First of all, let me say how privileged I felt to have seen this production in my home town of Melbourne! I never thought that this theatrical production (so much more than just a ‘play’) would have a base in Australia – let alone my home city. Secondly, it needs to be mentioned that there are no spoilers within this review (#keepthesecrets) so if you haven’t had the chance to witness the spectacle that is “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Parts 1 and 2)” you’re safe to read on and enjoy. Before I get on with the brief review, I feel I need to frame the approach to the story and production.
I’m definitely a ‘Harry Potter nerd’ (Slytherin house, represent!) – aside from my full Hogwarts robe outfit, I almost have enough Harry Potter franchise branded clothing to kit out a Quidditch team; I’ve visited 2 out of the 3 global locations of ‘The Wizarding World of Harry Potter’ (located in Universal Studios theme parks in select locations); and I’ve read each of the original Harry Potter books several times over. It’s no secret however that I wasn’t a huge fan of the book “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” when it was released. I won’t go into detail on why – though most hardcore Harry Potter fans will be aware of the reasoning – however that did not diminish my enthusiasm and curiosity for the stage play. When tickets were released, I was in the very long queue to buy!
Split into 2 parts spanning 5 hours in total, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Parts 1 and 2)” is a theatrical journey into another world as much as it is a masterpiece in itself. The theatre is well themed, with care taken in many elements to enhance the story. The choreography and staging of the show is seamless, as are the transitions to intervals and between parts. Actors playing the characters have done an incredible job portraying characters that are beloved the world over, with their mannerisms, dialogue and vocal talents making the characters so genuine and believable. Clever use of the stage and props along with some poignant metaphors create a rich tapestry of the story. There are references back to base texts and knowledge – nice reminders for those who’ve read the book/s and good for those less familiar with the franchise.
Those looking for theatrics will not be disappointed! Once you see the production (with a substantial price tag for tickets) it will become apparent where the ticket money goes. I’m not going to say anymore on this front, lest I say too much. Loaded with surprises to make any hardened or skeptical fan gasp with glee, I cannot recommend this production enough! The entire production completely surpassed my expectations, and I’ll be devastated if I don’t get the chance to see it again before it leaves town. Simply put, there are some scenes and moments in the story that will stay with you long after you’ve seen the show.
VERDICT: Better than an everlasting gobstopper and more exciting than a trip to Hogsmeade, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Parts 1 and 2)” will leave you transfixed and impressed. Accio tickets and broom to the hottest show in town!
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