Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
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Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a new play by Jack Thorne. It is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The critically acclaimed production is most awarded West End play in the history of the Olivier Awards, winning a record-breaking nine awards including Best New Play and Best Director in 2017. 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.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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Neighborhood: Soho
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  • vroni K
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Loved it! The magic is real!
    I loved the whole experience and would really like to congratulate the whole ensemble on their touching performance! The choreography is magical and the story carried me away. It was worth the journey from my home country as well as the wait.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 9, 2023
  • Ness B
    38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spend the money on the good seats. Worth it !
    The show was mesmerising throughout. Act and effects were brilliantly thought through. Be aware it does get dark (storyline) at times and is long so I wouldn’t have taken little ones as this around us got agitated and fidgety. Also be sure not to skimp on the tickets. If you are a Harry Potter fan go and spend the cash on the right seats. We sat in the gods and regret not spending more as the show was so good but we couldn’t see it all. As for the theatre, The Balcony seats do NOT have very much leg room if you are tall. Avoid.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 9, 2023
  • ABNSupplyGuy
    Fort Campbell, Kentucky12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Witches and wizards!
    Fabulous performance and reasonable prices to see the show. Staff, seating, and cast made this night out a truly memorable one. Highly recommend this show to any fans of Harry Potter.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 11, 2023
  • 112Tania
    Bagillt, United Kingdom51 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just magical ⚡️
    This blew me away, what a wonderful thought out piece of pure magic again from JKR. The acting and special effects were just brilliant. To bring that story to life on stage takes sheer brilliance, and they nailed it. I loved seeing the story of the main characters brought back to life My only criticism was that Neville Longbottom was mentioned a few times, but didn’t appear as a character. It would have been great to see Neville in his role as Hogwarts professor. If you get chance just go, please don’t miss out on this. Warning, may be a bit scary in places for the youngsters.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 24, 2023
  • Tuesdy
    Ilkeston, United Kingdom130 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This show is absolutely amazing! The magic onstage is unreal! Such a lovely theatre too, totally suits the show and experience. We were in the Grand Circle, can't speak for other areas but we had plenty of room where we were sat and could see the stage fine. Would definitely recommend!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 5, 2023
  • Mark S
    High Wycombe, United Kingdom23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great effects, funny and scary
    Perhaps the most magical thing about this was the magic! I was not expecting this to involve genuine stage magic/illusion. But the stage magic was very impressive! So you are going to see a play written by J.K. Rowling with professional stage magic too. Aristotle said that spectacle was the least important element of drama, but here it is like the magic ingredient. It has funny bits, (where I laughed out loud), scary bits (where I jumped out of my seat), emotional bits (where my wife cried) and shocking bits (where I heard people gasp). The theatre is beautiful. The best actor for my Money was Thomas Aldridge playing Ron Weasley. I have read the book of the play but this was 100x better. It really is meant to be seen on stage. In the book all the different scenes make the plot tricky to follow but it all makes sense and seems well paced on stage. It is very plot driven. The plot gets deeper and deeper; one crisis is resolved to be replaced by another deeper crisis. This is resolved and before the tension has quite faded it is replaced immediately by another. If you like there is a ‘false summit’. This is skilfully written. The characters are interesting. I hadn’t realised that this really is a Harry Potter story. Having read the book thought it was more about his son Albus, but after watching it I realise it is as much about Harry and his heroic efforts at fatherhood. The music was well judged. The dialogue was at times witty and at times profound (for example Harry’s line: ‘I never fought alone’ - although what about the philosopher’s Stone?) . And the themes of family and the power of friendship and fate/contingency were quite well explored (especially the latter). The only problem for me were the metaphysical problems associated with time travel which means that while the plot is great fun it just doesn’t work logically. Personally I don’t think time travel to the past is even possible, this relies on a mistake of thinking of the past as being like a place one can visit, whereas in reality it no longer exists at all. For example you end up with doppelgängers and it isn’t clear who is the real person. At one point for example there should have been two Scorpios resurfacing in the lake. I dont have time to go down the rabbit hole of time travel however …
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 6, 2023
  • Heather T
    Nantwich, United Kingdom28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This show is a must for Harry Potter fans. It’s absolutely magical and the special effects are spectacular. We watched both parts on one day and had time for a walk and a snack in between shows. A shout out to the friendly and helpful staff at the theatre.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 8, 2023
  • Jemma Nelson
    23 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Love the Play
    The play overall was amazing, but there was only one set of stairs in and out of the building, so it was pretty cramped. I recommend reading the screenplay, before the play. It can sometimes be quite tricky to understand. I would recommend Harry Potter and the Cursed Child for anyone who likes Harry Potter. Great Play!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 11, 2023
  • Martin H
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Harry doesn't disappoint
    Long, in 2 parts but wonderful story in and set in the cosy palace theatre. Looking forward to seeing it again in more expensive seats, my advice is to get seats lower down to enhance your experience. Wonderful day..
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 16, 2023
  • MLucy02
    Brighton, United Kingdom92 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely incredible
    This entire experience was incredible. Myself and my boyfriend had been dying to see this show for ages, both huge Harry Potter fans and it did not disappoint! It was so funny, emotional and mesmerising and the way they did things were honestly so creative, the dementors are the best part!!!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 23, 2023
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4.5 of 5 bubbles1,616 reviews
Very good

