Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Harry Potter & The Cursed Child

Cursed Child Palace Theatre London

Months after buying the tickets and miraculously avoiding spoilers I finally took my seat at the Palace Theatre to watch the Cursed Child. When the show was first announced I was in a meeting and so Ryan waited online to get the tickets for me and I am eternally grateful. I always hoped there would be a continuation to the Harry Potter series and the show married my love of the books and theatre together.

store front house of minalima greek street london

I travelled up to London with my sister, Saira, and we made a stop at the House of MinaLima. Located quite literally around the corner from the theatre this was the perfect set up before seeing the show. For any of you who don't know MinaLima are they are the graphic design company behind a lot of the props, book covers and posters in the film series. They set a pop up shop on Greek Street which feels like you are in Diagon Alley. The shop itself has four levels that you can access through a narrow winding staircase and has small doorways leading to rooms filled with posters and prints that are available to purchase. Unable to walk out empty handed I bought two prints that are being posted to me and I'm looking forward to having a little bit of the magic at home.

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After a good browse we made our way to the theatre. I won't lie, I was a little shocked by the queue but it moved quickly and the staff that checked our bags were very polite. Once the security check was over we were able to take our seats.

I went in with relatively low expectations as I didn't want to be disappointed but as it unfolded there was no room for disappointment. I am extremely impressed at just how well they managed to translate all the magical aspects from screen to stage. From casting spells to moving staircases and even dementors - the wizarding world was brought back to us in full force.

Palace theatre, theatre ticket, cursed child

The cast was a fantastic fit especially Paul Thornley as Ron providing much needed comic relief at times. But in particular I tip my hat to Anthony Boyle and Sam Clemmett as Scorpious Malfoy and Albus Potter. They played these complex characters so beautifully and I feel like that was half the battle in making this play a success.

I quite enjoyed the plot although I know a few people would disagree with me. Although it may have brought some more questions into the mix it inevitably carried the carried the themes from the books of the power of love and friendship. One of the aspects I loved was the growth of the golden trio and seeing that the trials of their past had left some lasting issues in their life making it all seem a bit more realistic.

Honestly I think the cast and crew did an amazing job with the show and I would highly recommend that you go and see it if you get the chance. The magic is well and truly still alive but remember to keep the secrets!

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