The most highly anticipated show of 2016, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, opens at the Palace Theatre in July 2016, with previews beginning in May.
J.K Rowling has confirmed that she is teaming up with writer Jack Thorne and director John Tiffany to present the hotly anticipated show, which will be told in two separate parts.
The story focuses on the struggles of Harry’s second son, Albus Severus, as he fears being placed in Slytherin when he arrives at Hogwarts. Albus must carry the weight of the family name whilst Harry works at the Ministry of Magic. It has been revealed that the show will see Harry grapple “with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs.”
Alongside JK Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, the creative team for The Cursed Child will include prolific movement director Steven Hoggett, who is best known for his work on The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time. The show also features Set Design by Christine Jones, costume by Katrina Lindsay, special effects by Jeremy Chernick, lighting by Neil Austin, sound by Gareth Fry and music by Imogen Heap.
Casting for Harry, Ron and Hermione has been announced, with further casting to be announced at a later date. Jamie Parker, who currently stars as Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls at the Savoy Theatre, will play Harry. Paul Thornley, who recently starred in London Road by Rufus Norris will play Ron. Olivier Award-winning actress Noma Dumezweni plays Hermione after impressing critics with her performance in the Royal Court’s Linda.
The Harry Potter novels span seven books and have sold over 450 million copies worldwide. The franchise also has three other companion books, including Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them which is currently being developed into a movie starring Eddie Redmayne.
Tickets are bookable in two shows and it is advisable you book both in order to complete the experience.
Parts 1&2 will play on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays one after the other. You can also book tickets to Part 1 on its own on a Thursday and Part 2 on a Friday, both at 7.30pm.