Back in the mid-1990s, a divorced single mum sat in a cafe finishing a story that had come to her on a train journey. Once it was completed, the manuscript was sent out to publishers and twelve of them rejected it outright. The thirteenth - Bloomsbury - decided to give the book a go and unleashed a phenomenon that not only made the author a multi-millionaire but changed the world of children’s books forever. The author was, of course, J K Rowling and the book was “Harry Potter and the … [Read more...]
Palace Theatre London Harry Potter and The Cursed Child Parts I and II
There’s magic in every moment at Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the most awarded play in history and “one of the most defining pop culture events of the decade” (Forbes). And now, the 8th Harry Potter story is bringing the magic back to London’s West End.
19 years after Harry, Ron, and Hermione saved the wizarding world, they’re back on a most extraordinary new adventure – this time, joined by a brave new generation that has only just arrived at the legendary Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Prepare for spectacular spells, a mind-blowing race through time, and an epic battle to stop mysterious forces, all while the future hangs in the balance.
The regular performance schedule is as follows – Monday – no performance, Tuesday – no performance, Wednesday – 2pm Part One & 7.30pm Part Two, Thursday – 7.30pm Part One, Friday – 7.30pm Part Two, Saturday – 2pm Part One & 7.30pm Part Two, Sunday – 1pm Part One & 6.30pm Part Two.
Every Friday, The Friday Forty takes place at 1pm when 40 tickets are released for every performance the following week for some of the very best seats in the theatre. Subsequent ticket releases take place each Friday for performances the following week. Priced at £40 (£20 per part) tickets will secure a seat for both Part One and Part Two on consecutive performances. Customers will be selected at random for the opportunity to buy tickets online and will be able to purchase a maximum of two tickets for both Part One and Part Two in one transaction. To ensure that as many people as possible have the chance to access these tickets, they will only be available to buy online.
Nearest Tube: Leicester Square
Tube Lines: Piccadilly, Northern
Directions from nearest tube: Take Charing Cross Road until you reach the crossroads with Shaftesbury Avenue.
Railway Station: Charing Cross
Bus Numbers: (Shaftesbury Avenue) 14, 19, 38; (Charing Cross Road) 24, 29, 176
Night Bus Numbers: (Shaftesbury Avenue) 14, N5, N19, N20, N38; (Charing Cross Road) 24, 176, N29, N41, N279
Car Park: Chinatown
Within Congestion Zone: Yes
Venue Facilities: Bar, Disabled toilets, Infrared hearing loop, Toilets and Wheelchair accessible
The Palace Theatre London: Opened in 1891 as the Royal English Opera House, grand opera flopped here and the theatre was re-opened as the Palace, a music hall, two years later on 10th December 1892. During the late 1950′s the interior marble work was painted over but thankfully during the last half of the 1980s, the theatre was extensively restored to its former glory without closing the theatre.
The interior painting was removed to once again reveal the marble and onyx, while on the exterior the huge illuminated billboards, advertising productions at the theatre, have been removed to provide a clear view of the building which has a prominent position on Cambridge Circus at the Junction of Shaftesbury Avenue with Charing Cross Road.
Since the mid-1920s, the Palace has been predominantly home to musicals which have included, in 1925 No No Nanette! running for 655 performances, Song of Norway in 1946, in 1949 839 performances of King’s Rhapsody, The Sound of Music in 1961 running for 2385 performances, Cabaret in 1968, and 1972 Jesus Christ Superstar which had a run of 3358 performances. Les Miserables originally opened at the Barbican on 8th October 1985 before transferring to the Palace Theatre on 4th December 1985. Les Miserables became the Palace Theatre’s longest-running show on 10th January, 1994.
Following rave reviews, Sonia Friedman, Colin Callender and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions, producers of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, announce today that a further 250,000 tickets will be released for sale next week on Thursday 4th August 2016 at 11am BST, booking through to 10th December 2017. Tickets are priced from £15 per part and for every performance there will be 300 tickets at £20 or less per part. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the eighth story in the Harry Potter … [Read more...]
Harry Potter and The Cursed Child Parts I and II rehearsals begin and full casting is announced... As rehearsals begin, Producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender are delighted to announce that joining Jamie Parker (Harry), Noma Dumezweni (Hermione) and Paul Thornley (Ron) are Nicola Alexis, Helen Aluko, Jeremy Ang Jones, Rosemary Annabella, Annabel Baldwin, Jack Bennett, Paul Bentall, Anthony Boyle, Zoe Brough, Sam Clemmett, Morag Cross, Cristina Fray, Rudi Goodman, Claudia Grant, James … [Read more...]
UPDATE: Tickets went on sale today at 11am (28th October 2015) for those who had registered for priority booking for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. This afternoon the Producers released tickets for the second booking period to 8 January 2017, also to those who registered for priority booking. At 7pm this evening over 175,000 tickets had been sold for the play, which is unprecedented for a theatre production. On Friday (30 October 2015), when general booking opens, to ensure … [Read more...]
The Commitments is to end its run at the Palace Theatre in London after more than two years. The production had previews from 21st September 2013 and opened on October 8th 2013. The show has played more than 1,000 performances and will close on 1st November 2015. Producer Phil McIntyre has confirmed the musical would embark on a national tour in 2017. It started with a best-selling novel, and then an international hit movie that bred a chart-topping band. Now Roddy Doyle’s classic story … [Read more...]