 5"11, 137 reviews, 11 helpful votes

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.

albuspotter 5"11, 137 reviews, 11 helpful votes

A great event. Not cheap, but the story flows along. You really need to know the books in order to understand the jokes and the in... More

petermjdavies 6' 4", 1 review, 0 helpful votes

A great event. Not cheap, but the story flows along. You really need to know the books in order to understand the jokes and the information. Not for someone who has never seen the films or read the books. All the actors were fine and it is a good ensemble piece. I think seeing it over two nights works better than doing two shows in one day. The bag searching and lineups to get into the theatre are really annoying. They don't add any value, and cause a lot of stress if you arrive in the normal time. Add to this the fact that you have to allow extra time to pick up your tickets on the first day and it does make the whole process of entering the theatre a real drag. The worst part of the evening is getting there.

petermjdavies 6' 4", 1 review, 0 helpful votes

PART TWO: The story ends in the most perfect way, staying loyal to the novels. I really recommend not reading spoiler reviews or t... More

albuspotter 5"11, 137 reviews, 11 helpful votes

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...!!

albuspotter 5"11, 137 reviews, 11 helpful votes

This review is for Part one of the Cursed Child. One of the best shows I have ever seen! Love the way that they mix modern and ... More

edwoz 5'10", 16 reviews, 0 helpful votes

This review is for Part one of the Cursed Child. One of the best shows I have ever seen! Love the way that they mix modern and old techniques to perform the tricks. They acting is very good (although Albus is a little too intense at times) and the script is brilliant. The story stays loyal to the novels and nothing is drastically changed or edited for the sake of theatre adaptation. All the actors are fantastically cast (special hats off to Scorpious), and you feel the same sentiments for them as you do the film cast/novel characters. Highly recommended, and worth the extra money if you are not buying through Friday Forty.

edwoz 5'10", 16 reviews, 0 helpful votes

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... More

Anonymous User 4473 reviews, 578 helpful votes

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.

Anonymous User 4473 reviews, 578 helpful votes

Amazing stuff. The storyline evokes a style that is similar to J.K. Rowling's other Potter novels (for better or for worse), and w... More

clemonylemony 5"8.5, 49 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Amazing stuff. The storyline evokes a style that is similar to J.K. Rowling's other Potter novels (for better or for worse), and winds up with a theatre production that would impress even the regular theatre-goer. Characters are well fleshed out, with standout performances by Anthony Boyle (Scorpius Malfoy), Noma Dumezweni (Hermione Granger-Weasley), Jamie Parker (Harry Potter) and Paul Thornley (Ron Weasley). That said, the cast is extremely strong as a whole, and there are no weak links. Theatre tricks are well employed to create the magic of the Potter world, and do loads to add to the atmosphere of the play. The sets and props are elaborate, yet with seamlessly quick scene transitions. You'd probably need to have watched or read the original series in its entirety to fully understand the play, though.

clemonylemony 5"8.5, 49 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Utterly stunning, this exceeded my incredibly high expectations. I really want to see it again up close from the stalls so that I ... More

Ellie7 5 reviews, 1 helpful vote

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.

Ellie7 5 reviews, 1 helpful vote