Harry Potter and the Cursed Child review

Theatre, Drama Palace Theatre , Soho Open run
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© Manuel HarlanFranc Ashman (Hermione Granger), Jamie Ballard (Harry Potter) and Thomas Aldridge (Ron Weasley)

The biggest theatre hit of modern times bar none is Jack Thorne and JK Rowling's epic two-part eighth adventure for erstwhile boy wizard Harry Potter

In the unlikely event you were worried a leap to the stage for JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series would result in it becoming aggressively highbrow, self-consciously arty or grindingly bereft of magical high jinks, just chill the hell out, muggle. 

‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ is an absolute hoot, a joyous, big-hearted, ludicrously incident-packed and magic-heavy romp that has to stand as one of the most unrelentingly entertaining things to hit the West End. Writer Jack Thorne, director John Tiffany and a world-class team have played a blinder; if the two-part, five-hour-plus show is clearly a bit on the long side, it’s forgivable. ‘The Cursed Child’ emphatically exists for fans of Harry Potter, and much of its power derives from the visceral, often highly emotional impact of feeling that you’re in the same room as Rowling’s iconic characters. 

There’s also a sense that this story of wizards and witches is being treated with the respect its now substantially grown-up fanbase craves. No disrespect to D-Rad and chums, but the leads here are in a different acting league to their film counterparts’: Jamie Parker and Alex Price are superb as battered, damaged, middle-aged versions of old enemies Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy. Sam Clemmett and Anthony Boyle are a fine, puppyish, sympathetic engine to the play as their awkward sons Albus and Scorpius, trying to escape their parents’ shadows. It is a bit of a sausage (wand?) fest in terms of the lead parts, although in the most prominent female role Noma Dumezweni is effortlessly shit-kicking as a middle-aged Hermione Granger. 

Encouraged by Rowling, quite an, ahem, ‘enthusiastic’ anti-spoiler cult has sprung up around ‘The Cursed Child’. And I’m honestly not going to give anything major away, but if you feel learning anything about the plot whatsoever will ruin your life, it’s probably best to stop reading now.

‘The Cursed Child’ packs a lot in, but it’s basically a time-travel caper revolving around teenage misfits Albus and Scorpius, miserable at Hogwarts, stealing an experimental Time-Turner (a magical time-travelling device) from Harry. It’s a well-worn fantasy conceit, and Thorne is guilty of mining a few genre clichés. It’s also somewhat episodic, occasionally having the air of an old adventure serial, as the heroes flit between locations and times, generally delineated by reliably massive cliffhangers. But it does allow Thorne to dip into the length and breadth of Rowling’s universe in a way that will surely satisfy pretty much every fan. 

I won’t dwell on the exact nature of the special effects, but they are astonishing, albeit sensibly restrained. Certainly Jamie Harrison deserves his own special Olivier for his illusion work, while Neil Austin’s lighting design is stupendous and absolutely key to the success of the magic. There’s a trio of puppets that are pretty much the best puppets I’ve ever seen. And Steven Hoggart’s startling movement direction adds an intense, ritualistic air that heightens everything: even minor characters ambling through the grounds of Hogwarts look intensely magical. 

Looking backwards more than forwards, ‘The Cursed Child’ is as much a monument to the Harry Potter series as its continuation. But that’s fine, because never before has Rowling’s world felt so vividly, gaspingly, joyously real. 

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HOW TO GET CHEAP AND LAST-MINUTE TICKETS: Every Friday at 1pm 40 tickets will go on sale on line at www.harrypottertheplay.com for each of the following week’s performances for £20 (£40 for both parts). It is also well worth checking the website for short notice returns.

This review is from 2016. The current cast is Jamie Ballard (as Harry Potter), Susie Trayling (as Ginny Potter), Joe Idris-Roberts (as Albus Potter), Jonathan Case (as Scorpius Malfoy), Thomas Aldridge (as Ron Weasley), Rakie Ayola (as Hermione Granger), Helen Aluko (as Rose Granger-Weasley), and James Howard (as Draco Malfoy).

By: Andrzej Lukowski

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Tastemaker

There was a lot of hype surrounding the West End's adaptation of Harry Potter, and having finally seen it myself, I can confirm that this is one of the best show in London right now. 


