The Harry Potter stage play is so epic that it’s going to be shown in two parts, as a boy wizard extravaganza.
‘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.
Friedman explained that the story is ‘too long to be told in a traditional length and it became inevitable that it had to be in two parts’.
Potterheads unite! Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, which will open at the Palace Theatre next summer, will be split into two parts
Schedules for The Cursed Child, which will open at the Palace Theatre next summer, are still being worked out.
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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.
Callender, however, stressed that dates and times are still being discussed. ‘Access is important to us and certainly we want audiences to see the plays in the same week,’ he said.
The last two Harry Potter films, Deathly Hallows Parts I and II, were filmed back-to-back, but shown a year apart.
This was frustrating for the legions of Potter fans who were forced to wait patiently for the final instalment. It was like being subjected to a 12-month-long freezing charm!
The two-part Cursed Child points to the sheer scale and ambition of the theatrical spectacle that will be directed by award-winning director John Tiffany.
He developed the original story with Harry Potter creator J. K. Rowling and playwright Jack Thorne.
Thorne then turned The Cursed Child into a play.
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.
Instead, it’s very much a play, but one with a lot of wiz, bang and magic.
Information about how to buy tickets, dates, times — and some tantalising details about The Cursed Child — will emerge later next month.
By next summer, I’m sure that the Palace Theatre will be just about the hottest address in the theatrical world.
Small is beautiful for all-singing all-dancing Liza
Liza Goddard admits she’s not known for musicals, but she sure knows how to shake it.
The Doctor Who and Bergerac actress was dancing to Shaking The Blues Away at rehearsals of a musical based on 1957 comedy The Smallest Show On Earth. 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).
There’s a lovely scene in which she declares her takings from punters have included chickens and a partridge, but very little coin of the realm.
Doctor Who actres Liza Goddard during tehearsals for ‘The Smallest Show on Earth’ at The Jerwood Space
The musical has been devised by director Thom Southerland, who hit on the idea of using the songs of Irving Berlin.
‘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.
Goddard’s comic timing is perfect for the show, though she’s a relative newcomer to musicals.
‘It’s a learning curve, I can tell you. At the workshop of the show, I thought: “Oh, lovely! I can have a coffee and sit around.” But, bang! 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.
The Smallest Show On Earth is at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester, Essex, from tonight until October 10, before going on tour