The complete guide to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre

By | Posted on 20-Jan-2020

The complete guide to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. Having won 24 major theatre awards in the UK, it’s the most awarded play in the history of the Olivier Awards, continuing to astound audiences at the Palace Theatre. Find out more about the record-breaking play with us and book your Harry Potter and the Cursed Child tickets now.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

What happens in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child?

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
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It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

Who is Harry Potter and the Cursed Child written by?

The eighth story in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a 2016 play written by Jack Thorne, which is based on an original story by Thorne, John Tiffany and J.K. Rowling.

Jack Thorne is a British screenwriter and playwright, whose theatrical works include an adaptation of A Christmas Carol, which has been performed in three consecutive seasons at the Old Vic, an adaptation of Georg Büchner’s Woyzeck and Junkyard, a brand new musical set in Bristol.

How can I see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child?

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is one play presented in two parts, intended to be seen in order on the same day (matinee and evening performances) or on two consecutive evenings.

Booking Harry Potter and the Cursed Child tickets? When booking with us, you’ll be able to buy tickets to see both Parts on one day (Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday performances), or across two nights (Part One on Thursday and Part Two on Friday).

When was Harry Potter and the Cursed Child first performed?

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child received its world premiere at the Palace Theatre in London on 7th June 2016, with an official opening night on 30th July 2016. Since then, it’s gone on to be performed around the world, and there will be six productions running by the end of 2020.

StatusTheatreDates
West EndPalace Theatre7th June 2016 – Present
BroadwayLyric Theatre16th March 2018 – Present
MelbournePrincess Theatre18th January 2019 – Present
San FranciscoCurran Theatre23rd October 2019 – Present
HamburgMehr! Theater7th February 2020 – Present
TorontoEd Mirvish TheatreAutumn 2020

Who is currently starring in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child?

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
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The cast of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child currently stars Jamie Ballard (as Harry Potter), Susie Trayling (as Ginny Potter), Dominic Short (as Albus Potter), Thomas Aldridge (as Ron Weasley), Michelle Gayle (as Hermione Granger), Rayxia Ojo (as Rose Granger Weasley), James Howard (as Draco Malfoy) and Jonathan Case (as Scorpius Malfoy).

The cast is completed by Lola Adaja, David Annen, Valerie Antwi, Emma Bown, Adrian Christopher, Craig Connolly, Robert Curtis, Tim Dewberry, Rachelle Diedricks, Blythe Duff, Antony Eden, Jim Fish, Thomas Gilbey, Elliot Grihault, Rosie Hilal, Joseph Horsford, Mia Hudson, William Lawlor, Susan Lawson-Reynolds, Ronnie Lee, Ryan J Mackay, Lucy Mangan, David Mara, Barry McCarthy, Marcus McKinlay, Kathryn Meisle, Gordon Millar, Duncan Shelton, Molly Shenker, Luke Sumner, Mark Theodore, Emma-May Uden, Madeleine Walker and Maddy Yates.

Where can I listen to the music in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child?

Transporting audiences into a world of witchcraft and wizardry, the music in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is presented as four musical suites, representing each of the four acts and enabling listeners to be transported into the heart of Hogwarts through music. The album is produced and composed by the two-time Grammy Award-winning composer Imogen Heap, which was nominated for best musical theatre album at the 2020 Grammy Awards.

Who was in the original West End cast?

The original cast of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child starred Jamie Parker (as Harry Potter), Paul Thornley (as Ron Weasley), Noma Dumezweni (as Hermione Granger), Poppy Miller (as Ginny Weasley), Alex Price (as Draco Malfoy), Sam Clemmett (as Albus Potter) and Anthony Boyle (as Scorpius Malfoy).

The company was completed by Cherrelle Skeete, Esther Smith, Jeremy Ang Jones, Claudia Grant, Paul Bentall, Chris Jarman, Jenet Le Lacheur, Helena Lymbery, Barry McCarthy, Sandy McDade, Tom Milligan, Jack North, Nuno Silva, Rudi Goodman, Alfred Jones, Bili Keogh, Ewan Rutherford, Nathaniel Smith, Dylan Standen, Zoe Brough, Cristina Fray and Christiana Hutchings.

What awards has Harry Potter and the Cursed Child won?

Essentially sweeping the boards at both the Tony Awards and the Olivier Awards, check out which awards Hamilton has won on both sides of the pond.

Olivier Awards (winning categories in bold)

CategoryNominee
Best new playHarry Potter and the Cursed Child
Best actor in a playJamie Parker as Harry Potter 
Best actor in a supporting role in a playAnthony Boyle as Scorpius Malfoy
Best actress in a supporting role in a playNoma Dumezweni as Hermione Granger
Best directorJohn Tiffany
Best theatre choreographerSteven Hoggett
Best set designChristine Jones
Best sound designGareth Fry
Outstanding achievement in musicImogen Heap
Best costume design Katrina Lindsay
Best lighting designNeil Austin

Tony Awards (winning categories in bold)

CategoryNominee
Best playHarry Potter and the Cursed Child
Best performance by a leading actor in a playJamie Parker as Harry Potter
Best performance by a featured actor in a playAnthony Boyle as Scorpius Malfoy
Best performance by a featured actress in a playNoma Dumezweni as Hermione Granger
Best directorJohn Tiffany
Best set designChristine Jones
Best costume design Katrina Lindsay
Best lighting designNeil Austin
Best sound designGareth Fry
Best theatre choreographerSteven Hoggett

Where is Harry Potter and the Cursed Child performed in the West End?

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is at the Palace Theatre. The Palace Theatre is located on Shaftesbury Avenue (W1D 5AY). Northern and Piccadilly line services are available from the tube station at Leicester Square. The closest train station is Charing Cross, which is a 15-minute walk away from the theatre.

Photo credit: Manuel Harlan