1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
I went to see Harry Potter and the cursed child today, as a big fan of the books. I knew beforehand that this was about to be a different story (turns out: not that much. The story is so poor that hardly anything is developing over hours, with the same shallow character's quirks repeated over and over, when we are lucky to see quirks. Maybe struggling to keep the audience aware that this is supposed to be the magical wizardry world, they keep referring to topical moments of the original stories.).
The acting is for most character very flat and disappointing, although not all...some really deliver some sort of acting capacity like the actor playing Ron and some of the young ones. All the other "adult" leads and young leads are not great. But it is not completely their fault, with characters written SO bad, and a play that is dragged along for hours like a never ending loop of mediocre Disney channel Tv series. You are getting Disney channel afternoon TV quality, from the acting and from the writing.
I don't know who the director of this is, or the names of the writers, but thy should all be forbidden to work ever again in theatre, for the sake of the industry.
Magician-like tricks are thrown in at random to resucitate the audience, but there is no armonic composition of the play, it's all a little gaunt disappointing plot diluted in hours of pointless, repetitive dialogues.
The characters are so flat they barely seem alive.
There is no atmosphere I'm anything they do.
References to the original stories are thrown in continuously without mastery making them feel annoying.

Again, there is nothing in this play. Complete mirrors for enthusiastic fans of other products that had actual quality.

I had to leave well before the end of part 2 because I felt like I was watching an high school play written by students since hours.

It does make you angry when you think there are masterpieces in London charging the same ticket price. The reason those are masterpieces lies often in the not-lazy writing.

This was extremely,extremely lazy.

Personal suggestion: if you really want to go, buy tickets for only part one. I've met 7 people trying to resell tickets for part 2 inbetween the shows, like me, unsuccessully.
I think it happens to them all the time that people realise how poor it is and want to leave.
Written January 26, 2020
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Brussels, Belgium
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
My girlfriend and I had a Magical time watching Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre in London !

The Special Effects were unbelievably good, the story was very interesting and explored the beautiful themes of legacy, paternal power and love. The actors were all so talented but in my opinion, Draco Malfoy and his son Scorpius stole the show!

You could really feel that "Harry Potter" vibe where you would be Enchanted by the warm and colorful lights of the First Part and Frightened by the Dark and cold atmosphere of the Second Part. You would laugh at times (thanks to Ron's jokes) but also be sad at others while feeling the struggles of the different characters.

My favorite part was the discussion between (older) Harry and Dumbledore (as a portrait) where you could feel that Concealed Love just like in the books and movies. Harry would refuse by all means to put his son Albus at risk whereas he had to fulfill his own destiny. Just like Dumbledore trying to protect Harry from a death he can't escape. That was very touching.

