Rehearsals began this week for the new West End cast of Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, who will start their performances at the Palace Theatre in London’s West End on 24 May 2017, following the final performance from the current cast on 21 May 2017.
Jamie Glover will play Harry Potter with Emma Lowndes as his wife Ginny Potter, and Theo Ancient as their son Albus Potter. Thomas Aldridge will play Ron Weasley, with Rakie Ayola as Hermione Granger and Helen Aluko as their daughter Rose Granger-Weasley. Playing Draco Malfoy will be James Howard with Samuel Blenkin as his son Scorpius Malfoy.
The new West End cast of Harry Potter And The Cursed Child (Photo: Manuel Harlan)
They are joined by new cast members David Annen, Ruthxjiah Bellenea, Danny Dalton, Leah Haile, Rupert Henderson, Elizabeth Hill, April Hughes, James McGregor, Sarah Miele, Jordan Paris, James Phoon, Henry Rundle, Ged Simmons, Mark Theodore, Gideon Turner and Ed White. Original cast members Nicola Alexis, Rosemary Annabella, Phoebe Austen, Annabel Baldwin, Jabez Cheeseman, Morag Cross, Esme Grace, Lowri James, Martin Johnston, Alfred Jones, Barry McCarthy, Sandy McDade, Tom Mackley, Harrison Noble, Ben Roberts, Nuno Silva, Hope Sizer and Joshua Wyatt complete the 42-strong company playing a variety of characters, including seven children who will alternate two roles.
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 stage. The critically acclaimed production received its world premiere in June 2016 at the Palace Theatre and is now the recipient of thirteen theatre awards. Earlier this month it was announced that Harry Potter And The Cursed Child was nominated for a record-breaking 11 Olivier Awards, making it the most nominated new play in Olivier history.
Harry Potter And The Cursed Child is currently booking to 29 April 2018. The next advance ticket release will take place on 25 April 2017. Tickets are priced from £15 per part and for every performance there are over 300 tickets at £20 or less per part. Further ticket releases will be announced throughout the year, details of which will published via the official Harry Potter And The Cursed Child website, social media channels and the official newsletter.
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.
Jamie Glover’s recent credits include The Rehearsal, An Ideal Husband and If Only, all for Chichester Festival Theatre, as well as Noises Off (at The Old Vic and Novello Theatre) and Waterloo Road on television. Emma Lowndes (Ginny Potter) has been seen in Downton Abbey, Thomas Aldridge (Ron Weasley) in the current cast of Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre, and Rakie Ayola (Hermione Granger) in The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time at the Apollo Theatre. Theo Ancient (Albus Potter) and Samuel Blenkin (Scorpius Malfoy) make their professional stage debuts, while Helen Aluko (Rose Granger-Weasley) and James Howard (Draco Malfoy) were both original members of the Harry Potter And The Cursed Child company.
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, directed by John Tiffany with movement by Steven Hoggett, set by Christine Jones, costumes by Katrina Lindsay, music & arrangements by Imogen Heap, lighting by Neil Austin, sound by Gareth Fry, illusions & magic by Jamie Harrison, music supervision & arrangements by Martin Lowe and casting by Julia Horan CDG.