I am sworn to secrecy not to reveal too much of the plot, but I can tell you that the on-stage 'magic' was spell-binding,  the apparitions were mighty impressive and the acting first-class. I thought that the actor who reprised his role as Scorpius shone particularly bright in his role.


Tickets are, of course, hard to come by. But if you ever get the opportunity, go see both parts. They are both captivating as each other. And fortunately for everyone, this is a show for both kids and big kids alike. 

tastemaker

I was sceptical before going to see this - was it going to be true to the original storyline? Would it be weird that the actors I’ve grown up with aren’t in it? - but I needn’t have been.

This show is absolutely epic! I was so surprised at how well all the tricks went and at how good the storyline was. The actors were brilliant and made the characters their own at the same time as staying true to the originals. I especially loved the character of Scorpius.

It does get a bit dark in places but would definitely recommend it for all the family (if you can get tickets that is!)

Tastemaker

Either you are fan of Harry Potter or no, you are going to be amazed by this show! The story continues from the last Harry Potter movie and loads of things are going on since then. A great production full of illusions & special effects that is going to blow your mind off!

Tastemaker

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is great in so many ways. The story is really good. The effects are excellent. It is nice to see the characters reimagined as adults. It is a big production and everything is done well, a company of 43 people. The acting is generally excellent. The tickets were expensive - it is two shows- but I did feel that we got good value for our money. Recommended.

tastemaker

UTTERLY UNMISSABLE!!

I still can’t believe that I had to wait precisely one year and two months to see HP: The Cursed Child Parts One and Two.

I can almost justify the wait, as there are so many people around the world who do come to London just to see this show.

It definitely was a huge wait.

I don’t think I can justify travelling from the other side of the world to come to London just to see a theatre show.

Only someone crazy and who lives 100% for Harry Potter.

Unaware of what I would be doing in a year and two months, I finally got the chance to book tickets.

I can say it was worth it and it will be if your one of the biggest fans of Harry Potter, which in this case I am.

I don’t really want to say too much, obviously we have to #KeepTheSecrets, but I can say it was a bloody brilliant production.

Seeing both parts on separate days really helped me understand the story very well.

It was incredibly interesting to see the story of Harry Potter nineteen years later.

I had no idea from what sort of direction they were going to take nineteen years on.

There are big surprises at every corner, at every second of the way.

Everything from the set, the costumes, the special effects to the huge production stunts was incredibly executed.

There were huge controversies around the cast of the show as it didn’t correspond to the original story of J.K. Rowling.

That really doesn’t bother me to be honest.

The cast did a tremendous job to create such an authentic, rapturous production.

A massive story evolved by the past, the present and the future.

Prepare to be surprised, shocked and mind-blown.

I wasn’t expecting the story to be twisted into this creative, heartwarming masterpiece.

I definitely recommend seeing parts one and two in different days. There will also be a big surprise on your arrivals before the start of the show.

Get ready and get excited.

Immerse yourself in this magical, inspiring world of Harry Potter and The Cursed Child.

Love MD.

#TOTastemaker


If you like spectacle and are a Harry Potter fan, you will love this show.  If not, it's a long 5 hours and 20 minutes of show.  I've seen most of the movies and like them.  You really need to know the Harry Potter characters and stories to understand and fully appreciate the two plays.  The special effects, lighting design and sound design are all very impressive.  There's a lot of plot to the show and it goes on and on.  Not a lot of subtext or nuance or thought-provoking emotion.  The first show is 2 hours and 45 minutes and the second show is 2 hours and 35 minutes.  I kept wishing that they could have come up with a simpler and shorter story in the 2-3 hour range.  I saw this show on 7 March with the replacement cast.  The guy playing Scorpious Malfoy (Draco Malfoy's) son was very good. 

tastemaker

Be bewitched!


As a Harry Potter fan I wanted to see this show for ages, but the ticket prices scared me away. Turned out it is possible to get tickets (I thought the shows are sold out in advance) and in a very friendly price as well (I bought mine 15 each for a surprisingly good seats).

The play itself has a few ups and downs. First thing I don't know why is it necessary to have two shows (apart for getting more money out of them). There are some parts what could have been easily cut out and make the show flow easier. Unfortunately there were parts when I found myself being bored.

