Palace Theatre – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Challenge completed!

One year ago I started this challenge with no idea whether I would be able to complete it. There were moments of weakness, but eventually here it is, challenge completed and what an end: Harry Potter! One thing I can say is I really enjoyed this challenge and have developed a habit of going to the theatre every week or every other week. “Habit is stronger than reason” they say and I am pretty sure I will keep going to the theatre quite often. Is this a luxury not everyone can afford? I will do my math and come back to you with the numbers and the statistics in my next post, so stay tuned.

 

Theatre

Palace Theatre is in the Nimax Theatres Group covered in my Lyric Theatre post.

Palace Theatre opened in 1891 as the Royal English Opera House. The Royal English Opera House was not successful with only two operas on the program and had to eventually be sold in a year. The venue was converted into a music hall and renamed the Palace Theatre of Varieties, running variety entertainments for the rest of the century. Screening films were introduced in 1897, showing newsreels and films as part of variety. In the early 1900s the theatre continued to screen films and also invited some of the leading dancers of the world to perform on stage, including: Anna Pavlova and Maud Allan. The name was changed to the Palace Theatre in 1911. During the First World War, the theatre presented revues; after the war the theatre was used mostly for films. In the 1920s, the Palace Theatre started to present operettas and soon switched to musical theatre. The venue has primarily hosted hit musicals since then. Palace Theatre was purchased by Nimax Theatre Group from Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group in 2012.

 

Plot

Next day after visiting Harry Potter and the Cursed Child I received an email from the production team to  and not reveal much about the play to not spoil it for those who still want to see it. So trying to be an obedient member of the audience, I will provide a very general overview of what the play is about. The plot evolves nineteen years after we last saw Harry Potter. He now works at the Ministry of Magic for no less than Hermione Granger. Harry and his son, Albus, are having father-and-son problems. Albus tries not to leave in the shade of Great Harry Potter and plans to accomplish something on his own. Albus gets into big trouble together with his friend, Scorpius and finally seeks help from the great trio of Harry, Ron and Hermione. When I said trouble, of course I meant He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named.

 

Production

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a two-part play developed by Jack Thorne from the original story by J.K Rawling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne himself. The play premiered at the Palace Theatre in July 2016 and had Broadway opening in April 2018.

Director:         John Tiffany

Producer:        Sonia Friedman Productions, Collin Callender, Harry Potter Theatrical Productions

Casting:         Julia Horan

020 7267 5261

julia@horanandhines.com

26 Falkland Road, London, NW5 2PX

There were open auditions for the play in September 2018 for the season staring March 2019. Keep an eye on Julia Horan’s twitter account for any other announcements.

 

Ticket

Bought my ticket from the Palace Theatre box office. I joined the line at about 1 PM for the same day tickets sale on Saturday. Unfortunately, there was only one ticket left for the day at £350, but ticket sale for any other day was starting at 2 PM so I bought a ticket for the next day at a reasonable price. £115 for both parts in the last row of the stalls. I missed some parts of the scene due to an overhang, but nothing of much importance. Overall a nice seat.

 

Running time is 2 hours and 40 minutes, Part One and 2 hours and 35 minutes, Part Two.

 

The Theatre Rat

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