just to the north of covent garden, the magnificent red brick palace theatre looms imposingly over cambridge circus.
It opened in 1891 as the Royal English Opera House, intended as a home for the lavish 19th century genre known as ‘grand opera’, but its success was short-lived. After stints as a music hall and even an occasional cinema, it was renamed the Palace in 1911 and soon became famous for its large-scale musical productions.
fred astaire, the marx brothers and laurence olivier all trod the boards of the palace theatre, and some of london’s most famous productions have played there for thousands of nights each, including the sound of music, les miserables and several of andrew lloyd webber’s biggest hits.
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CURRENT PRODUCTION: HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD PARTS I AND II
billed as “the eighth story, 19 years later”, harry potter and the cursed child parts one and two casts a spell over the west end in a new two-part play written by jk rowling, jack thorne and john tiffany, which won a record-breaking 9 olivier awards with mastercard in 2017.
it was always difficult being harry potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is 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.
harry potter and the cursed child is one play presented in two parts. both parts are intended to be seen in order on the same day (matinee and evening) or on two consecutive evenings. on thursdays there is an evening performance of part one and on fridays an evening performance of part two. on those days tickets to each part can be bought together or separately. tickets for wednesday matinee and wednesday evening performances can also be bought together or separately.