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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child


Palace Theatre

113 Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, London W1D 5AY 0343 208 0500

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  • Synopsis
  • Theatremonkey show opinion
  • Reader reviews
  • Performance schedule
  • Ticket prices

16th March 2020.
At this time there are NO performances of ANY production taking place in the West End or other London venues.

Stay safe, stay well.

Parts One and Two.

CONTAINS SMOKE, STROBE LIGHTING, LOUD AND PYROTECHNIC EFFECTS.

Harry Potter left Hogwarts nineteen years ago. Married with three children and a job at the Ministry of Magic, his life is pretty full. Meanwhile, son Albus is dealing with the problem of having such a famous family...

Split into two parts, this sequel by Jack Thorne continues the famous stories of J.K. Rowling.

IT IS ADVISED THAT AUDIENCES DO NEED TO SEE THE PLAYS IN ORDER, for the story to make sense. The monkey strongly agrees with this.

www.harrypottertheplay.com is the official website.

Read the Monkey's own July 2016 "Harry Potter Experience" on it's blog: www.theatremonkeybook.com.

IMPORTANT: ALLOW TIME BEFORE EACH SHOW TO CLEAR "SECURITY" OUTSIDE THE VENUE. Join the line, which feeds to the right of the theatre as you look at it, down Romilly Street and back around into Greek Street. The monkey found it took around 10 minutes to get from the middle of Greek Street to the front of the line, arriving 45 minutes before the show, and instantly walked in for the second half arriving 20 minutes before the show, in July 2016.

"BRINGING FOOD INTO THE THEATRE:" The monkey is informed that "security staff have been asked to confiscate certain food items on entry to the theatre." If you have a genuine need (as the monkey did) to bring a particular type of packed meal with you (to eat between the shows, away from the theatre, of course) then monkey advice is to contact them as far in advance as possible, via cursedchildaccess (at symbol) Nimaxtheatres.com. There is a procedure in place which they will work with you on. Allow at least 7 days for a reply from them. Please note, this is for specific dietary / religious needs only, and is not a general system for sneaking your own snacks past security. Please do not abuse it, as it would make things difficult for those with genuine needs.

A thought for those seeing the "two performance" weekend shows: For those travelling too far to go home, but not far enough to get a hotel room overnight, why not book a “day room” for that period. Somewhere to rest, freshen up between shows, etc. See www.dayuse.co.uk for ideas. The monkey used The Academy Hotel, Gower Street. 15 fast minutes walk from the theatre.

"SOLD OUT TICKETS"
Returned and any other "late release" tickets will be sold online, by phone and to personal callers on the day of performance at the Palace Theatre box office. Check the show's Facebook, twitter and website for details. A reader in October 2016 says she was told that restricted view front stalls are often the first ones returned.

PLEASE DO NOT BUY FROM "SECONDARY TICKET SOURCES." YOU RUN A REAL RISK OF PAYING £££££ AND NOT BEING ALLOWED IN TO SEE THE SHOW, AS THE PRODUCERS EMPLOY SKILLED AURORS TO CANCEL EVERY RE-SOLD TICKET THEY FIND - AND THEY ARE VERY GOOD AT IT...

ONE READER'S SEAT BOOKING EXPERIENCE IN AUGUST 2016:
"I never found the official seat pricing plan, so was working from one found online (on a notoriously useless site, the monkey notes) which though saying it was specifically for Harry Potter (in hindsight for the previous release I guess) was not only wrong but also very misleading, because not only the prices but also the banding had changed. Not having seen the official plan I took a guess at which prices referred to which section (not knowing the bands were also wrong at the time) and got it wrong. This was because on the ATG site where my daughter was nearest the front of the queue you had to enter the price you wished to pay and only available seats at that price were then shown. Having planned to pay £45 from that misleading online guide I took a guess I would need to pay £55 to avoid the balcony when I saw the pricing had changed, not realising that this severely limited my choice of seats. We were only offered limited legroom ones which I had to decline, being six feet tall.

