Friday, 19 January 2018

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

You’ve no doubt heard and read so much about the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play. It was the talk of the year when it launched, and even now, people are flocking to go and see the play. Myself included in those people.

I purchased my tickets in November 2016. I finally watched the show on 17 January 2018. They were so hard to get – I think I waited in the online queue for 6 hours just to secure the tickets. I purchased them as a surprised for my brother Ryan and I decided to finally surprise him with them this year on his 24th Birthday. Keeping it secret has never been so hard.

On the day:
We arrived into London at 11:45AM the first show wasn’t until 2PM but we had to go and collect the tickets from the box office. We went from London Waterloo so we had to jump on the tube - Northern line to Tottenham Court Road.

It was easy to find, 5 minute walk from the tube station. There is a number of food courts surrounding the theatre so you would never be stuck for options.

We collected our tickets early and then went to grab a bite to eat. We had to be back at the theatre one hour prior to the show starting to be searched by security. They advised on the website that you’re not allowed food or drink but you’re in fact allowed to take sweets and water. We made the mistake of buying in the theatre and it cost a ridiculous amount of money.

Part one:
The first show is 2 hours and 35 minutes. There is a 20 minute interval mid way through and then it's back to the action. I wasn't sure what I was expecting. I can't say I have been to that many theatre productions. I've watched the Harry Potter films hundreds of times and when the production first started I can honestly say I was a little bit taken aback. I think I was expecting more. Of course the show is never going to be the same as the movies and that's definitely something you need to bear in mind. However, after about 10 minutes into the show you can really see the detail and hard work that has gone into creating such an amazing production. It's not as high-tech but there are some real magical moments (pardon the pun).

Part two: 
The second part of the show started at 19:30 and lasted 2 hours 30 minutes. It's action packed and full of great surprises. We were sat in the Grand circle and I think for elements of the production, if we were sat closer to the stage we would have been even more excited because there are some amazing things that happen. Although, our view was pretty great.

If you're going to see the show, I would recommend not reading the script. Myself and Ryan have both got the book but haven't read it yet and the surprised in store were so exciting. 

Overall, I would definitely recommend seeing the show. I laughed, felt sad and even a little on edge at times. You definitely get all the feels and the cast did an exceptional job. 
It's a long day and if you're travelling a long distance, be sure to book a hotel close by because we travelled home late and it was exhausting. I know that there is also an option to watch part two on a different day on part one. This isn't something we wanted to do as travelling into London can be expensive so we chose to watch the entire production in one sitting rather than split the days. Do what's best for you.

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