Review: ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ at Palace Theatre is Fantastically Magical

By Blaise Buckley on 19 October 2017
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The biggest hit in the West End deserves all the accolades it’s receiving. For those unfamiliar with it, it’s “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” which follows J.K. Rowling’s magical seven-volume Harry Potter series, picking up 19 years later as he enters middle age as a parent in London and civil servant employed at the Ministry of Magic. The two-part, five-hour sequel will soon be casting a spell on both sides of the Atlantic, when it opens at the Lyric Theatre in April 2018.

Harry struggles with a past that refuses to remain there while his youngest son grapples with the mantle of a family legacy he never wanted.

Tickets are so hard to come by that many a fan has taken to reading the script. which was not written by J.K. Rowling, creator and author of the Potter series, but by playwright Jack Thorne. Thorne penned the play working closely with Rowling, who gave her approval every step of the way. Understandably, Thorne brings each character a voice that isn’t identical to Rowlings’, which has led to some unrest on the part of some fans.

My advice is to hold off reading the script until you’re able to see the play for yourself, especially since it’s coming to New York in 2018. If you do, you will be in for a treat.

The actors and director along with the sets, costumes and special effects bring together one of the most exhilarating live theatrical events ever produced. Scenes have the entire audience on the edge of their seats with suspense, eyes glued to the stage so as not to miss a second of the magic.

The play is performed in two parts and should be experienced in two separate sittings. I would advise to see a matinee of part 1 followed by part 2 that same evening so you won’t lose any sleep wondering what is yet to come. The two-hour break between parts one and two are more than enough to create a self induced anxiety attack and I wouldn’t want to deal with the suspense for any longer than necessary.

The company has done an impressive job of keeping the secrets they’ve created for the phenomenon, so that any teasers or spoilers won’t take anything away any future audience participant’s experience. Beyond the underlying plot and a promise that it will be a fantastically magically and emotional experience, and those who created it deserve the ovations they receive at the end of each performance.

THE DETAILS

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Palace Theatre
Shaftesbury Avenue
London W1D 5AY
Runtime: Part One 2 hours and 40 min. / Part Two 2 hours and 35 min.
www.harrypottertheplay.com

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