We gave up disappointed, but I thought there was no harm staying in the Nimax queue where I was further back. Eventually ATG were sold out so it seemed pointless...but I had nothing to lose by staying in the queue, just out of interest, if not desperation given my daughter's obvious disappointment! (In fact I had gone to buy the book for her to try to make up for it!)

So I was amazed to find there were still seats available when several hours later I got to the front of the Nimax queue. But to start with, it was only disappointment again, as it seemed there were only single (although Nimax didn't make this clear, only confusingly failing to let you add seats to the basket) or limited legroom seats available at the £55 price band.

So what does one do? Budgets are tight and the seats expensive enough as it is; but what else can you do when you have been knocked back and stood in a queue for hours, with no further hope of getting back there ever again! I did what any father would do, and took one stab at seats at a higher price... £65. Bingo!

It was only afterwards when I eventually found a full pricing plan that I realised why my original choices had all failed - because there were so few £55 seats, and mainly limited leg room ones, to start with! And this is where the Nimax site, despite being so much slower, was much better. I mention it because you referred to not being able to choose your seat. That was true, but at least Nimax showed you what might be available (although it would have been better to ask you the number of seats first) in all the bands and theatre sections helping you to make a much more informed choice than ATG. Of course, the wider choice and option to view all of the alternatives may have been why Nimax was so much slower though.

So that's how I ended up spending £80 more than I had planned, when I thought I would be able to buy tickets for (what to me anyway is) a pricey £45 each. I am very pleased with the seats though, although I have just noticed a theatremonkey comment warning anyone over 5' 10", I THINK in relation to ALL the seats in the theatre? And another site says seats get tighter the higher you go, in a section on the grand circle - but I'm not sure if they are saying grand circle seats generally have less legroom than dress circle ones, or legroom reduces as you move up within just the grand circle itself! (legroom varies by row - editor).

Anyway, I'm reassured in the knowledge I can sit next to the aisle ( unless someone tall sits in front of my daughter!) and even (I believe) stand at the back for a stretch if necessary!

By the way I checked on Facebook and my experience of queuing times for ATG vis-a-vis Nimax was mirrored by other customers, and I believe people were still getting tickets from Nimax into the evening, although others were also confused like me when you could not proceed to the next step having selected seats that showed as available - presumably because too many had been selected - but this was not explained)."
 

TWO EXCELLENT TIPS ON BOOKING IN GENERAL:
1) Sales are split between ATG and Nimax. ATG tends to sell out first. Ticketmaster also have an allocation of "premium" seats.

2) Payment cards are charged slightly after a booking is made, once the fuss dies down, so that the authorisation systems are not overloaded. The good news is that some sales are declined... so, a day, two days or three days later, tickets appear again for re-sale. If you didn't get in on the day, try back again 24 hours later, you could well stroll in and have a hassle free pick of some very good stuff indeed.

(Seen at the preview performance on 10th July 2016). Some actors have now left the cast.

The monkey will #keepthesecrets (as the badge they hand you on the way out reminds you to do – the # is important as younger folk don’t read anything not starting with one, apparently) so you won’t find a single detail about the plot or effects in this review, you may read on with confidence.

Make no mistake, this is another addition to the Harry Potter story. Just because it is in script rather than manuscript form doesn’t mean that it differs in any way. It still contains the same magical moments, impressive set pieces, all your favourite characters (they should put a ‘spotters’ guide’ list to tick off in the programme)... and also all of the flaws. The erratic pacing, short and irrelevant material, the long wind-down after the action. All here and easily recognised by regular readers.

Simply, if you like “Harry Potter” enough to have finished, and remember the contents of, every single book and / or film – then you will know enough to follow this pair of plays. If you’ve never read / seen one, look elsewhere for your theatrical entertainment, as you will be in for a very long day indeed. By the end of the second half of the second play (yes, it’s that long) a “Doctor Who” level of conversation emerges that either you will speak or not. If not, you could regret the previous hours.

It’s also VITAL that you see the shows in the correct order. Don’t do otherwise.