The show has a lot of heart, the sets are amazing, the magic is clever and mind-blowing, the actors are doing a great job (I especially loved the bromance between Albus and Scorpius). The puppetry and the tricks took my breath away and I truly felt like in a magic word.


Overall Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a great experience, I definitely recommend watching it, but I think the price-value is not in balance (over a hundred pound for the tickets are a big exaggeration).

tastemaker

Total must see for any Harry Potter Fan. The wizarding world is truly brought to life before your eyes.


With all your favourite characters (besides Neville) this new potter story is well told, act and magiced. You will be truely shocked by the stage magic preformed as your transported to another world.


Yes it's nearly 4 hours long however I did both shows in a day and with plenty of food location nearby it's an excellent day out which I couldn't recommend more.

tastemaker

You know when you see a magic show/watch magic on TV and want to know how they did all the tricks? I didn't wish that with Harry Potter, the tricks are all part of its magic and to know how they were done would ruin the spectacle. I thought the premise for the show was an interesting one and at times a little far fetched. I loved what they did with the simple staging, moving props and set pieces in and out with a flick of the ensembles' capes. The best actor by far was Samuel Blenkin who plays Scorpius Malfoy, it helps that the character has been given a lot of great lines, but he pulls them off with style. I felt that the acting from other members of the cast was patchy in parts, hence the 4 stars. This piece of theatre is enchanting and definitely worth the (over a year) wait!


After waiting a whole year to finally watch both parts, all I can say is that it was definitely worth the wait. One of the best productions I've ever seen - although this may be slightly biased because I am a Harry Potter fan.

You definitely don't need to be a fan of Harry Potter or understand the story to follow the play as there are flashback scenes throughout both productions. This is a spin-off following one of Harry potter's son through some of his time at Hogwarts. Without giving too much away, the production is full of special effects that leave you wondering how these are executed; with a brilliant plot that's easy to follow with great acting. The costumes are a spectacle and every scene has been thought out and staged so well. My favourite character was Scorpius (Malfoy's son) who forms an unlikely bond with Potter's son; and he brings humour to the otherwise quite production.

My only quibble would be that the theatre isn't the most comfortable. I was sat in the grand circle in the first row and I didn't have much leg room. Just to point out I'm not that tall. In addition to this I spent most of the 5 hours leaning over the balcony. But, if I could see the production again I'd sit anywhere!! I think I'm going to start looking for another ticket for next year!

Tastemaker

Beware, muggles: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is an amazing play. It's all about the same story pretty much, 20 years later involving Harry Potters son but also himself and his old pals (and non-pals). The performances are seriously awesome with Scorpius Snape stealing the show with his talent. The sets and the magic tricks are mind blowing (particularly the entrance to the ministry of magic from the red telephone booth). I won't say much more about it because I have swear to #keepthesecrets but it is really worthwhile seeing. If you don't have tickets already, I'm sorry but you'll have to watch out if they introduce any new dates because currently it's sold out till sometime in 2018. They release a few tickets every Friday so have a look on that because you don't want to miss it! I'm sure it'll stay in the west end for a while though.

tastemaker

​There is no doubt that if you're a big fan of the Harry Potter franchise that you will love this play. I was really interested to see this production, as there are so many differences and difficulties when translating a storyline which has it's origins from a book, into a movie, and then into a theatre production. For example, reading a book allows for your own imagination to paint the wonderful colours and drama of magic; while in film there's wondrously detailed special effects that can be achieved with technology. Theatre, however, requires a delicate combination of the two. The whole back stage team, the lighting (Neil Austin), sound (Gareth Fry), movement (Steven Hoggett), set design (Christine Jones), special effects (Jeremy Chernick) and illusions (Jamie Harrison) should have a standing ovation on their own. Without giving too much away, this really carried the production and instilled that wide-eyed wonder and intrigue that we all know is the Harry Potter universe.The themes in this storyline are strong and easily relatable - the navigation of friendships and the teenage awkward years, and the struggles in relationships with parents. However, the storyline itself (specifically in what motivates a character's actions) and the script at times did not suspend disbelief; and a genuine tenderness between the couples was lacking, leaving it feeling quite stilted and rather awkward. Nevertheless, Samuel Blenkin as Scorpius outshone all these shortcomings, and together with the special effects and illusions kept the production engaging, humourous and, well, downright magical.

tastemaker

Talk about a magical time! I went to see this play with my parents yesterday and we all really enjoyed ourselves. This follows logic but this is not an easy play to understand if you haven't followed the books/films so definitely recommend a Harry Potter 101 if you're going with people who haven't read the books or seen the films. 


