First of all, I should explain that I am a lifelong Harry Potter fan and although Kate tells me this makes buying presents for me really easy it might mean that I am slightly biased when it comes to anything Harry Potter related so I will do my best to tell you both the highs and lows of the play we went to see in December, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”.
Tickets for this play are like gold dust! Kate got them as a Christmas present for me last year, well over a year in advance, and we were extremely lucky to get them. As I’m writing this tickets for the play are all sold out but there are more due for release tomorrow (Monday) and people are being advised to only buy from the official website (https://www.harrypottertheplay.com/ticket-information/) as re-sold tickets might not be accepted. Another option for tickets is the “Friday Forty” where 40 tickets are released every Friday but I’d imagine you’d need to be quick. This play is in 2 parts with each being roughly 3 hours long so we went for tickets on 2 separate days but it is manageable in the same day if you’re short for time. Tickets can be quite expensive but if you are a Harry Potter fan in any way then it’s worth it.
For those lucky enough to get tickets I would advise reading the screenplay before you go as the story is brand new and while I don’t want to give anything away there is some time travel involved which can be a little confusing when seen onstage if you don’t know the story. Although I wasn’t the biggest fan of the screenplay I must say when seen on stage it is absolutely AMAZING!
This is more than just a play, it’s an experience. The Palace Theatre (http://www.palacetheatrelondon.org/) fits in perfectly with the Hogwarts theme with its marble staircase, all of the staff wearing Hogwarts House ties and badges, merchandise on sale at the entrance and the announcer referring to everyone as Muggles so you really feel immersed in this magical world. Although the seats weren’t the most comfortable the play more than made up for that. I was completely transfixed for 3 hours both nights and couldn’t take my eyes off the stage. The acting and theatrics in this play are simply phenomenal. Each character is portrayed brilliantly with my favourites being Scorpius Malfoy, Ron Weasley and of course Harry Potter himself. I was mesmerised by the special effects particularly when the characters travel back in time and appear to be swimming in a lake onstage, it really has to be seen to be believed. We don’t have too many photos from inside the theatre as phones are banned during the play but let me assure you that the special effects and theatrics are incredible and had the crowd gasping at some of the scarier moments.
This play is a must for any Potterhead but I would recommend it to everyone purely for how immersed I felt in the Harry Potter world while watching it. If you are reading this I hope you get to see it soon and please let us know if you go, we’d love to hear your thoughts on it!