We were seated right in the middle of the Stalls (Q17 & Q18) and had a great view of the stage. We thought that it might be a bit far but we were actually very close ! We paid £120 each. That was quite expensive but it was definitely worth it since it's a unique experience. I would highly recommend those seats (even though they're pricy). Don't go for the Balcony nor the seats with obstructed views or you will regret it (even if some are only £40) ! I would also advise to see it in 2 days since each part lasts 2h30 (with interval) because 5h in one day is a bit too much in my opinion. We went on Thursday and Friday nights (February 2020), it was lovely to go to the Theatre 2 days in a row.

Bravo to the actors playing Draco, Scorpius, Albus Severus and Dumbledore (+ the Visual Effects for the Dementors) !
Lander & Emily.
Written February 3, 2020
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Greater Manchester, UK
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Harry was just as irritating as the films. It is without a doubt the actor has done his upmost to mimic Daniel Radcliffe which did cause me personally annoyance. I can’t agree more with other reviews which state the same, especially about his whining & shouting. I got to a point where I hated/dreaded seeing him on stage.
I couldn’t warm to Hermione either.
Scorpious stole the show for me & the actor deserves all the praise he may receive & Albus was at no fault.
For me it was not the plot or acting it was the special/visual effects, the movement of the extras and transfer of props that I found entertaining.
Part one was considerably better than part two. I disliked the ending of part 2 - boring.
I didn’t understand the relationship between Harry & Albus which is the centre of the plot (probably down to my dislike of Harry). Without giving too much away, I just couldn’t understand why a father had issues with just one of his three children. I still don’t know now why Albus was the cursed child. What was the curse? Why could he show love to his eldest James and youngest Lilly but not Albus? Surely it made more sense for James, first born, to be burdened with the drama that comes with being HP’s son!
I am personally not a massive HP fan & saw the shows with my husband who is.
I would recommend that any HP fan sees the play with medium expectations & for them to be seen on the same day as you may feel deflated if you waited longer than needed to see part two.
Written February 1, 2020
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
For any Harry Potter fan this is certainly a must. I took my friend for her 30th birthday and wow. The play was incredible, absolutely amazing. The actors playing Harry & Albus were fantastic, they really captured mannerisms that Harry from the films shows which makes it feel like a true follow on story.

We were in the dress circle and the seats were extremely uncomfortable. They were also small, tall people will really struggle here unless you're in the front row of the dress circle.

We found security quick and I was allowed to take in reusable clear water bottles which meant we didn't buy anything inside. Staff were friendly throughout.

Definitely go and see it.
Written January 2, 2020
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
This was a total disappointment. Firstly forget anything about Harry Potter, this show was full of bad acting and tedious attempts at comedy. The staging was poorly executed and there was no real transactions between scenes. To be honest this show was more like a year 10 school play that went wrong. Very disappointed with this after the reviews we had read, would not recommend to anyone unless they suffered from insomnia as it will be a real treat for them to get some sleep.
Written March 14, 2020
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Durham, UK
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
Show was excellent, we got the new Scorpius I think who was an absolute highlight. Him and Draco both gave the characters a real personality, with ticks and movements that they carried through both shows. Amazing. I read somewhere that Harry only did two emotions (angry and sad) and I did return to this thought several times!

We were sat in the balcony (row C) and the seats were fine. We’re fairly short, my daughter is 10 and I am just short so the leg room wasn’t a problem at all. The only problems were when people lean forward in the rows in front, everyone has to lean forward! Didn’t miss anything though except one fairly unimportant part. My daughter did get a booster both days and that helped.

For the balcony though, don’t get there too early! They say to be in seats fifteen minutes before performance starts but the theatre was still half empty. We got there just before 7pm (half an hour early) and the doors weren’t open yet and the area to wait was claustrophobic in the extreme.
Written January 5, 2020
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Gillian F
Ballindalloch, UK
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
Out of this world. My favourite play that I've been to see. The special effects are outstanding and I loved all the small touches in the scene changes that really made it magical from start to finish. The actors were amazing and the dialogue, plot, voices and apperance were exactly what you'd expect based on the epilogue and the films.

