"truly magical, memorable and unique"
by Annie Draper on 25/03/17

A hugely anticipated and much talked about theatre event is, of course, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The (literally) unstoppable wizard has conquered readers and cinema-goers, defeated Voldemort (or has he!?) and now turns his attention to taking over the theatre stage.

I have to admit having read the play text beforehand the script itself was not as good as expected and elements of it read slightly more like fan fiction (good fan fiction, but still). However, the production manages to make up for any flaws the script may have and is truly magical, memorable and unique.

The cast is fantastic without exception down to every single ensemble member but particular stand-out performances were deliver by Noma Dumezweni in the role of Hermione, and, the probably break-out star of the production, Anthony Boyle in the role of Scorpius. He delivers the most simple and unexpected lines with refreshing emotion, enthusiasm and comedy, lifting up, and at times carrying, the entire production.

I could spend pages describing the special effects of the production which are truly stunning but would not want to give away too much. The cast, effects, music and staging are what make this production outstanding. The play text itself will struggle to be staged anywhere outside an expensive West-End or Broadway setting as it needs the extensive production values to work. Whilst this is unusual for a play and may limit its number of productions, it does fulfill exactly what the makers wanted it to do in bringing Harry Potter to the West End theatre stage and making it a huge success.

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