Theatre-goers in London’s famous West End district have Harry Potter fever. “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” began previews at the Palace Theatre on June 7th. Now it is playing to packed houses ever since its official opening on June 30th.
This play was a combined effort between J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany. After they came up with the general storyline together, Jack Thorne wrote the final script.
This play picks up nineteen years after the last book in Rowling’s famous series of magical novels. Harry Potter is now a grownup, a father of three children, and an employee at the Ministry of Magic. The central relationship in this play is between Potter and his youngest son Albus. Through various new trials and adventures, Harry Potter and Albus have to confront the legacy of the Potter family.
The famous roles of Harry, Ron, and Hermione are played by Jamie Parker, Paul Thornley, Noma Dumezweni respectively. This play was directed by the award-winning John Tiffany.
For anyone planning on seeing this show, you should be aware that this production is four hours long and it takes place over two nights.
Most critics from around the world have given this new play positive reviews. Critics Jack Shepherd for Independent, Matt Trueman for Variety, and Dominic Cavendish for the Daily Telegraph all gave this play five-stars. Critics hope that this play will make younger people interested in live theatre, much like the books turned a generation on to reading.