New Harry Potter Play to Be Told in 2 Parts

25 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ will now be a two-part play.

Writer Jack Thorne and director John Tiffany told Rowling’s site Pottermore: ‘It shares a scale and ambition with all the Harry Potter stories, so in order to do this justice, we have decided to present the play in two parts. ‘Obviously I loved it when we decided to tell this story in two parts, because I got to spend more time with the characters. ‘It can be seen on consecutive days in the same week or in some instances on the same day,’ confirmed Sonia Friedman, who is producing the new Harry Potter And The Cursed Child with Colin Callender, along with Harry Potter Theatrical Productions.

But my understanding is that parts one and two will be performed on consecutive weekdays, while at weekends, audiences will be able to watch both parts in one day. Even though it has movement by Steven Hoggett, music by Imogen Heap, orchestration by Martin Lowe and special effects by Jeremy Chernick, it is certainly not a musical.

It’s about a couple — played by Laura Pitt-Pulford and Haydn Oakley — who inherit a fleapit of a cinema run by odd folk, including the box-office manager (Ms Goddard). ‘The lyrics weren’t written for the show, but work beautifully,’ says Pitt-Pulford, who joined the team after a run in the Open Air Theatre’s lively production of Seven Brides For Seven Brothers. ‘It’s a learning curve, I can tell you. They hand you music and you sing all day.’ The cast, who include Brian Capron, Ricky Butt and Sam O’Rourke, were having a ball when I dropped by rehearsals, where musical director Mark Aspinall and choreographer Lee Proud were putting them through their paces.

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