— Harry Potter Play (@HPPlayLDN) April 22, 2016
The play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child isn’t opening its doors quite yet, but fans are buzzing, whether it’s because they were lucky enough to score a ticket (grumble grumble), or because they’re grabbing a copy of the script to get more of the Harry Potter story. J.K. Rowling gave fans a look at the show’s rehearsal and sat down with director John Tiffany and playwright Jack Thorne who talked about the challenging of staging a play. While the play doesn’t officially open for a while, it will have an preview audience in about two months so the team can see how the play’s received and respond accordingly. Tiffany says, “one of the things I love about theater is that it changes every night.”
Rowling’s been very secretive about the story, and hopes that people who might see the play early will keep the secrets as well to maintain that mystery and excitement:
One of the things that I’ve valued most about the Potter fandom is that as a community, they have really looked after each other. People have each other’s back. It’s a special thing, and it’s for that reason more than any other I would like us, if we can, to manage to keep our secrets. This will be such an incredible theatrical experience that I’d love us to be able to surprise people and move people in the natural way that a story should.
They were quite careful to makes sure the brief glimpses of actors in rehearsal didn’t give anything away. The black-and-white gives the video a nice artistic tone, but could it be that even seeing hair colors (Weasley children!) might be a give-away? Or am I just reading too much into every detail because I’m so painfully curious about this play? (Probably.) We see a group of younger stage actors with with wands a couple times, and Paul Thornly’s Ron and Noma Dumezweni’s Hermione look like they’re getting on well! What do you make of this short look at the play?
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