The whole play was beautifully done and the special effects were absolutely spellbinding (see what I did there?). It's difficult to get into it without giving too much away but if you're fortunate enough to have a chance to see it you will experience moments where your jaw will drop and you will be scratching you head wondering how they have managed some of those tricks live. The way they have incorporated magic into this play is commendable and will have you believing it might just be real.


The cast is delightful and play their parts to a T, although the way some characters have evolved is slightly disappointing (and some feel a bit obsolete). Hermione's bookish and bossy charm is somewhat lost and you'd think Harry would be a bit more chill considering the shit he's been through. The story feels far-fetched at times and can drag on a bit but this is all eclipsed by the fact that you get to spend at least six good hours reentering the world of Harry Potter we all know and love. 


We were sat in the second from last row in the middle and had good visibility, although some parts of the play happening at the very front of the stage are lost. Also note that if you suffer from vertigo the balcony might not be the place for you. It's surprisingly high up! Also bear in mind the play is long and the seats are not exactly the epitome of comfort so be ready for this. Snacks from outside are not allowed inside the theatre but the snacks sold inside are not a total rip-off either. I'd also recommend booking pre-theatre lunch/dinner at a restaurant around Soho at around 16:30 if you're doing the whole day marathon (we went to Blanchette and it was fabulous). Bottom line: come prepared for an exceptional day!

tastemaker

The magic on stage is absolutely amazing - traveling to Ministry of Magic is my favorite. A great cast for Harry, Ron as well as Scorpius. However I struggled to find Albus interesting,struggled to find the bookworm characteristics I loved in Emma Watson's Harmione in this adaptation, and really struggled with how small the set is compared to the feature films. Overall still great and glad I finally got to see it after getting tickets 2 years ago =P

tastemaker

Magical in every sense! 


Basically if you're a Harry Potter fan, you HAVE to see this. If you don't know the original story, I wouldn't recommend it because it follows on from that. 


As a die-hard Potterhead, I thought some parts of the storyline were a bit beyond belief. However, it was all brought to life in the most amazing way, staying true to the spirit of the films and characters. The magic itself was amazing and executed so smoothly; and some of the characters were brilliant – most had a great script (JK Rowling wrote it!)


I recommend making a day of it and seeing both parts together to really enjoy it. Each part is about 2.5 hours long so come prepared! Stop off at the House of Minalima in between to really add to the Harry Potter experience (even if it means re-entering the Muggle World.) 


They release a certain amount of tickets every Friday, but I would still expect to be waiting at least a good few months for standard tickets. I'd take advantage of the opportunity, dress up and bring along a wand ;) #keepthesecret

Tastemaker

This show genuinely made me believe in magic. 


As a massive Harry Potter fan, I avoided reading the script or talking to anyone about this show before I went, as I wanted to 'keep the secrets'. And I am so glad I did- this show is spellbinding! No wonder it swept up so many awards at the Olivier awards this year.


From the moment you enter the Palace Theatre, it is as if you have stepped through the Leaky Cauldron and left the muggle world behind. The set and production values are superb- you are left shaking your head in disbelief at some of the tricks and stunts the cast seamlessly pull off.

The story interweaves beautifully with the adored original story and the characters you love portrayed in a new, older light is captivating and heartwarming. The cast are superbly strong, with Jamie Parker bringing the troubles and arrogance you glimpse in Harry to life in a expertly fashion.


I did both parts back to back, and if possible, I would suggest this- as the minute the first part if finished, you are desperate to know how it finishes. The second part is not as surprising, as you have almost become used to the magic which envelopes this production. But the second part focuses more on the relationships and character development which is so central to this play.


The music, which is composed by Imogen Heap, was stunning. So ethereal and added so much atmosphere to what was happening on the stage. 


What I think will keep this show in action for decades to come, is that if you are a Potter fan, it is inevitable you will love it, but even if you have never read the books, whilst you might struggle with some of the story line, this is just an incredible piece of theatre and unlike anything on the West End at the moment. 



