Previews have officially begun for Harry Potter & The Cursed Child
The reviews are good. Really good. Really, really, REALLY good. Like, winning the Triwizard Tournament good. And that’s a hard thing to keep under your Sorting Hat.
J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter saga and The Cursed Child, took to Twitter following opening previews on Tuesday to make a special plea with audiences: keep the secrets.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 6, 2016
Rowling sent out her message to try and keep plot points and twists a secret for future audiences and readers. From all of the articles I’ve read so far, she seems to have convinced everyone to stay silent, save for a few juicy morsels. Hear what fans had to say after seeing the preview for Part 1 on Tuesday:
Can’t get to London to see the show? We’ve got a few pictures of the set and the general environment of London’s Palace Theatre.
The stage set by Christine Jones is one vast, unchanging gothic arched hallway, which, with atmospheric lighting effects by Neil Austin, serves as the platforms of King’s Cross Station, the vast hall of Hogwarts, the echoing corridors of the Ministry of Magic and the myriad other locations of the play.
The director John Tiffany uses the actors to create simple imaginative settings out of the old-fashioned travelling trunks which strew the stage. Mixed in with this simplicity, though, is trickery of the highest sophistication. (TheStage.co.uk)
From my morning reading, here are a few tidbits from the show:
- Part 1 runs about 2 hours and 45 minutes, while Part 2 runs 2 hours and 35 minutes. Theatergoers said that the play zipped right along.
- There are live owls in use during the show–and apparently one of them did some improv and flew off the stage.
- There’s a HUGE plot twist at the end of Act 1, but I have not read it (fortunately! I’ve preordered the play and it arrives on July 31st!).
- There were huge queues around the theatre, and the audience reacted enthusiastically at curtain call.
- You can read the best (spoiler free!) Twitter reactions here.
- British news sources The Mirror and the Telegraph already ran reviews, even though the show is still in previews…something that they did with Benedict Cumberbatch’s Hamlet.
- The stage magic is AWESOME.
- Preview attendees were given special buttons to remind them to “Keep the secrets,” as seen below.
— Maddie Campion (@diaryofamaddie) June 7, 2016
And, you can’t have a hit play without some stellar merchandise:
I've had a great evening. pic.twitter.com/vjYVt6NKMQ
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 3, 2016
After hearing this positive buzz (and seeing the cast photos here and here), I have to say that I feel like I’m 15 again, waiting for the next book to arrive at Borders. I remember waiting for Deathly Hallows to come out…and I read it in a single day. I’d read a few more chapters during my downtime at a waitressing gig, and then I ran home that evening to finish it. Oh, how long it’s been to find that kind of enthusiasm for a book!
Therefore, on July 31st, I will not be leaving the house and someone will probably have to remind me to eat food on regular intervals. And yes, Jo, I promise to #KeepTheSecrets.
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