We were very lucky to have hit the theatre in London last week to watch the fantastic and highly anticipated Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. As many of you may know, I am very, very into Harry Potter. I loved the series when I read it. I love the movies. I dress my child and myself in Harry Potter themed clothing and I even have a Harry Potter bedspread. So needless to say, I was very much looking forward to the stage show.
I read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child last year, not long after the book came out. I wasn’t overly impressed with the story, but I did say that it might work better on stage. Looking back on my review of the book, I was harsh. Its not a book so much. Its a script. So of course its going to work better on stage. The story was ok but I don’t think it came across as well because of the script nature of the book.
Thankfully the stage show did blow my mind. Nothing can prepare you for the amazing stage performance. The way the scenes change and the way the actors show the passage of time is incredible and was one of my favourite parts of the show. We had the cheapest possible seats. Obviously this meant we were high… very high, up in the theatre.
We were in the balcony on the 5th row from the front. The seats were cramped and it was like having a birds eye view of the stage. However once the action started I was too intrigued by everything going on on the stage that I didn’t care.
I’m not going to go into the storyline again because I know people who are saving this for the stage and I don’t want to ruin it. However I will say its incredible and works so much better once you can see it unfold in front of you.
We watched Parts 1 and 2 in one day. With Part 1 in the afternoon and Part 2 in the evening. It was amazing and I’m so glad we did this as I just wanted to get back and see the rest of the story after the incredible end to part 1. Part 1 is around 2 hours 40 mins, with a 20 minute interval, and part 2 is around the same – maybe around 5-10 mins shorter.
There are some quite fun and funky ways that the audience get involved in whats going on on the stage and I really loved all of them. The most impact of this will be gained from either front, ground floor seats or front seats on the Dress or Grand circle. The balcony was fine for me but I would go back and watch it again from the circles if I could!
Another thing I absolutely loved about the show was the things they have changed from what people think they know about Harry Potter. Some of the casting was totally different but worked so well (whereas others were perfection and exactly the same as the movies!) and the House artwork was different too – in a great way! Just take a look at the house symbols that I managed to snap on my way in!