for a previous production “A kind of magic that is purely theatrical yet somehow channels the addictive narrative grip of Rowling’s prose…I was amazed at how naturally what I saw on the stage seemed to flow from the page…This production captures Rowling’s sensibility even more persuasively than did the films…The word for these imaginative leaps of faith is empathy. That’s the magic practiced so affectingly and entertainingly in ‘Cursed Child,’ and it turns everyone in the audience into a sorcerer’s apprentice.” Full Review
for a previous production “The Show That Lived Up to Expectations — and Then Some…A captivating story given a spectacular staging and — Rowling’s specialty — a big, big heart…Where it retreads old ground, the ‘Cursed Child’ sometimes stutters…Theater butts up against its limitations too...That holds back Part Two of this five-hour-plus epic. When plot kicks in, it doesn’t yield the same wonder as the world that’s pulled together in Part One…Its every element pulls together…It’s total theater. And, yep, it’s magic.” Full Review
for a previous production “A thrilling theatrical spectacle…I got as much pleasure from the staging as from the convoluted story. Tiffany and his designer, Christine Jones, have created magic out of the simplest ingredients…Any danger that the effects would upstage the actors is overcome by a set of strong performances…While it helps to be a paid-up Potterhead, Tiffany and his team stage the piece with such dazzling assurance that I finally began to see the point of being wild about Harry.” Full Review
for a previous production “Smashing storytelling and layered but accessible emotional life…The spectacle is delivered, in good British fashion, with discretion and without ostentation, in service of a substantive tale...‘Cursed Child’ concerns itself with a very topical dilemma: the limits and dangers of righteous retaliation…Paul Thornley's Ron Weasley is convincing as a lovable goofball, while Noma Dumezweni. gives Hermione, Ron's wife, a gravitas befitting her inevitable high stature, but also a delightful wit.” Full Review
for a previous production “It delivers the old-fashioned delights of traditional fable in the rapturously inventive terms of timeless theater...Being a relative neophyte in the ‘Harry Potter’ world, I no doubt missed many of the subtleties…But the emotional clarity of the tale saves the day…The philosophical dimension of the work is as rich as its emotional substance…The luminous power of Rowling’s storytelling soothes the jangled soul while urgently reminding us that the future ultimately rests in our own hands.” Full Review
for a previous production “It’s a triumph...In all key respects, it grips, it stirs, it delights…You can’t stop watching. That’s partly down to the thrill-a-minute nature of the stage-craft…The leading performances also forge a sense of journeys meaningfully undertaken…There’s a universal, relatable emotional core to the show…There are reservations, but to labor those failings would be to miss the point. The big news is that this is just what was needed, will raise the benchmark for family entertainment for years.” Full Review
for a previous production “For once the so-called theatrical event of the year really is just that…Packed with pathos, dazzling choreography and moments of pure enchantment…John Tiffany’s finely orchestrated production is often gorgeous…If explaining the story’s more ticklish details sometimes stalls its momentum, the characterization is richly convincing…For the legions of Pottermaniacs eager to be reunited with the characters they adore, this will be a magical experience." Full Review
for a previous production “A wholly authentic HP experience…Revelations about events...in the past bring gasps from the audience. It helps...to have a working knowledge of the stories…The play is so packed with incident that it barely matters. You can just sit back and enjoy the ride. And what a ride!...The tale unfolds with the speed of an express train. If the opening is a bit hard to follow it soon settles down...There are moments when you simply cannot believe the evidence of your own eyes.” Full Review
for a previous production “Galloping goblins, it’s long. The Harry Potter stage show, watched with breaks in one, bot-rotting day, is an eight-hour marathon memorable mainly for its special effects...Potter addicts will love it…But as the hours passed and the cloaked figures crouched with much penumbral melodrama, there were moments I could have done with a glug of gurdyroot infusion to keep me alert…If you have a chance to see only one show, go for Part Two.” Full Review
for a previous production “This enchantment will turn even the most doubting Muggles into true believers…It’s a fiendishly complex narrative, and moves at a lick…This is a story that feels made for the stage. Yes, it’s packed with effects…But Thorne and Tiffany also conjure up moments of intimate drama…One legacy of the Potter books is the way they turned a whole generation on to reading. ‘Cursed Child’ will perform this same service for theatre...For that alone it deserves the unending run it will surely now receive.” Full Review
See it if You loved the books and movies and can cope with a Harry who is initially a bit of a disappointment as a grownup.
Don't see it if You expect more of an adult show because the former children are now adult parents. The formula has not changed much.
See it if You are a Harry Potter Fan or enjoy being entertained by the stage in general. Some of the special effects were thrilling!
Don't see it if You absolutely dislike Harry Potter
See it if you loved Harry Potter books and movies. It will entertain you. This is cleaver if the subject is of interest. Take your children fans.
Don't see it if You need to be a Harry Potter fan which I am not, so I didn't love it. It is only good for Harry fans or else it needs work.
See it if you are a fan of Harry Potter books and films. If not - it is still an excellent production, truly magical and wondrous!
Don't see it if you're looking for a more psychological or abstract show. The message of the story is fairly easily interpreted (but still valid & emotional
See it if you want to see the hottest show from London and at least know a little of the plot from the books.
Don't see it if you're a Harry Potter purist who'd prefer to remember the series from just the books or movies.
See it if You like the HP series. I saw in London-Like the books, too long, but a lot of fun. Brilliantly directed! Great lighting & sound. Must see.
Don't see it if You don't like very long winded stories, Harry Potter, or don't want to sit through 2 shows. I didn't mind because it was well done.
See it if you're a Harry Potter fan, obviously. It's made specifically for this group.
Don't see it if you've never read the books. The play unfortunately comes off a bit like Harry Potter fan-fiction. An excuse to make $$$.
See it if you're even the slightest bit interested in Harry Potter. Even my son who's not a Potterhead loved all 6hrs of the show!
Don't see it if you only have time to see one part. You really need to see both parts to enjoy the story.
See it if You're a Harry Potter fan, duh. You're looking for a "how did they do that" moment--or 5. You want to be transported to the HP world again.
Don't see it if You're not familiar w/ H. Potter, you won't get most of the plot. You're a HP purist who debates minor details, the twists may make you mad
See it if You want to be thrown into a magical world of surprises. I am not a big Harry Potter fan, but I was blown away by great storytelling.
Don't see it if You prefer smaller stagings.
See it if you've love harry potter! its a great story about what happens 19 years later and you'll feel brought back to the world of magic instantly.
Don't see it if you're not familiar with anything potter. theres various references hat aren't explained because it assumes the audience already knows.
See it if You, like me, are an avid Harry Potter fan who just don't want to let go yet. JK Rowling doesn't disappoint.
Don't see it if You don't know anything about Harry Potter.
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