Ok as it's in two parts, part 1 was just jaw droppingly brilliant! So many special effects come to life which is surprising when most people are just so used to CGI at the cinemas whereas here, it's like they incorporate magic into the mix! Therefore part 1 was just full of surprises! Part 2 has less of that surprise element, still some magic but not as unexpected. A slight overacting by one of the characters (not one of the main characters luckily)! I have to say though... the actress that plays Hermoine stole the show, she's bloody brilliant! In terms of getting tickets, I totally got mixed up between Thu and Fri and randomly found tickets on Thu afternoon for part 1 & 2 (evening shows) that was two weeks from purchase... so it wasn't that hard and it was a brilliant view too!

Tastemaker

I cannot fault this show! Absolutely fantastic. The £120 for the dress circle was absolutely worth it - our view was fantastic. Some of the special effects are just dumbfounding!

tastemaker

I took my mum to see this double show extravaganza as a birthday treat and she really enjoyed it. Mind you she is a huge Potter fan so it's definitely her kind of night out. My partner came with us and he is definitely not a Potter fan. His review..."I wasn't 100% sure what was going on the entire time and I think I missed out on some in-jokes but it was worth seeing purely for the impressive visual effects". I agree fully with his statement. I am a Potter nerd and I just revelled in being back in that world but I was aware that if you haven't read the books or seen the films then you may not always understand what's going on.

To be honest the story has been done a good few times in many other films and it was slightly predictable but it was all done so well in terms of staging and the effects that I was gripped. Well done Potter!

tastemaker

Part I is pure magic; an absolute on-the-edge of your seat performance that delivers fresh characters and storyline whilst providing a welcome and nostalgic nod to the original much-loved trio. Part II? Well that let it down...

I won't share too much about the performance itself because I wouldn't want to ruin the truly magical surprise that awaits you. What I will say is this: I avoided all and any write-up, review or conversation about this play. As an avid fan of the original Harry Potter series and having grown up longing for my Hogwarts acceptance letter to arrive, I didn't want to have any presumptions or expectations. And when it came to Part I how right I was; prepare to be in complete awe, in tears and in hysterics, and prepare for the feeling of absolute dread as you get closer to the inevitable end and the curtain falling. 

The combination of a strong plot, an incredible cast, spellbinding visual effects and a Dumbledore Army-esque hoard of loyal fans fills the air with pure magic and electricity. I came out wanting to run around frantically urging anyone and everyone to get in line for tickets.

But then there was Part II - I had been told it was better but honestly, came out feeling disappointed and deflated. In my opinion it's downfall came because of unnecessary plot complexity, the lack of magic and too much of a focus on Harry Potter who, in his middle age has become, well just an awful person.

I would still recommend this play wholeheartedly as I believe that Part I truly pushes the boundaries of theatre and if it were not for Part II, would have scored it 5/5.

#KeeptheSecrets

tastemaker

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a treat. A long one! I have never before sat through so much theatre in one day and I am no spring chicken! The hours flew by. The second play passed as quickly as the first, unfortunately, because I never want good things to end. It was theatre as I have never seen theatre before. The stage movements from the first were very cleverly choreographed. The stage props were assets rather than simply necessary accompaniments. The story-line was a great one completely in keeping with the previous books. Jack Thorne did a good job. There was delightful interaction between Anthony Boyle and Sam Clemmett. But I have to raise my hat to Jamie Harrison, creator of magical illusion! Literally spell-binding!

Tastemaker

Spellbinding. There is no other word to describe Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. From the first scene it immerses you in a wizarding world complete with all of the problems of reality: the struggles of growing up, the trials of parenthood and the weight of expectation.

I'll #keepthesecrets, but suffice to say that the plot centres on Harry's son Albus and Malfoy's son Scorpius as they form an unlikely friendship at school. The original trio are of course present, but the younger stars lie at the emotional heart of the play as teenage life again takes centre stage. Anthony Boyle as Scorpius is mesmerising - a star in the making.

The staging is incredible - reliant on human ingenuity and talent as well as special effects, it's unlike anything I've seen before. There are moments that amuse, that shock and that simply take your breath away.

It's much funnier that expected, and is strongest when exploring the humanity and everyday life of its characters. In this way it's a glorious love letter to the fans, as scenes and relationships imagined and discussed in classrooms and forums worldwide are brought to life for the audience (who sigh and squeal accordingly, adding to the excitement).

