Monday 22nd May 2017
Here’s the exclusive first look at the next generation of actors joining the London production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on 24 May.
The new cast for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child have transformed into their characters for the first time in their official portraits.
As you can see, Jamie Glover now dons the famous glasses of Harry Potter, while Emma Lowndes is the new Ginny Potter. Thomas Aldridge is Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger is now played by Rakie Ayola. James Howard gets to embrace his blond side, playing Draco Malfoy.
As for the younger generation, the role of Rose Granger-Weasley will now fall into the hands of Helen Aluko. Although, as the actress explained, she’s no stranger to the production.
‘I was in the Original Cast playing ensemble and I also covered Rose and some other characters,’ she said. ‘What’s great is that I now get to make Rose Granger-Weasley mine. And for me, she’s bubbly and playful, but she’s also got the pressure of having to live up to her mum’s achievements.’
Theo Ancient will portray Harry’s son, Albus, and reminisced about his experiences growing up with Harry Potter.
‘All of my family and friends were really overwhelmed to hear that I’d got the part, and so was I!’ Theo said. ‘I grew up with Harry Potter. I remember reading the books with my mum and my sister.’
Samuel Blenkin will join Albus as his unlikely friend Scorpius Malfoy, and said the new ensemble cast are already ‘inspiring each other’.
‘I don’t think I’ve ever been part of a group like this where everyone is so on board with accepting the challenge that this is and running with it,’ he said.
As the new cast gear up for their first performance at the Palace Theatre on 24 May, Samuel summed up his feelings as the big night draws near.
‘It feels like a train that’s moving faster and faster towards our first performance, which is just hugely exciting and a little bit terrifying. A healthy mix of both.’
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a new play by Jack Thorne, based on an original, new story devised by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and director John Tiffany. The play opened at London’s Palace Theatre back in 2016, and recently won a record-breaking nine Olivier Awards.
The new cast begin performances at the Palace Theatre, London on 24 May 2017.
For more details about Cursed Child, check out the official website.