|Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at London's Palace Theatre|
The next day I noticed a trickle of tickets being returned. I watched for a suitable date to open up and I soon secured two tickets to Cursed Child at London’s historic Palace Theatre. It didn’t matter that our seats were in different rows, with cautions about restricted views of the stage. I was going to see the play!
This new story about a grown-up Harry Potter who works for the Ministry of Magic is told in two parts; our tickets were for Sunday matinee and evening shows. One of our tickets was for a front row seat in the Stalls (Ground Floor) so my friend and I took turns, swapping places at intermission. Sitting so close to the stage I could clearly see every expression on the actors’ faces.
J.K. Rowling urges theatre-goers to “keep the secrets” but if you want to know more about the plot, the story has been released in a Special Rehearsal Edition Script. I’ll just tell you that the music and movements were amazing. The illusions and magic were amazing. The whole experience was… yes, amazing.
In between performances we dined on a traditional Sunday Roast at the The Porcupine on Charing Cross Road, followed by a stroll through lively Leicester Square in the heart of London’s theatre district. The William Shakespeare Fountain was modelled after a monument to the bard in Poets’ Corner at Westminster Abbey.
|Cranbourn Street to Leicester Square|
|William Shakespeare Fountain in Leicester Square|
|Fountain Statue of Shakespeare|
|Enjoying the Fountain|
|The TKTS Theatre Ticket Booth|
|Steven Spielberg's BFG Dream Jar: Sweet Dreams|
If you’re planning a trip to England and want to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, tickets are currently on sale for performances to April 29, 2018. (The next block of tickets will be released in April, 2017.) There’s also exciting news for North American fans: the hit play is coming to The Lyric Theatre on Broadway in spring of 2018. Updates will be posted on the official play web site.
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