Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts I & II (London)
Open run 5h 14m
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts I & II (London)
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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts I & II (London) London Reviews and Tickets

85%
(57 Reviews)
Positive
88%
Mixed
7%
Negative
5%
Members say
Great staging, Enchanting, Clever, Ambitious, Entertaining

About the Show

The eighth story in the Harry Potter series told in an epic 2-part play. Winner of 9 Olivier Awards.

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Member Reviews (57)

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28 Reviews | 0 Followers
93
Must see, Riveting, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you love a long story beautifully told in a unique, powerful way.

Don't see it if you don't like theatre.

31 Reviews | 0 Followers
88
Masterful, Epic, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging

See it if If you haven’t read the book and want to discover this story with an epic staging !

Don't see it if You hated the book and don’t want to spend 5 hours in a theatre !

27 Reviews | 4 Followers
95
Intense, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if you want one of the best plays in the West End. Amazing illusions, great sets and a thrilling story for Harry Potter fans

Don't see it if you don't like Harry Potter. You'll get more invested in the story if you're a fan of the books. Also, it's loooong

21 Reviews | 0 Followers
90
Refreshing, Great staging, Entertaining, Enchanting, Ambitious

See it if You know the characters and love to see amazing stage effects

Don't see it if you aren't familiar with the basic HP story

21 Reviews | 0 Followers
69
Delightful, Refreshing, Edgy, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You want something new. The staging is excellent - the way they create 'magic' is mesmerising

Don't see it if You're a die-hard Harry Potter fan. The storyline isn't quite aligned to the original books

21 Reviews | 0 Followers
95
Must see, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You are alive

Don't see it if You live in a cave Read more

20 Reviews | 0 Followers
80
Exquisite, Great staging, Ambitious, Enchanting

See it if You want to see the best special effects in theatre!

Don't see it if You dislike cheesy dialogue

19 Reviews | 0 Followers
100
Riveting, Relevant, Masterful, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if You love Harry Potter and love a magical show

Don't see it if You can’t stand a long show, it’s very long

Critic Reviews (9)

The Stage (UK)
July 26th, 2016

“This is a major work in its own right, with an entirely distinctive theatrical life and shape. It earns its place on the stage...By turns playful and gripping, disturbing and detailed, poignant and powerful, it is superb family entertainment...It has real integrity and, crucially, could prove to be one of the most influential and important theatre works of the century...A truly game-changing production and a thrilling theatrical endeavour in its own right.”
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Time Out London
September 18th, 2018

“An absolute hoot, a joyous, big-hearted, ludicrously incident-packed and magic-heavy romp that has to stand as one of the most unrelentingly entertaining things to hit the West End...If the...show is a bit on the long side, it’s forgivable...The special effects, but they are astonishing...Hoggart’s startling movement direction adds an intense, ritualistic air that heightens everything...Never before has Rowling’s world felt so vividly, gaspingly, joyously real.”
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The Telegraph (UK)
July 30th, 2016

“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.”
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The London Evening Standard
August 12th, 2016

“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."
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Financial Times (UK)
July 25th, 2016

“Thrilling: gripping, dark, wittily acted and often visually dazzling. Above all, though, it succeeds because the team has put transformation right at the heart of the story, both structurally and emotionally. It’s a move that allows the drama to play to drama’s strengths...Overall, this is a triumph. For a bunch of muggles, the creative team has certainly brewed up a wizard show."
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The Times (UK)
July 31st, 2016

"Delivers in spades for more fanatical 'Potter' followers, while the theatrical wizardry will make sure everyone else is happy to go along on the five-hour-plus ride. It’s worth mentioning, though, that some familiarity with, and affection for, the books will guarantee a bigger emotional return...It’s the unostentatious yet beguiling visual touches in Tiffany’s production that give this epic lift-off...The show appeals broadly at first, piercingly later, to grown-ups and children alike."
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The Guardian (UK)
July 26th, 2016

“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.”
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What's On Stage (UK)
July 26th, 2016

“This may be the surest commercial proposition for years, but it is also a spectacle of epic sweep and magisterial grandeur. It is, quite simply, magic...The script is both sharp and masterfully structured...Thorne's writing is leavened not only with emotion, but also with great humour...A deeply theatrical experience, a love letter to theatre itself...Full of literal magic...This pure delight...makes this eighth story in the ‘Harry Potter’ series a very particular experience.”
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