UPDATED: “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” Casts Its Trio!

With 2016 on the horizon, we’ve known for a while that casting for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has been underway. Now, Daily Mail reporter Baz Bamigboye has tweeted that the play has found its Harry, Ron, and Hermione!

The official Twitter account for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has retweeted Bamigboye’s tweets, confirming the casting news.

Actor Paul Thornley will be playing Ron:

Actor Jamie Parker has been cast as Harry:

Laurence Olivier Award-winning actress Noma Dumezweni has been cast as Hermione, making her the first actress to play a member of the trio as a person of color:

Bamigboye followed his announcement tweets by providing information on the actors’ current projects.

Jamie Parker can be seen in Guys and Dolls, running at the Savoy Theatre:

Noma Dumezweni can currently be seen in Linda at the Royal Court Theatre:

Meanwhile, Paul Thornley is currently filming the upcoming Netflix UK drama series The Crown:

UPDATE:

The Daily Mail has published an article on the casting. On the decision to cast Dumezweni as Hermione, the article says,

Rowling never made a point of Hermione’s ethnicity, and there’s no textual evidence to indicate that she is, necessarily, white.

Hermione is described as having unruly brown ‘bushy hair’, which she hates. In fact, there are screeds of essays and scholarly works arguing that Hermione could be black. One piece observed that she was born to Muggle, non-wizard, parents and was considered an outsider at Hogwarts – and coded as a racial minority in the wizarding world.

Additionally,

Director [John] Tiffany said he had simply cast the best possible actors, noting that they ‘will be an incredible and estimable triumvirate’.

The article also provides more information about the three actors themselves:

Dumezweni, who lives with her young daughter in London, took over the title role in the play Linda, now running at the Royal Court, with only four days notice after Sex [a]nd [t]he City star Kim Cattrall dropped out. Her performance received rave reviews.

She won an Olivier award in 2006 for her role in the play A Raisin [i]n [i]he Sun, is an associate of the Royal Shakespeare Company and has appeared in Doctor Who.

On Paul Thornley, it says,

Thornley, who is married to and has two children with Casualty star Chloe Howman, has made countless appearances on such staple fare as Holby City, Doctors, Poirot and Life Begins. And he played opposite Olivia Colman in the film London Road.

The article notes that it is “likely” that Thornley’s hair will be dyed to match Ron’s for the play.

Parker, “who is expected to don Harry’s famous glasses,” writes the Daily Mail,

[…] has had a stellar career, having struck gold as Scripps in The History Boys. He has played Henry V on stage and Hamlet on the radio. He is presently playing Sky Masterson in Guys & Dolls at the Savoy Theatre.

Cursed Child producer Sonia Friedman was quoted by the Daily Mail as saying that the casting was a “collective decision” involving J.K. Rowling, director John Tiffany, writer Jack Thorne, fellow producer Colin Callender, and herself.

She added that the production will not be high-tech production, although special effects experts and an illusionist have been hired:

There will be magic.

Harry Potter Play - The play starts 19 years after the last H Potter story ended. Photo caption - L-R Paul Thornley (Ron Weasley), Noma Dumezweni (Hermione Granger) and Jamie Parker (Harry Potter) at the Palace Theatre. Photo by Simon Annand Photo from Janine.Shalom@premiercomms.com

Paul Thornley (Ron Weasley), Noma Dumezweni (Hermione Granger), and Jamie Parker (Harry Potter) at the Palace Theatre. Photo by Simon Annand.

 

UPDATE (December 21):

More photos of Thornley, Dumezweni, and Parker have been released along with an official press release on the casting news.

You can read the official press release below:

Official Press Release

JAMIE PARKER, NOMA DUMEZWENI AND PAUL THORNLEY

TO LEAD THE CAST AS HARRY, HERMIONE AND RON

IN THE WORLD PREMIERE OF

H A R R Y   P O T T E R   A N D   T H E   C U R S E D   C H I L D

PARTS I & II

 

WWW.HARRYPOTTERTHEPLAY.COM

 

Today, Monday 21 December 2015, the Producers of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child are delighted to announce that Jamie Parker, Noma Dumezweni and Paul Thornley will lead the cast as Harry, Hermione and Ron.

 

J.K. Rowling said:  “I’m so excited with the choice of casting for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.  I can’t wait to see Jamie, Noma and Paul bring the adult Harry, Hermione and Ron to life on stage next summer.”

 

Directed by John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a new play by Jack Thorne based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will receive its world premiere in London’s West End at the Palace Theatre in the summer of 2016 and is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage.  Further casting for the Company of over 30 will be announced at a later date.

 

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.  Previews begin 7 June 2016 with the Opening performances of Part One and Part Two on Saturday 30 July 2016. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is currently booking to 27 May 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.

 

Jamie Parker is currently playing Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls at the Savoy Theatre, a role he previously performed at Chichester Festival Theatre where he has also been seen in DramaHoles in the SkinSeagulls, The Coffee HouseThe Commuter and The Gondoliers.  His other theatre credits include High Society at the Old Vic, Assassins and Proof for the Menier Chocolate Factory, Candida for the Theatre Royal Bath, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof for the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Henry V, Henry IV Parts One and Two, A New World and As You Like It  for Shakespeare’s Globe, King James Bible, The Revenger’s Tragedy and The History Boys all for the National Theatre the latter also on Broadway, Racing Demon for Sheffield Crucible, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead for the Theatre Royal Haymarket and Chichester Festival Theatre, My Zinc Bed for the Royal & Derngate Theatre, Singer for the Tricycle Theatre, At the Exit for Chichester Edge, Between the Crosses  for the Jermyn Street Theatre and The Sneeze and After the Dance for Oxford Stage Company.  His film credits include The Lady in the Van, Le Weekend, Valkyrie, The History Boys and Lawless.  His television credits include Count Arthur Strong, Parade’s End, Silk, The Hour, Burn Up, Horne and Corden, Imagine Van Gogh, Silent Witness, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Maxwell, As If, Wire in the Blood and Foyle’s War.