It's not perfect. It's bloated - an hour could easily be shaved off. There are moments of awkward scripting and a few missed lines. The seats in the balcony are cripplingly small. But those are minor concerns when presented with this theatrical wonder.

It may take 14 months of waiting and a fervent effort to avoid all spoilers, but if you're a Potter fan The Cursed Child will undoubtedly be worth it.

Tastemaker

To make sure I wouldn't miss this play, I had booked the tickets more than a year in advance. Yes, I was on the very last row of the theatre, all the way to the top, for both plays but God have I enjoyed it! The entire room was captivated and wanted to share their passion with other fans during the interval which made you feel like this was more than just a play. To sum it up, Cursed Child is a story of parenthood, friendship and the trickiness of time.


What I loved:

* The very highlight of the show is Albus's and Scorpius's friendship: without giving too much away, these two have the weirdest but most touching and unexpected friendship and I found it super heart-warming.

* It was a real magic show! People proper disappearing on stage and reappearing elsewhere: I've seen the Impossible and this was just as impressive.

* Beware, SPOILERS: I loved that a few old legendary characters we thought gone forever came back.

* Obviously, SCORPIUS. The actor playing him is hilarious and brilliant. 100% in love with him and the character!

* The staging is incredible.

* The dementors were terrifying. Quite a lot of the play in general was pretty tense and anxiety-filling. I would probably not recommend going with young children.

* Ron is very funny, adding a touch of lightness to the whole plot.


What I hated:

* Yes, it is disturbing to see Ron, Harry and Hermione played by different actors.

* Harry is an absolute tosser of a middle-aged man. He does get better towards the end but really, what a knob the rest of the time!

* The 'adults' acting feels a bit off/fake.

Staff Writer

In all honesty, I believe this show has changed theatre forever. The special effects and magic were so sleek and so original it's set a challenge for upcoming shows in the future.

It's absolutely beautiful with a warmth of nostalgia. It's a healthy dose of the Potterverse without feeling stale. Anthony Boyle as Scorpius absolutely stole the show.

It really doesn't matter if you're into Harry Potter or not, this will 100% entertain any viewer.

Tastemaker

I think this was one of my most favourite Theatre experiences to date. I like Harry Potter and I love the theatre,so i was always going to have fun on my mega theatre day of watching Parts 1 & 2 back to back. But the reason I loved it was not just for all the hypnotic magical stage effects,captivating story and flawless choreography. This was a theatre experience like none other- this was the first time I had been to see anything in the theatre where I already know loads about the characters and the back story to what I was about to watch. Undoubtedly everyone in the audience knew the Potter stories and had come for the next installment,so I was not alone. With that premise,the show was able to kick straight into action and telling this next leg of the Potter saga. It was just fabulous. The story itself was just nail biting and the way it is tied into the past is just brilliant. Exciting,gut wrenching,heartfelt,wondrous,oh just go and buy a ticket and be transported into the Potterverse-LIVE!!! 




Strangely only saw the second half of this after a friend not being able to take the ticket so probably didn't experience the full the wonder of this show. I certainly enjoyed it, and there were elements which I loved but for me I couldn't help but want a little more magic and illusion. I imagined more strobe lights and adventurous effects, but was left a little dissapointed. Definitely a good show though, and bold to take on such a loved story and adapt the characters. Great music from Imogen Heap too.

tastemaker

As a childhood fan ofall things Harry Potter, I was always going to enjoy the next fix, the eighth story, eighteen year’s later. But I was not expecting to be moved so much so the story line and to be mesmerised by the fantastic movement of the scenes and the illusions created.

The play wonderfully captures the key values of the books – love, bravery, the choices we make and the ideals of friendship; all with the wit and humour we have come to love from JK Rowling. Not to spoil the characters so I will dwell on the ones we know – Harry Potter JR shines and really brings out the angst and pain that has cast a shadow on him so long, Ron is effortlessly funny and optimistic and we see some eye watering moments of interaction between characters new and old – I laughed, I cried and I was truly immersed into the script.

And being in two parts is absolutely essential, you go on a journey with the characters through good and bad, some fantastic twists that engage you all the way through.

