I can't believe I have finally been able to see Harry Potter And The Cursed Child!!!
I'll be honest, I'm not really a theatre person. It's not that I dislike the medium, I've just never really explored it.
I had already read the script, which I purchased on first day of release and ended up staying up until stupid o'clock in the morning to finish it. I loved it. I loved the new characters. And I loved how it didn't feel identical to the Harry Potter books of past. There was a slightly different feel, which I think was necessary because we're not dealing with Harry as such, it's his son.
But while I could vision it as a film, I was struggling to see how they'd achieve some of the scenes on the wooden stage in front of a live audience. It's quite a long production as well. It's split into two parts and each of those two parts has its own interval. I needn't have worried. I had a blast.
The cast are superb. It must be so hard to step into the well worn shoes of Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, but the actors do so and do it well. They embody the characters and make them believable but aren't afraid to add their own interpreted twists. You also notice a distinct change in the air as well loved (and hated) Potter characters appear on stage and the audience reacts. It's such a communal thing.
The special effcts make you audibly gasp at times. It's not the biggest stage in the world but they make do with what little area they have and the cosiness and grandeur of the theatre render it the perfect venue for the show.
Would definitely go again!
If you're anywhere near the show I would also recommend checking out the House Of MinaLima around the corner, which houses props designed by the team responsible for Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts.
Read my review of MinaLima HERE
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