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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - character portraits released of new W/E cast

First day of rehearsals. Photo credit: Manuel Harlan.

Casting news

CHARACTER portraits have been released of the new cast of the West End production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. To view them, click here.

Previously Posted: Rehearsals began this week for the fourth West End cast of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, who start performances at the Palace Theatre on May 22, 2019 following the final performance from the current cast on May 19, 2019.

Joining the company are Michelle Gayle as Hermione Granger, Rayxia Ojo as her daughter Rose Granger-Weasley and Dominic Short as Albus Potter.

Continuing company members include Jamie Ballard as Harry Potter, Susie Trayling as Ginny Potter, Thomas Aldridge as Ron Weasley, James Howard as Draco Malfoy and Jonathan Case as his son Scorpius Malfoy.

They are joined by cast members Lola Adaja, David Annen, Valerie Antwi, Emma Bown, Adrian Christopher, Craig Connolly, Robert Curtis, Tim Dewberry, Rachelle Diedericks, Blythe Duff, Antony Eden, Jim Fish, Thomas Gilbey, Elliot Grihault, Rosie Hilal, Joseph Horsford, Mia Hudson, William Lawlor, Susan Lawson-Reynolds, Ronnie Lee, Ryan J Mackay, Lucy Mangan, David Mara, Barry McCarthy, Marcus McKinlay, Kathryn Meisle, Gordon Millar, Duncan Shelton, Molly Shenker, Luke Sumner, Mark Theodore, Emma-May Uden, Madeleine Walker and Maddy Yates.

They complete the 42-strong company playing a variety of characters, including seven children who will alternate two roles.

New tickets for the West End production will next be released on April 2, 2019 for performances at the Palace Theatre until January 19, 2020. Tickets are priced from £15 per part, and for every performance there are over 300 tickets at £20 or less per part.

Michelle Gayle is best known on television for playing the role of Hattie Tavernier in EastEnders. She was last on stage in the touring production of Son of a Preacher Man with her other theatre credits including Belle in Beauty and the Beast at the Dominion Theatre as well as Mum’s The Word, The Brothers and Hopelessly Devoted.

As a recording artist she has achieved six top 20 hits and is a Brit Award nominee. Her other television credits include Wolfblood, Doctors, Holby City, Family Affairs and True Crimes. She has also appeared in the films Joy Division and The Naked Poet. Her first novel, Pride and Premiership, was published by Walker Books.

As a graduate of Arts Ed, Rayxia Ojo joined the second West End company of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in 2017 and has just finished playing in Icarus at the Unicorn Theatre. Her screen credits include BBC One’s Call the Midwife.

Dominic Short is making his professional stage debut in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

The most awarded new play in theatre history, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has won 24 major theatre awards in the UK and is the most awarded play in the history of the Olivier Awards, winning a record-breaking nine awards including Best New Play. The production has also won 25 major US awards with six Tony Awards including Best Play.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, one play presented in two parts, is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The critically acclaimed production received its world premiere in July 2016 at the Palace Theatre in London.

It is also now playing at the Lyric Theatre on Broadway and at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre in Australia. A further North American production will open at San Francisco’s Curran in autumn 2019 and, in spring 2020, a German language version of the play – marking its first non-English language production – will open at the Mehr! Theater am Großmarkt in Hamburg, Germany.

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