Some of this duo really is extremely nifty – rising to grand on occasion; but, particularly in the first play, some of the magic can seem either crude or plain dull – the “table-hopping close-up magician” that you wish would take his simple tricks elsewhere so you can get on with your meal.

It’s a pretty long set-up, the first half of the first play, too. For the monkey, Part Two, Act 1 was the exciting zenith, from around 30 minutes in. The rest swings from compelling to pedestrian, the pace matching Rowling’s usual writing style, it feels.

At first the monkey thought some of the cast were simply not working very hard, then it was highly embarrassed to realise that they were – but that even the best actors were being confined by how established their characters are in their audiences’ minds. Esther Smith stood out, with Sandy McDade, Anthony Boyle and Paul Thornley also making the very most of their characters (no names, to #keepthesecrets).

In short, for regular theatregoers, this show breaks no new ground. “The Curious Incident of the Dog In The Night Time” attempts similar work, far more stylishly, and there really isn’t anything to see that hasn’t been done on a stage before. In fact one moment had the monkey almost saying out loud “gone for a slash.” It wondered whether it was the last bit they rehearsed.

For newcomers to the theatre, though, this is a decent introduction to what can be done on a stage. The craft is here, and Potter fans should get the pleasure they expect.

A very decent attempt, is the monkey verdict, with the second play more involving than the first.

Reader reviews
Legacy reader reviews

I sat in Seat TT23 (Stalls)
TT23 is the seat which is right next to the sound desk. Also there are two more rows behind TT. The Row directly behind TT had the same number of seats but the row behind that one (the last row) had the one seat missing which is right next to the sound desk as there would be zero visibility from that seat.

Review of seat TT23: DO NOT SIT HERE. The seat is sold at full price with only a warning saying "might be issues with overhang". The overhang issue did however not bother me at all - I don't think you really miss anything because of the overhang. However the seat itself is awful!!!! You are crammed in right next to the sound desk - again this does not actually restrict the view, but what does restrict the view is the way the seat is angled in relation to the seat directly in front of you.

The rake which produces good views in most of the stalls stops somewhere around Row TT, meaning that your head is pretty much on the same level as the head in front of you and also the seat is pretty much directly behind the one in front so it resembles more the seating in an aeroplane. As it happened, the person's head who was sitting in front of me, was so high that my eyes were level with their shoulders - consequently the person's head blocked out all the action from the stage 'floor' right to the fly floor. Because of this I completely missed all the action all the way from Centre Stage to the Stage Right Wing. With my left eye, blocked by the person's head in front (a normal sized person), I could only see the Stage Left Wing. At least with my right eye, I could follow some of the action that was closer to Centre Stage, however after an hour of this, I kind of got tired of following the play with only one eye, and pretty much just closed my eyes most of the time just listening to the dialogue as the one eyed thing was giving me a headache.

There is a possibility of moving out of your seat and edging all the way to the right in your seat to avoid the person's head in front of you. However, you do have one person sitting again directly behind you (also on the same level) who when I moved my head into this space, told me that this was the only place they could see anything, and, as I did not want to start a fight, I did not wedge myself into this space.

I really really think this seat should only be sold as a restricted view seat; I have sat in restricted seats before, where the view has been far far better than in this seat.
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I will keep this review spoiler free, in order to ‘keep the secrets’.

When I book theatre tickets it’s usually quite far in advance, months in many cases, so when the time comes around to watch the show I’m not always in the mood, as was the case with Harry Potter.

The show started quite slowly and I wasn’t that engaged, what was all the fuss about? But then something happened; quite suddenly in fact, I was transported to another world. SPOILER ALERT I was on top of a train, disappearing through phone boxes and travelling by floo powder. SPOILER ENDS. A world I loved as a child, a world I had forgotten perhaps, had returned. I was enthralled.

Indeed, I actually preferred the first show to the second. The second could have benefited from a heavy edit, you can feel the show slipping off into tangents, characters appearing for no other purpose than nostalgia. That said, I was never bored and I never wanted the show to end, so…

The set reminded me of Wicked, quite bare, using minimal props to convey so much more. This meant in the truly magical moments you are really blown away. Scenes involving a bookcase and a lake really reminded me of the awe capable in the Potter world.

The acting was excellent; you really feel the love that has gone into this show. Noma Dumezwani was great as Hermione, James La Lacheur filling in as Scorpius was a standout, and Paul Thornley was delightful as Ron.

To the uninitiated this show could prove to be too much. The references to past stories would probably leave a Potter philistine bemused. But if you’ve watched the films/read the books you’ll be pleased.

You can tell Jack Thorne is a fan of the books, his passion for the world bleeds into every scene. There are collective moments where the audience around me, laughed, cried and gasped in shock. As the two girls to my left remarked, ‘It’s just magical’. Yes, yes it is.

Seat Review: Stalls. C20. Excellent view. For top price it was worth it. Completely unobstructed views and close enough to see faces of every actor. Might be better to watch the show from the circle to get more perspective on the spectacle of the show though. Great seats still.
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Have to say overall I loved it, but I agree with Theatremonkey's review. Like the books, some sequences are incredible, some obvious padding. But absolutely loved the imaginative staging, and the central performances were terrific. Not going to add much more for fear of spoilers, but I think this is an absolute must for any fans of the series. My sister who is a huge fan was absolutely blown away.

We sat in the stalls, row A seats 21 and 22. I struck very lucky by phoning up the box office a couple of months ago and got the leader of the returns team who was extremely helpful. The view was faultless, everything was right up close and very intense. Sit further back if you are bothered about seeing the actors feet - given I am very tall this was not a problem for me but might be for others. Legroom - better than it was in row Q but still very tight. I could fit in but there was no room for manoeuvre. I am grateful to the person to my left who was amenable to my invading their space a little but there really was no choice. It was very uncomfortable but thankfully I was so absorbed in the play that it wasn't as bad as it could have been. I don't think the situation would have been better anywhere else so the quality of the view was worth it.
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We sat in stalls H2 to H4. All were sold as top price (when original booking was made a year ago, now there are some at a higher price). H4 was fine. H3 OK, but slightly restricted view. H2 should definitely not be sold as anything other than restricted view. You can't see any of the top right hand corner of the stage. This means some action is missed (it would be a spoiler to specify) and on two occasions dialogue takes place and you are unable to see the characters. The seats were comfortable enough, and I may choose them again to be close if none others were available, but I could have had mid-row K instead and would have chosen them in preference had the sellers been clear that H2/3 were restricted view.
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Just a few quick notes on the show we saw yesterday (30th December 2016). Sat in Upper/Grand circle seats A36 and 37. Leg room was tight but I'm 6'1 and if I sat right at the back of the seat I had one inch of gap in front of my knees. I would sit there again as view if stage was great! Restrictions on the view wasn't a problem we maybe couldn't see 10% of back left corner although seats to the left (higher numbers) the view deteriorated very fast so would suggest avoiding unless heavily discounted.

Show was excellent but won't give spoilers.
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On the website it says to check regularly as there are not only returned tickets but they cancel any they see on resale sites and put them back on sale. THIS IS TRUE! To the utter delight of my daughter I got tickets two weeks ago for performances four days away! And there were several available. I’ve told other people to keep the web page open and refresh when they think of it. Two of them have now got tickets.

For the first time, I bought – gulp – premium tickets of which I thoroughly disapprove but hey-ho… (I hope never to do that again) Sat in Stalls G 8 and 9. Fantastic seats. They should be as I will now have to sell a kidney to pay for them… But just about worth it. Very good pair of plays that kept me engaged for the full marathon.

I’m not a Harry Potter fan so I ‘revised’ in advance from one of the many fan sites – definitely worth doing if you don't know the story. More a theatrical experience than a play, I think, but one worth doing. Plus my daughter has now confirmed I am the world’s greatest mother especially as I got Hamilton tickets the same day.
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The row C stalls were perfect...disappointed that Harry was an understudy...the original guy sure looked healthy enough the next night on WOS awards.

We studied the stories but we were still a little lost. Clearly the fans will appreciate this more than the muggles. I was so happy to see it and proudly wear my "keep the secrets" button. Don't really want to see it again on NY and I might not be able to afford it. Looks like most people on cancelation line got in.
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I sat in stalls seat C4 for both parts of Harry Potter in May 2017. The tickets cost 70 pounds each which was the highest price when I booked them the previous August but I think there are now premium tickets available which cost more than that.

This seat is the end of the row. You'll see on the seating charts that there is a pillar at the end of the row - the pillar doesn't obscure your view in any way - it does make it impossible for anybody enter the row without you having to get up but that wasn't a problem.

I was close enough to see facial expressions and costume and set detail and I think I got 99% of the action. There was some activity at the back right hand side of the stage (when there was some magical travel going on) that I couldn't see because of the seat position and height. There was also a character entry that I missed because they stayed on the right hand side of the stage very close to the wings -the rest of the audience laughed at his appearance that tipped me off and I was able to see the character once I leaned my head a little to the left.

Well organised set up at the venue in my experience - they have staff manning the ticket collection line, security checks are friendly and fast, staff manning the merchandise queue and what must have been the fastest moving Ladies toilet queue I've been in (they had a staff member manning the toilet queue as well :) )
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19th July 2017.

I am not a theatre goer so I have little for comparison, but I was very very impressed with the special effects.

I am not a Harry Potter fan but the plot for the first performance was not very dependant on previous knowledge although I am probably underplaying the role of some of the general background knowledge I had from wading through about two thirds of the first book a few years ago, and any additional briefing supplied by my daughter. The 'programme' (if it's worth a fiver for a glossy booklet mainly devoted to the story of the theatre and its benefactors, more than the play itself!) does give a brief summary of the story so far, but notwithstanding my "not dependant" comment above I think having some previous knowledge of the characters and their history is important - but hard to judge as I haven't experienced the play without it!

I would say however that judging by audience responses to some of the conversations in the play, the more you know about the past stories the more you will get out of it, as there were clearly references and nuances that went over my head - but not necessarily to the detriment of following the plot.

After the first half of performance one there were occasions when I found the plot themes somewhat repetitive and therefore a little tedious but nevertheless, apart from a phase in the middle of the second half of the first performance when I started to nod off (showing my age!), the play did generally hold my attention and the effects in particular were gripping and more than enough to restore or maintain it had it become under threat.

Again the plot in general was easy to follow in performance two but I think there was much more detail dependant upon previous knowledge too (of much more than just performance one). Again, hard to tell not having experienced it, but I think one would have struggled a lot more without ANY previous knowledge in performance 2. As it was, there was plenty that I had to accept I wasn't going to understand myself without more background knowledge, but not so much that I couldn't get enough out of it to enjoy the plot in more general terms.

As for the seats...upper circle G21 and 22. These worked very well for us thank you!! View was excellent, especially as they were central. Facilities were immediately accessible although I had to go upstairs for a hot drink where it was a bit crowded in the bar but I was able to be served in time.

Perhaps this is normal and a totally unnecessary comment, but I did find the diction very clear and audible from all of the actors throughout, which I greatly appreciated. This was not my experience attending a play in Birmingham recently that was rubbish in comparison and in more ways than that! Incidentally most schools haven't broken up, which I imagine is why there were very few children in the audience. Any rustling, chatter or disturbance would have significantly impeded my concentration trying to keep up with the plot and developments I think, though probably not someone who is familiar with the background stories.

We were at the back of the upper circle so you couldn't see actors' facial expressions, although I did take binoculars which at least helped get some take if not continuous close ups on each of the main cast.

Which leaves the comfort rating...

Had I been in the middle of the row, I think it would have been good practice for my economy long haul flight on Monday, but, sitting on the end as I did, it did work out as planned I am glad to say, with room at the side to compensate for the more limited space in front. So apart from stretching etc in the intervals, I felt no need to stand up or move to stand behind (which I could easily have done, had it been allowed) during the performances. However my daughter who is only five feet three did complain about the limited space when we first took our seats but seemed absolutely fine throughout thereafter.
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I and two friends went to see these shows this week (27th and 28th July 2017). We had purchased at £99 for the two shows together seats in Row M of the Stalls. The view was excellent for seats M7, M8 and M9 and there was plenty of leg room. However, our enjoyment was severely impaired because of the extraordinarily fierce arctic wind effect from the theatre’s “cooling system”. It is was both cold and irritating as the wind was strong enough to be blowing our hair around! We asked at the interval whether the effect could be moderated/turned down/off, but received a negative response. The following night, for the second performance, we turned up with hats and scarves - in July! I think seats M5 and 6 were similarly affected as the people in them also turned up dressed like Shackleton. It was like having the breath of the Dementors on you for two hours.

All the air vents in the wall to our right (looking towards the stage) and seemed to be on overdrive - and so undoubtedly there were others being similarly afflicted. It was very targeted. The people in the row behind (N) seemed to be fine, ditto row L in front. The vents are positioned mid-way up the walls - around head height, but seemed to be blowing in a diagonally downward direction, hitting at around seat 4 through to at least seat 9. I think it was more annoying as you do not expect to be tortured thus for £49.50.
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A party of 7 of us saw this show in July 2017. We sat in The Balcony E8-14. I'd read other reports re: The Balcony's seating problems but since we couldn't afford any of the more expensive seats I booked these with a little trepidation - particularly since I was responsible for the other 6 in the group!

We found no problems at all in those seats. The person on the aisle seat, E8, said the metal safety rail marginally cut into the right front corner (as you were looking at it) of the stage, but this hardly mattered. Those of us further towards the middle of the row had no such obstructions...your view is 'over' the rail... it doesn't 'cut into' the view. Yes, you are high up, but you can see everything clearly and all the illusions/special effects are designed in such a way as to be appreciated from wherever you sit.

There were no problems with leg-room. There were a couple of moments, 2 scenes each probably only a couple of minutes long involving water, (I'll say no more), which took place right at the front of the stage, and for which you needed to lean slightly forward to see the action. Everything else was easily seen.

The rake is so steep up here that your feet are level with the shoulders of the row in front so there is absolutely no problem seeing over heads, (apart from the aforementioned leaning forward bit) but they are very short scenes, and you can hear even if you can't quite see!! All other action had a clear view.

During the interval and between Parts I and II a few of us moved around to 'sample' views from other seats. I would agree with other comments that views from Rows A - D (centre block) are hindered by the safety rails, and the further towards the ends of the rows you go, the more of the edges of the stage are 'cut off'.

Row E where we were is priced at £20 per Part. Row F, directly behind(!), is £40, (in fact it may now be even £42?). DON'T spend double the money to sit a row further back!!!! There is no need to. You won't gain anything!! This is the gamble I took and it paid off.

For people on a budget as we were, go for £20 in Row E centre block every time. My sister is under 5' tall and had no problem seeing from E10. Avoid Rows A-D. The further back you go the steeper the rake and from the very rear of The Balcony you would most likely lose much of the top/back of the stage.

Howard. (North Lincolnshire).
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Seat: Stalls, N6 for £72.50. This row is staggered such that sitting in this seat means you see the stage between the two people sat in front (why don't all theatres do this?). This resulted in a great and unobstructed view. I'm 6ft / 1.83m tall and found leg room tolerable (my knees touched the back of the seats in front if I slumped a little). I was able to put my feet under the seats in front which helped.

I have to say I really enjoyed both parts and loved all the visual effects. It's a bit slow in places but I didn't mind because I really got into the story. I also really liked how they used time travel in the play whereas in the books I hated the time travel stuff. I just wish Ron was less of a side character but you can't have everything lol.
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Well what a day to do a double. Saturday 23rd June 2018 was roasting, very grateful to be in a box.

We were in box X. The view of the stage is OK, but SPOILER ALERT we were watching feet act every time they climbed those staircases. and the Dementors are a lot less scary when you can only see their robe tails. SPOILER ENDS.

Having read the script I knew what was coming most of the way through, so to be honest the view did not detract from our enjoyment of the play, and it was wonderful not to be packed into the seats with all those other bodies. For the price I paid for the tickets, I will be very happy to use this box again.

It is still extremely popular, and there was not an empty seat to be had in the house.

I am very happy to report that the magic is just the same on the stage as it is in the books and the films. Sometimes it was a little slow, but as a true Potter fan, I just can't get enough of the stories, and this is a fitting story to add to the rest of the tales.

I was happy with nearly all of the cast, and most of them have well established boots to fill, so fair play to them. There was only one I didn't like, and it was not a big enough part to worry about.

Very happy to have finally seen it, and I would happily got to see this again.
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We saw both parts of this show on Saturday 29th September 2018. The shows were great, plot a bit confusing, but I had read the script so knew what to expect. I won't give any spoilers but the cast, staging and effects were wonderful.

My big issue is with our seats. We bought top price stall tickets just over a year ago, but could not select our actual seats. We were allocated D26 and D27 in the stalls, both top price tickets. THEY ARE AWFUL! Restricted and awkward view of the stage and a clear view of cast members waiting in opposite wings. Also could see cast and crew in black moving about on stage which spoiled some of the magic and illusions. So unfair when other audience members, who paid the same price, sat in much better seats with a proper view. The two end seats of the row, D28 and 29 are classed as obstructed views and priced accordingly; the man in D28 was leaning across me on more than one occasion to see properly and I would think that D26 and certainly D27 should be classed the same. I will not book tickets for this show again unless I can choose my own seats. Very disappointed.

Gillian.
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I was keen to see the Cursed Child sometime in the next few months (January 2019), so after a year and a half of unsuccessful Friday forty entries I decided it was time to start checking for returns and maybe forking out for full price seats.

I went to the Nimax website last Monday morning, and started off looking for seats to individual parts. I figured the original buyers were probably more likely to return a single ticket than both together, so was disappointed when there was nothing at all available. Then, just on the off-chance, I looked for both parts together. Hey presto, there were the seats! Top price non-premium stalls tickets, rated theatremonkey green, for the Thursday and Friday night that same week. I couldn't believe my luck! At the payment page I discovered that if you've bought both parts together you can't then return a single ticket, which explains why I had more luck looking for both parts.

I got stalls F22-23 and I have to say they were brilliant. Fantastic view of the stage and much better legroom than those sitting a few seats along. I didn't feel especially off-centre (I was slightly nervous as these are right at the edge of the green section on your plan, but needn't have worried) so would highly recommend.

The play itself was hugely enjoyable. If we weren't Potter fans then I doubt I'd rate it, but anyone who knows the books will probably enjoy the story, and it's well staged. Controversially I preferred part 1. Maybe if I'd held out I might have won the Friday forty in the end (a colleague of mine was successful so I know it's possible), but I'm glad I splashed out on these seats.

All I can say is thanks so much for your seating plans. Usually I've already decided what I'm going to see, when I want to go and how much I can pay, so I just use your plans to get the best seat possible for the funds I have available. However, last week seeing those little green blocks made the difference between me talking myself out of a £300 Monday morning impulse purchase, and being brave enough to go for it and having an excellent time.
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Attended on a Wednesday for both plays on the same day. Sat in seats R 26 and 27 in the stalls. These came with a warning when booking about the overhang but I was actually pleasantly surprised. You do miss the very top left hand corner of the stage but not much happened up there so it wasn't really an issue. The rake here is quite good and as long as you don't have a giant in front you get a good view. It is near the back of the stalls but you don't feel too far away and the sound is still good. Definitely happy to pay £42.50 per part. If I'm honest I was a bit disappointed with the play itself. The story is good and I did enjoy it but as a theatrical experience I didn't think it was up to scratch with a lot of other things I've seen recently. 

The monkey advises checking performance times on your tickets and that performances are happening as scheduled, before travelling.

Part One
Wednesday at 2pm
Thursday at 7.30pm
Saturday at 2pm
Sunday at 1pm

Part Two
Wednesday at 7.30pm
Friday at 7.30pm
Saturday at 7.30pm
Sunday at 6.30pm

Part One runs 2 hours 45 minutes approximately, including one 20 minute interval. The monkey got 2 hours 40 in July 2016.

Part Two runs 2 hours 35 minutes approximately, including one 20 minute interval. The monkey got 2 hours 35 in July 2016.

IMPORTANT: ALLOW TIME BEFORE EACH SHOW TO CLEAR "SECURITY" OUTSIDE THE VENUE. Join the line, which feeds to the right of the theatre as you look at it, down Romilly Street and back around into Greek Street. The monkey found it took around 10 minutes to get from the middle of Greek Street to the front of the line, arriving 45 minutes before the show, and instantly walked in for the second half arriving 20 minutes before the show, in July 2016.

 

 

Theatres use "dynamic pricing." Seat prices change according to demand for a particular performance. Prices below were compiled as booking originally opened. Current prices are advised at time of enquiry.

FOR ONE PLAY:
Stalls
Rows A to R: £80 (except "Restricted View" row A 5, 26 and 27; D 2, 3, 28, 29; E 2, 3, 30; F 1 and 2: £20)
Rows S and T: £67.50
Rows TT and V: £57.50

Dress Circle:
All seats: £80

Upper Circle:
All seats: £67.50 except
Restricted legroom A 7 to 38; row H: £57.50
Restricted View and Restricted legroom row A 3 to 6, 39 to 42; B 2 to 7, 38 to 43: £20

Balcony:
Centre Block
Rows F to M: £42.50
Restricted view rows A to E: £20
Rows N and O: £20

Side Blocks
All seats: £15

Boxes:
Stalls "Restricted View" Box X: £15 per seat
Dress Circle Box A: £70 per seat

 

FOR BOTH PLAYS:
Stalls
Rows A to R: £160 (except "Restricted View" row A 5, 26 and 27; D 2, 3, 28, 29; E 2, 3, 30: £40)
Rows S and T: £135
Rows TT and V: £115

Dress Circle:
All seats: £160

Upper Circle:
All seats: £135 except
Restricted legroom A 7 to 38; row H: £110
Restricted View and Restricted legroom row A 3 to 6, 39 to 42; B 2 to 7, 38 to 43: £40

Balcony:
Centre Block
Rows F to M: £85
Restricted view rows A to E: £40
Rows N and O: £40

Side Blocks
All seats: £30

Boxes:
Stalls "Restricted View" Box X: £30 per seat
Dress Circle Box A: £140 per seat

 

 

BOOKING INFORMATION:
On Saturdays and Sundays, you MUST PURCHASE TICKETS TO SEE BOTH PARTS OF THE PLAY, and will be allocated the same seat for both parts. You are able to purchase separate Wednesday performances if required.

On Thursdays you can see part one, and be automatically booked to see part two on the Friday following. Alternatively, you may choose a later Friday date.

Tickets will be posted out 2 weeks before the performance date, if requested. Sadly, they will be delivered by a postman / postwoman and not by owl.

 

"Weekly Ticket Lottery:"
From 12.01am each Monday until 1pm each Friday, customers aged over 18 can enter a lottery to win the right to buy up to 2 of 40 tickets, located all over the theatre, for each performance in the following week which will be released for the following week.
Tickets cost £40 (£20 per per play).
To enter the lottery, you need to visit http://www.harrypottertheplay.com/ticket-information/
OR
Download the App from Todaytix.
At 1pm every Friday the lottery will close. Successful customers will be notified between 1pm and 5pm that same Friday. If selected, you can buy a maximum of two tickets for parts one and two in a single transaction.

 

"Premium Tickets:" A very limited number, priced either £199 or £250 (£99.50 / £125 per play) are released on a weekly basis, for performances close to the time, at http://www.harrypottertheplay.com/ticket-information/.

 

"SOLD OUT TICKETS"
Returned and any other "late release" tickets will be sold online or by phone in advance, and to personal callers on the day of performance at the Palace Theatre box office. Check the show's Facebook, twitter and website for details.

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