Harry Potter And The Cursed Child tells the story of the Chosen One, now an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.
While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.
J.K. Rowling wrote the play along with Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, which will be staged in two parts due to the ‘epic nature of the story’.
Jamie Parker, Noma Dumezweni and Paul Thornley have all been cast in the upcoming production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
Parker, who is currently starting as Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls at the Savoy Theatre, will play Harry. Noma Dumezweni will play Hermione. The Olivier Award-winning actress is on stage at the Royal Court in "Linda" after Kim Cattrall pulled out of playing the lead role. Paul Thornley, who starred in Rufus Norris' London Road, will be Ron.
JK Rowling said: "I'm so excited with the choice of casting for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I can't wait to see Jamie, Noma and Paul bring the adult Harry, Hermione and Ron to life on stage next summer."
I'll admit I was a bit apprehensive of the casting choices, mainly because after having a vivid picture of the characters from reading the books for years and seeing these actors look nothing like that. However, after doing some research on these actors and seeing how each are praised for their performances and highly regarded in theatre and the West End I was reassured by that. I am remaining open minded as theatre is a different art form of storytelling, just as film and book are unique in their own way. As long as Jamie, Noma and Paul capture the heart and soul of our favourite wizarding trio, I am willing to look past the their physical difference and I'm excited to see Harry, Hermione and Ron brought to life on stage for the very first time in 2016.
Further casting for the company of over 30 will be announced at a later date.
Previews begin at the Palace Theatre in London on 7 June 2016 with the opening performances of Part One and Part Two on Saturday 30 July 2016. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is currently booking to 27 May 2017.