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 a stage. Rehearsals began this week for the third cast of the critically acclaimed West End production who will start their performances at the Palace Theatre in London on May 23rd 2018.
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…
Joining the 42-strong company are: Jamie Ballard as Harry Potter, Susie Trayling as Ginny Potter, Joe Idris-Roberts as their son Albus Potter, and Jonathan Case as Scorpius Malfoy. Continuing in their roles are: Thomas Aldridge as Ron Weasley, Rakie Ayola as Hermione Granger, Helen Aluko as their daughter Rose Granger-Weasley, and James Howard as Draco Malfoy.
Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a two-part play written by Jack Thorne, and directed by John Tiffany. Receiving its world premiere in June 2016, the West End production has won twenty-four major theatre awards, including the Evening Standard Best Play Award, as well as a record-breaking nine Oliver Awards – including Best New Play and Best Director – the most awarded play in the history of the Oliviers. The Broadway production will begin previews at the Lyric Theatre later this week on 16 March 2018 and in early 2019 the Australian production will open at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre.