It’s an All-New Cast for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”!
As the current Cursed Child cast begin the slow descent towards the end of their run in the award-winning play, new cast members were announced along with rehearsal and debut details.
This week, an entire new principal cast started their Potter journey with rehearsals in anticipation of their May 24 debut on the West End. The change in actors isn’t entirely unexpected, as we previously reported that actor Anthony Boyle was rumored to be leaving his role as Scorpius Malfoy. Director Jack Thorne spoke with Pottermore about the changes.
Think of Doctor Who: new generations happen all the time. People like seeing new actors and their different approaches to characters. We like to see different actors and actresses playing Hamlet, for example — or Lady Macbeth or James Bond.
While some original background cast members will remain, all of the key roles have been recast. Take a look!
Harry Potter will be portrayed by Jamie Glover, with Emma Lowndes taking on the role of his wife, Ginny. Rakie Ayola will take on Hermione Granger while Thomas Aldridge rounds out the casting of the trio as Ron Weasley. James Howard will tackle Draco Malfoy, and already has experience with Cursed Child, having been a part of its original cast.
Theo Ancient will appear in his first professional stage role as Albus Potter along with Samuel Blenkin as Scorpius Malfoy. Rose Granger-Weasley will be played by Helen Aluko, who is an original actor from the Cursed Child theatre company. You can see photos of the principal cast below as well as the full company that will debut on May 24.
Producer Sonia Friedman also spoke about the new cast and what types of performances to expect.
They’re not emulating anybody else. Great plays, great work, will always be reinterpreted by great actors. We’re really looking forward to seeing what they bring to the parts.
For more on the new cast, check out the play’s cast announcement and the press release below!
A new batch of tickets to see the play will be up for purchase starting April 25 and the results of Cursed Child’s 11 Olivier Award nominations will be announced on April 9.
What do you think of the new cast? If you’ve already seen the play, are you excited to see a new take on the characters after experiencing the original cast?