The First Harry Potter Play Wins Praise in London

The Harry Potter series of books for children by the writer J. K. Rowling have generated millions of sales worldwide and resulted in eight very successful screen productions. Recently, London’s Palace Theater drew a packed audience with the premier of the first play based on the Harry Potter story: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I and II

The play has already sold out through April, 2017. Co-written by Jack Thorne, J.K. Rowling and John Tiffany, the production inspired some members of the audience to travel to London from as far away as Texas in order to watch the first show. It tells the story of Harry Potter nearly two decades after the end of the final movie in the series. Now married with three children, he works very hard for the Ministry of Magic. His son, Albus, rejects his father’s background as a wizard.

Members of the audience and many reviewers gave high praise to the stage production. Directed by John Tiffany, the preview of Part I prompted speculation by some audience members that additional plays would follow. The cast includes actress Noma Dumezweni (playing Hermione Granger), Jamie Parker (as Harry Potter), Poppy Miller (as Ginny Potter) and Sam Clemmett (as Albus). Alex Price plays Draco Malfoy, Anthony Boyle plays his son, Scorpius, Paul Thornley plays Ron Weasley and Cherrelle Skeet plays Rose.