As for the staging, first class and original. Well, it has to be, to bring the detail of the Wizarding world to life- the puppetry used, the illusions and even the exits are beautiful and capture your imagination !

Outstanding direction, incredible props and staging, beautifully acted and above all a killer plot that effortlessly follows the books and themes we all love about Harry Potter.

Staff Writer

I was very lucky to get a pair of tickets to attend Harry Potter and the cursed child - probably the most wanted show in in London West-End at the moment! The only word coming to mind to describe the show is MAGICAL and also INCREDIBLE! I have read the previous Harry Potter's novels and as well the script of the play and I have been amazed by the production on stage and the acting performance of the cast! The show is 5 hours long with a break in between, but J.K Rowling's writing takes you away in Harry's extraordinary world and you will not feel the length...I cannot disclose much about the show as secrets must be kept...However, I can reveal i found out it is possible to get returned tickets on wednesday's if you are patient to queue for a couple of hours... the wait is totally worth it!


She did it again...

#KeepTheSecrets

Lumos....




tastemaker

I was hopeless and thinking that I could never get my hands on the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child tickets. But my friend told me that it is possible to queue on the day for the returned tickets. So I did. I queue for nearly 5 hours on a Wednesday morning. And I suggest every Potter fans should do if you did not pre-book your tickets.  


5 hours seems incredibly long but well worth it. As the people in the queue are all shared the same passion as you. People starting to chat and the atmosphere was filled with excitement and emotional. Each time someone purchased the returned tickets, the crowd cheer, and applause. 


I read the script before I went to see the play and I would recommend revisited Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire if you could. And tried to see two parts in one day or you could have sleepless nights before you see the second part.


Magical it is the only word for it.

#KeepTheSecrets 


One has to admire JK. She writes books like bibles , releases 8 films - soon to be 9 - and now puts on a stage show in two parts that means you have to part with well over a hundred quid if you want to know the whole story. That's art meets business as I have never known it before. But here's the kicker .... It's brilliant .


The audience are sworn to secret , so out of respect I share no storyline but suffice to say the magic goes on. Its a slightly complicated plot , and I found the pace dragged a little at times. However , I did both shows in one day and found the overall experience to be rewarding , bordering on thrilling.


I hear the next 250,000 tickets have sold out. That's quarter of a million people headed to London from all over the world. I think JK will soon be up for an award for exports as well as a number of Oliviers.

tastemaker

I should start by saying that I am not one of those huge Harry Potter fans who had to read the books as soon as they came out - in fact, I’ve only read part of the first one.  However, I knew I had to get my hands on tickets to this play as it would be one of the hottest tickets in town. 

This play is well worth seeing and I really enjoyed it - the storyline is dark, gritty, but also light-hearted at times too.  I was put off at the thought of watching both parts in one day as sitting in one place for six hours seemed a tough ask, but it was fine in the end.  The actors are amazing and I particularly enjoyed watching the older versions of Ron and Hermoine - the young Scorpius also does a great job.  The staging is fantastic and the storyline is engaging, although I won’t give too much away #KeepTheSecrets.

The fact that Zachary Quinto, Chris Pine and John Cho were only a couple of rows in front of me was also another highlight!

Book tickets today, even if you’ll likely be ten years older by the time you actually get to see the play...


'Trio of puppets'- definitely not puppets- people! And it's costume that deserve a huge pat on the back for that one...


Ok I have vowed to #KeepTheSecrets so here's what I can say:


- I recommend seeing both parts in the same day because if not you wont be able to sleep thinking about what's going to happen next

- It's an absolutely phenomenal story much better than what I expected

- You'll actually feel that you are witnessing magic - some efects are outstanding

- You will laugh, cry and fall in love


I worth the wait!

Tastemaker

I don’t want to ruin any surprises for people who have not yet seen the show but if you were lucky enough to snag tickets to the show of the year, be sure that you will not be disappointed! The set is simple but makes for a versatile backdrop. There are so many funny moments as well as some incredible magic tricks that will leave you wondering what just happened. Although I’m fairly certain anyone going to see Cursed Child will know all about Harry Potter, they have done a clever job of providing enough of a back story so as not to lose anyone, while not taking too much time to rehash what most people already know. The hype is completely justified for Cursed Child and the story works really well on stage!

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