We did have to wait 45 mins from the start of Part Two because of technical issues but we weren't bothered by it as long as we managed to see it and it was well worth the wait.

The merchandise was good. Well worth waiting for after two COVID cancellations. I would recommend going for premium seats (we had pretty good seats then got a free COVID upgrade to even better seats) and it was well worth it. An amazing view from three/four rows back and a couple of seats from the center. Good legroom and seats were comfy for the long play.

Overall, I would 100% recommend to any Harry Potter fan but be sure to get good seats to maximise the experience
Written March 9, 2022
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Baden-Württemberg, Germany
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Solo
I had a wonderful time seeing both parts on consecutive nights. I was excited before seeing the fist part, but that was nothing compared to the excitement on the second night to find out how the story ends. All visitors are asked to not write about the story/the ending and I will not spoil the fun for any of you reading my review. If you like Harry Potter and everything related to the stories, you’ll enjoy the play very much.
I was quite lucky with my seat and sat in row 3, but unfortunately quite at the end, so the view was close but a bit from the side. All in all I do not regret having paid the premium price for the best category as I enjoyed being close to the acting.
Maybe a tip for those of you that freeze easily: the theatre was quite chilly in my opinion. The second night I brought a scarf to keep me a bit warmer.
All in all I already considered visiting a second time. I think that says it al....
Written April 13, 2020
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Family
Firstly, I have to say that the guy playing Albus was marvellous. He was a second understudy and it was his debut performance- he was absolutely wonderful. Really excellent. The actor playing Scorpius was outstanding- if he doesn’t win multiple awards in his career I will be surprised. I also think Draco and Ron and Ginny were exceptional and so was Professor McGonogal and Professor Snape. Snape especially was a lot like Alan Rickman so it was a real pleasure to see him act the part so well. The dementors were fantastic and the effects were all really good! Myrtle was also a second understudy and was also excellent.

The actor playing Harry needed to calm the heck down in my opinion. I was actually taken aback in the very first scene with him because of how utterly over dramatic he was. He came across like he was on amphetamines. There were moments of his performance that were really good, like when he’s in his office talking to Dumbledore’s portrait, but he goes and ruins all good impressions of him as an actor in other scenes where he practically screams at the other actors and bounces around like he’s got an unmediated case of severe ADHD

The actor playing Hermione was very hammy and wooden. I couldn’t warm to her at all, her performance really spoilt certain scenes for me. Even her gestures were over the top- it was like watching someone doing a parody of a bad actor. Maybe she was having an off night, because I honestly felt like she was in a totally different zone to the other actors.

Our seats were fairly good, but view was obstructed much of the time by the heads of the people in front.

I very much recommend seeing this play. Harry is not what you’d expect at all and Hermione is disappointing, but everything else is wonderful and you won’t be disappointed.
Written March 7, 2020
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Kylie O
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Friends
My seat was on row B at the very far end of the left hand side of the Grand Circle Tier. I just don’t want anyone else to have the misfortune of sitting in this area. The majority of people visiting this play will be travelling to London, paying for a hotel and it soon becomes an expensive trip. It’s disappointing paying so much money to then only able to see the right hand side of the stage. Anything to the left of centre stage and you couldn’t see anything. I paid £60 for the experience which is a lot cheaper than the £250 premium seats and I expected to not have the best view, expected to be in uncomfortable seats, expected to crane my neck to try and see the whole stage but unless I transfigured my neck to be the same size of a giraffe there is no way you can see the other half of the stage. From the part I could see it was great. The stage effects, of what I could see were fantastic. The story was a little odd, some of the actors were shouty but others, especially the actor who played Scorpious was fantastic. In summary if you are planning to take a trip to London, pay for travel and accommodation please buy the more expensive seats. Yes it’s extortionate but at least you can justify the whole trip then.
Written February 20, 2022
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