 

Noma Dumezweni is currently playing the title role in Linda at the Royal Court Theatre for which she received outstanding reviews.  Her other theatre credits include A Raisin In The Sun for the Young Vic at the Lyric Hammersmith, for which she was the recipient of the Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role, Feast and Belong also for the Royal Court, A Human Being Died That Night at the Hampstead Theatre, The Fugard and The Market theatres in South Africa and Brooklyn Academy of Music, NY, Carmen Disruption for the Almeida Theatre, ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore for Shakespeare’s Globe, Henry V at the Noël Coward Theatre, President of an Empty Room and The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other for the National Theatre, Macbeth, Breakfast With Mugabe, The Winter’s Tale and Romeo and Juliet for the Royal Shakespeare Company and The Bogus Woman for The Red Room, Traverse and Bush theatres. Her film credits include The Incident, Dirty Pretty Things and Macbeth.   Her many television credits include Casualty, Capital, Frankie, Dr Who, Summerhill, EastEnders and Fallout.  Dumezweni will make her directing debut at the Royal Court Theatre in February with I See You by Mongiwekhaya.

 

Paul Thornley played the role of Dodge in London Road at the National Theatre before going on to play the same character in the film version, both directed by Rufus Norris.  His other theatre credits include A Chorus of Disapproval at the Harold Pinter Theatre, The Three Musketeers for Kingston Theatre, It’s a Wonderful Life for the Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, The Miracle for the National Theatre, Private Fears in Public Places at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, the Orange Tree in London and the 59E59 Theaters in New York, Noises Off at the National Theatre, Piccadilly and Comedy Theatres, Spend, Spend, Spend for West Yorkshire Playhouse and the Piccadilly Theatre and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, All’s Well That Ends Well, The Tempest, Kiss Me Kate all for the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. On television his credits include three series of Life Begins for Granada where he played opposite Caroline Quentin, Father Brown, Doc Martin, Just William, Mutual Friends, Trollied, Big Bad World and Above Suspicion.   As well as London Road, Thornley’s film credits include Man Up, Metamorphosis, The Somnambulists, Les Miserables, Camera Trap and, most recently, Grimsby, the new Sacha Baron Cohen film.  Thornley is currently filming The Crown for Netflix and will also appear in the as yet untitled forthcoming James Marsh film.

 

Previews begin 7 June 2016 with the Opening performances of Part One and Part Two on Saturday 30 July 2016. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is currently booking to 27 May 2017.

 

In addition four special preview performances are planned for the end of May 2016 – details of where and how to obtain these tickets will be announced at a later date.  Details of how to purchase late release and lottery tickets for all performances will be announced at another time.

 

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, Colin Callender’s Playground Entertainment and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions.

 

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be directed by John Tiffany with movement by Steven Hoggett, set designs by Christine Jones, costumes by Katrina Lindsay, music by Imogen Heap, lighting by Neil Austin, sound by Gareth Fry, special effects by Jeremy Chernick, illusions by Jamie Harrison and music supervision by Martin Lowe.

 

Running times for Part One and Part Two will be announced at a later date.

 

BOOKING INFORMATION

 

Theatre

 

Palace Theatre, 109-113 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 8AY

 

Ticket prices

 

Previews: £10, £25, £40, £45 or £50 if bought separately; £20, £50, £80, £90 or £100 for a seat for both Part One and Part Two of the play.

 

Performances after opening from 3 August 2016: £15, £35, £50, £60 or £65 if bought separately; £30, £70, £100, £120 or £130 for a seat for both Part One and Part Two of the play.

 

Performance schedule

 

Reduced price previews will begin on Tuesday 7 June 2016 and the Opening performances of Part One and Part Two of the play will be on Saturday 30 July 2016 at 2pm and 7.30pm.

 

In addition four special preview performances are planned for the end of May 2016. Details of when these performances will go on sale will be announced at a later date.

 

From 6 July 2016, the production will commence its regular performance schedule:   Monday – no performance, Tuesday – no performance, Wednesday2pm Part One & 7.30pm Part Two, Thursday7.30pm Part One, Friday7.30pm Part Two, Saturday2pm Part One & 7.30pm Part Two, Sunday1pm Part One & 6.30pm Part Two.

 

Weekly Lottery

 

Every Friday at 1pm, there will be a weekly release online of 20 tickets for each performance. These will be for the following week’s performances and situated in the stalls. Tickets will be £30 during previews and £40 after the show opens to purchase a seat for both Part One and Part Two.

 

Day Lottery

 

There will be a daily ticket lottery, with 20 tickets in the stalls at £30 during previews and £40 after the show opens to purchase a seat for both Part One and Part Two. These will be available in person at the Palace Theatre box office on the day of the performance.

 

Age recommendation

 

The show is suitable for ages 10 and up.

 

Access tickets

 

For Patrons with physical access needs, please call 0330 333 4410 or email CursedChildAccess@nimaxtheatres.com

Please note, there are no general ticket sales on this number.

 

For a further summary of booking information please visit the official play website HarryPotterthePlay.com/tickets

 

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21 December 2015

What do you think of this casting news? Do you plan to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child?