Saturday 30th Jan 2016
In a video specially recorded for guests of A Celebration of Harry Potter in Orlando, the producers behind Harry Potter and the Cursed Child showed fans around the Palace Theatre’s auditorium in London.
Speaking at the famous West End venue, producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender were able to share a little about the team’s progress in staging the eighth Harry Potter story.
Friedman said: ‘Very early on in this process, when we looked at the story outline that J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany had created, we threw them the challenge and said “Do you want to do this in two parts?”’
Jack, John and J.K. Rowling leapt at the chance, asking Friedman: ‘Can we?’
And her answer? ‘It’s Harry Potter: anything is possible.’
The venue itself is something of a London icon and a major landmark. Friedman says the theatre was the ‘obvious choice’ of venue for this unique production. ‘This theatre has incredible mystery about it,’ she says. ‘It’s Gothic – it’s like walking into Hogwarts. It was the only theatre for us.’
We also caught a glimpse of some of the creative team at work behind the scenes of the play, including Steven Hoggett who is in charge of movement, set designer Christine Jones and composer Imogen Heap, who is to write the score.
While the producers ‘would have loved’ to attend the Celebration event, they do have rather a lot to work on before the curtain goes up at the Palace Theatre this summer.
In the meantime, fans can look forward to ‘lots of twists and lots of turns’ says Friedman of the production, as well as the unmistakable ‘edge-of-the-seat excitement… which you only really can get in theatre’.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is based on an original story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, and previews begin at the Palace Theatre in London’s West End on 7 June. To watch the video in full, click here.
Cursed Child is now booking through to May 2017, at the Palace Theatre in London. Currently Thursday and Friday performances from March to May, 2017 have the best availability.
There will also be late ticket releases including weekly and daily lotteries before performances begin this summer.