First Look at the Home of “Cursed Child” Germany
There are only a few weeks left until it’s curtain up on the first non-English-language production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in Hamburg, Germany. While the cast have been busy rehearsing for their magical debut, the Mehr! Theater am Großmarkt has been undergoing a spellbinding makeover in order to fully accommodate the production.
Much like the other theaters that are currently home to Cursed Child, the Mehr! Theater am Großmarkt has been transformed to hold the now-familiar staging of the play, which features curved archways, clock faces, luggage, and (most importantly) the practical staging components that allow the magic of the play to come alive.
The cast of Harry Potter und das verwunschene Kind have recently got their first look at the stage on which they will be performing in just a few weeks’ time. Speaking to the cast as they began their first rehearsals at the theater, associate director Pip Minnithorpe couldn’t contain his excitement:
It really is your first day at Hogwarts today, isn’t it? Look at this awesome theater!
A video uploaded to the Cursed Child YouTube channel shows some of the incredible staging design and features cast members’ first impressions. It also hints at some of the other finishing touches that have helped transform the Mehr! Theater am Großmarkt into the home of Cursed Child in Germany.
Alen Hodzovic (Draco Malfoy) spoke about the cast’s first day in the theater:
We’re moving into the theater today; it’s a huge day. And now we’re basically going to the Quidditch pitch, and people are scurrying and working and hammering and creating, and you can already see a lot of great details.
Hodzovic wasn’t the only cast member to be amazed by the transformation of the theater. Glenna Weber (Moaning Myrtle, Lily Potter) also alluded to the details hidden within the stage design:
So I feel a little bit at home here. Here you have the best view. There is so much to discover. This room is so warm.
Swing Dave Wilcox summed up his feelings about the theater, which will resonate with fans who have been waiting to see the show:
It’s great, to say the least. So the anticipation has almost always been growing steadily in the last few weeks when we were on the rehearsal stage, and I think I will be looking forward to the next day every day.
Previews of Harry Potter und das verwunschene Kind begin on February 7, and performances will begin on March 15. Tickets for the German production can be purchased from the official Cursed Child website.