Harry Potter and the Cursed Child sets date for West End return

Last Updated on 6 July 2021 by Showcall Editorial Team

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will return as a two-part play at London’s Palace Theatre in October 2021. Tickets are on sale now

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
left to right: Michelle Gayle, Tom Aldridge and Jamie Ballard. Photo: Manuel Harlan

The original two-part production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has been confirmed as returning to the Palace Theatre in London in October.

After over a year and a half of shutdown due to the pandemic, rehearsals for the West End production will begin this August ahead of performances resuming from 14 October 2021.

Tickets are now available for dates until 27 March 2022. They remain priced from £15 per part, and for every performance there are over 300 tickets at £20 or less per part.

Jamie Ballard, who is returning to the role of Harry Potter, said on behalf of the entire company: “We are all so excited to be coming back to the magical world of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and have utterly missed being at the beautiful Palace Theatre as a family doing what we love.

“There is nothing quite as special as being able to share that unique experience with our wonderful audiences. It will be an absolute joy for us to perform for them once again and to welcome them back to our very own Hogwarts.”

Alongside Jamie Ballard as Harry, the cast also includes Susie Trayling as Ginny Potter and Dominic Short as their son Albus Potter. Thomas Aldridge returns as Ron Weasley with Michelle Gayle as Hermione Granger and Phoenix Edwards as their daughter Rose Granger-Weasley. Also returning to play Draco Malfoy is James Howard with Luke Sumner as his son Scorpius Malfoy. Further casting will be announced at a later date.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, written by Jack Thorne from a story by JK Rowling and directed by John Tiffany, had its world premiere – in two parts – at London’s Palace Theatre in 2016. The story picks up 19 years after Harry, Ron and Hermione saved the wizarding world, seeing them and a new generation of budding wizards go on a new adventure.

It transferred to Broadway where it will return to the Lyric Theatre on November 16 2021 but edited down from a two-parter to a single show. It will also be a “one-show experience” at the Curran Theater in San Francisco from January 2022 and the Ed Mirvish Theatre in Toronto from summer 2022. It is due to open at the Mehr! Theatre in Hamburg in December 2021 and the TBS Akasaka ACT Theater in Tokyo as the original two-part show.

In a statement, producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender said: “Re-opening Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two in the West End and being part of the return of British theatre makes us both happy and proud. To be back at the original home of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – the mothership – with our incredibly talented and committed company and welcoming back our audiences after such a devastating and prolonged closure will be emotional and thrilling for all of us.

“We would like to thank all of our audience members and ticket holders for the unwavering loyalty, passion and love they have poured into our show. This has helped keep our spirits going and our industry alive these past months.

“We are incredibly excited to bring the original, record-breaking, two-part play event back to London with this chapter promising to be just as astonishing as when we first opened – if not more so – as we will never again take for granted live theatre and the shared experience. It’s an absolute privilege and honour to say we’ll see you soon.”

The West End creative team also includes movement by Steven Hoggett, set by Christine Jones, costumes by Katrina Lindsay, music and arrangements by Imogen Heap, lighting by Neil Austin, sound by Gareth Fry, illusions and magic by Jamie Harrison, music supervision and arrangements by Martin Lowe, and casting by Julia Horan CDG.


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