Shaftesbury Avenue, London
Previewed: 7 June 2016
Opened: 30 July 2016
Nearest Tube: Leicester Square
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Wednesday at 2.00pm(1) and 7.30pm (2)
Thursday at 7.30pm (1)
Friday at 7.30pm(2)
Saturday at 2.00pm(1) and 7.30pm(2)
Sunday at 1.00pm(1) and 6.30pm(2)
Runs ? hours and ? minutes
£? to £? (plus booking fees if applicable)
The eagerly awaited West End stage Premiere of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in London from Summer 2016 and officially sanctioned by JK Rowling - presented in two parts.
Cursed Child is a brand new story that focuses on Harry Potter's early life following the death of both of his parent's and his subsequent upbringing as part of his mother's sister's family. JK Rowling says: "To answer one inevitable (and reasonable) question - why isn't Cursed Child a new novel? - I am confident that when audiences see the play they will agree that it was the only proper medium for the story. I've had countless offers to extend Harry's story over the years, but Jack Thorne (writer), John Tiffany (director) and Sonia Friedman (producer) are a dream team. It has been a huge pleasure to share with them (and soon, with you) this untold part of Harry's story."
This stage play is written by Jack Thorne and is based on a story created by JK Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany. It is directed by John Tiffany with movement and choreography by Steven Hoggett, set designs by Christine Jones, costume designs by Katrina Lindsay, lighting by Neil Austin, sound by Gareth Fry, special effects by Jeremy Chernick and music by Imogen Heap.
Jack Thorne's West End credits include adapting John Ajvide Lindqvist's Let The Right One In (Apollo Theatre 2014). John Tiffany's London directing credits include the musical Once (Phoenix Theatre 2013) and the play Let The Right One In (Apollo Theatre 2014).
"A pretty standard time-travel fantasy, going back to the past to change the future, with all the wizardly wizardry expected, but all the more mind-blowing for unravelling in the theatre, where the magic is real. From the first moment, John Tiffany's spectacularly well staged, visually astounding production puts the wand into wonder... There is a lot to marvel at and enough tension to grip, but it's not until the much more satisfying second part that the play, co-written by Jack Thorne, becomes more than ingenious plotting and dazzling magic... Moreover, while you don't need to know your expelliarmus spell from your expecto patronum, it does help to be familiar with the implications of Cedric Diggory's death at the hands of Voldemort. I would cheerfully sacrifice some plot and pyrotechnics for richer characterisation, psychological depth, more emotional involvement, even a bit of philosophical reflection - in other words, for the play to dig deeper than the novels. But Pottering along on its own terms, this show is a mere live owl short of Potteresque perfection." The Mail on Sunday
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in London previewed from 7 June 2016 and opened on 30 July 2016.