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Jamie Parker and More in Harry Potter And The Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre

Tuesday, 22nd Dec 2015

If you ask audiences for their most anticipated shows of 2016 the one that would undoubtedly come at the top of the list is Harry Potter And The Cursed Child. The Palace Theatre show is set years after the well known book and film series, continuing the story of the famous wizard, whilst also boasting original creator J. K. Rowling amongst its creative team.

So as fans look on with baited breath the production made a big announcement this week by revealing the names of those set to take on the iconic roles. Jamie Parker is set to take on an older Harry Potter, with Noma Dumezweni as Hermione and Paul Thornley as Ron Weasley.

The brand new pay picks up the story of Harry Potter 19 years after the final book The Deathly Hallows. Harry is no longer a boy wizard but is in an adult working for the Ministry of Magic. He is also married with three kids and if you add the burdens of his legacy to this all is equals a lot to deal with. As such we catch up with his son, Albus, who is also struggling with his father’s past.

Jamie Parker has a big challenge in following up Daniel Radcliffe by portrayed Harry Potter. The acclaimed stage performer is a familiar face for London theatre audiences, however, and has enjoyed a career that has seen him accumulate a wealth of credits. 2015 saw him appear in High Society at the Old Vic Theatre and A Little Night Music, whilst previous years have brought him Guys and Dolls at the Chichester Festival Theatre, Proof at the Menier Chocolate Factory and The History Boys (as part of the original cast) at the National Theatre and beyond.

So whilst there are plenty of big shows to look forward to in 2016, including Aladdin at the Prince Edward Theatre, Harry Potter And The Cursed Child is certain to be one of those welcoming endless speculation right up to its start-date.

It runs at the Palace Theatre from Saturday 30th July 2016 (previews from Tuesday 7th June 2016).

Chris Packer
Chris Packer Chris Packer has been writing about the West End for many years and wishes this knowledge would help him win some pub quizzes. When he’s not writing about the newest shows he’s probably watching films or anticipating the latest releases.

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