Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has received five-star reviews from several major publications.
The production, which opens officially at the Palace Theatre this weekend, has been in previews since early June, and as the reviews have begun to roll out, it seems to be spellbinding audiences and critics alike.
Written by Jack Thorne, and directed by John Tiffany, The Cursed Child focuses around a now 37 year old Harry Potter (Jamie Parker), and the burden of his legacy on his middle child Albus Severus Potter (Sam Clemmett) as he begins his turn at Hogwarts.
Many major papers including the Daily Telegraph, The Independent and The Stage, have all given it 5 star reviews, with The Guardian giving it four stars, claiming that it will make more sense to “hardened Potterheads”.
Many of the comments praise the magical effects of the show, and the way in which the magical world of Hogwarts has been brought to life for the stage. Dominic Cavendish of the Daily Telegraph said that: “British theatre hasn’t known anything like it for decades”; whilst Mark Shenton of The Stage referred to it as: “a truly game-changing production and a thrilling theatrical endeavour.”
It’s not just the effects that have been cause for celebration however, with reviewers also commenting on the brilliant cast; the adult golden trio being accepted as a wonderful new interpretation of Harry, Ron, and Hermione; but also Sam Clemmett and Anthony Boyle being singled out for their work in the roles of Albus Potter, and Scorpius Malfoy respectively.
The script of the play is to be published on J.K Rowling, and Harry Potter himself’s, birthday on the 31st July. Audiences are, however, still being encouraged to keep the secrets for those who are waiting to see the show.
Watch J.K Rowling explore the rehearsal room for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child below: