This is going to be a pretty short blog post because I don’t want to spoil the show for you if you have yet to see it. But I cannot express how astounded I am from seeing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at London’s Palace theatre yesterday. Having booked in August 2016, it was a long forgotten dream that I was reminded of when the tickets came in the post a few weeks ago. This will be closest I get to receiving my Hogwarts letter…
The ticket prices ranged from £15 to £70 for each part (there are two parts), and when booking I just thought f*ck it, let me get the £70 ones. Managing to be in a virtual queue for around an hour with 203948239085 other people was pretty intense but I have a knack for getting tickets, so my friends left it up to me. I have a strange penchant for planning things, so it was only natural. The seats I got were the Grand Circle, Row C, Seats 6-8, which gave us a fantastic view of the stage from the right hand side. Or stage left if you’re a theatre buff.
As the show is in two parts, there is a chance you may not get tickets for the same day, so this lets the magic last a little longer… However if you do manage to get tickets for the same day, this makes a great day out in London as there is enough time between shows to grab some food (check out my list for inspiration here), or do a little sightseeing.
I hadn’t actually read the script as 1) I didn’t want to ruin it 2) I find scripts hard to read, they remind me of A-Level English Literature where I pretty much tuned out when it came to Shakespeare. I love reading but I need to be seduced in by a great author or tone of voice which I why I’ll prefer a book over a play script.
Anyway, having seen parts one and two on the same day, I am SO glad I didn’t read it because I would have ruined it for myself. In this day and age, we are spoon-fed everything, from a whole series being available on Netflix to having a world of information at the palm of our hands. Sometimes you just have to give yourself a surprise and little bit of mystery.
The cast were absolutely FANTASTIC with a group of British actors doing UK theatre and J.K Rowling justice, I couldn’t be more in awe. There was a huge uproar when the cast of the play was announced with the role of Hermione being played by a black actress, see here. Why the uproar? I could go into this for days. It doesn’t matter. Daniel Radcliffe didn’t have green eyes in the film, which was pretty crucial to the plot but no one kicked up a fuss? All that matters is talent, which is what this cast had.
The special effects and props were mind-blowing too. I truly felt like I had been transported back to Hogwarts. It’s insane to see how much hard work goes into producing these shows and I think some of us forget that, I certainly do. But I am so glad I could be a part of it from just sitting in the audience.
If you’re lucky enough to have purchased tickets, I wish you the very best time, but if you’re reading this wondering how to get them, keep checking back on the official website here. They also release a set of tickets every Friday for the following week called ‘Friday Forty’, which are picked at random at 1pm, it’s worth putting a reminder in your diary.
Thank you J.K Rowling
I still can’t believe that J.K Rowling created a world 🌎 for us to escape to. I will be eternally grateful for me be able to escape, forget about social media and the problems of today, switch off and immerse myself in the world of Harry Potter. I am thinking of grabbing some international Floo powder and getting tickets to the Broadway production in New York which starts in April 2018… what better way to combine two of my loves? Potter and travel…