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

 Harry Pottter and the Cursed Child. Photo by Manuel Harlan.

Casting news

AHEAD of the new cast’s first performance at London’s Palace Theatre on Wednesday (May 24, 2017), the Producers of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child have released a set of portraits by Charlie Gray. To view them, click here.

Previously Posted: Rehearsals began this week for the new West End cast of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. They will start their performances at the Palace Theatre on May 24, 2017 following the final performance from the current cast on May 21.

Jamie Glover will play Harry Potter with Emma Lowndes as his wife Ginny Potter and Theo Ancient as their son Albus Potter. Thomas Aldridge will play Ron Weasley with Rakie Ayola as Hermione Granger and Helen Aluko as their daughter Rose Granger-Weasley. Playing Draco Malfoy will be James Howard with Samuel Blenkin as his son Scorpius Malfoy.

They are joined by new cast members David Annen, Ruthxjiah Bellenea, Danny Dalton, Leah Haile, Rupert Henderson, Elizabeth Hill, April Hughes, James McGregor, Sarah Miele, Jordan Paris, James Phoon, Henry Rundle, Ged Simmons, Mark Theodore, Gideon Turner and Ed White.

Original cast members Nicola Alexis, Rosemary Annabella, Phoebe Austen, Annabel Baldwin, Jabez Cheeseman, Morag Cross, Esme Grace, Lowri James, Martin Johnston, Alfred Jones, Barry McCarthy, Sandy McDade, Tom Mackley, Harrison Noble, Ben Roberts, Nuno Silva, Hope Sizer and Joshua Wyatt complete the 42-strong company playing a variety of characters, including seven children who will alternate two roles.

Jamie Glover was last on stage in What’s in a Name? for Birmingham Repertory Theatre. His other theatre credits include The Rehearsal, An Ideal Husband and If Only (Chichester Festival Theatre), Donkeys’ Years (Rose Theatre Kingston), Noises Off (Old Vic/Novello Theatre), The Chalk Garden (Donmar Warehouse), The Shawl and The Man Who Had All the Luck (Sheffield Crucible), The Novice (Almeida Theatre), The Invention of Love (Theatre Royal Haymarket) and All’s Well That Ends Well, The Roman Actor and Edward III (RSC).

On film his credits include These Foolish Things, Sacred Life and Age of Treason. Although he is best known on television for playing Andrew Treneman in Waterloo Road and James Lacey in Agatha Raisin, he has also appeared in Endeavour and Doctor Who: An Adventure in Space and Time.

Emma Lowndes’ many television credits include Bella Gregson in Cranford, Mary Rivers in Jane Eyre and Margie Drewe in Downton Abbey. She can soon be seen as Carla Davis in Channel 4’s The Trial. She has also appeared in the films Mother’s Milk and All or Nothing.

Her theatre credits include The Herbal Bed (Royal and Derngate Theatre Northampton), Children of the Sun and Thérèse Raquin (National Theatre), The Accrington Pals, Port, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice and The Seagull (Royal Exchange Theatre) and Whose Life is it Anyway? (Comedy Theatre).

Theo Ancient trained at RADA and will make his professional stage debut in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

Thomas Aldridge is currently appearing in Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre. His previous theatre credits include The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (Birmingham Rep), Made in Dagenham (Adelphi Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Taming of the Shrew (Open Air Theatre Regent’s Park), The Secret Garden and Peter Pan – A Musical Adventure (West Yorkshire Playhouse/Birmingham Rep), His Dark Materials (UK tour), Only the Brave (Soho Theatre) and High Society (Shaftesbury Theatre).

His screen credits include Undercover, Titanic, Call the Midwife, Silent Witness, Hope and Glory and The Support Group (TV); Flea and Blasted (film).

Rakie Ayola was last on stage in The Rest of Your Life at the Bush Theatre. Her previous theatre credits include King Lear (Royal Exchange Theatre) where she played Goneril, Crave/4.48 Psychosis (Sheffield Crucible), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Apollo Theatre), Dido Queen of Carthage (Globe Theatre), The Winter’s Tale (RSC) and Welcome to Thebes (National Theatre).

Her screen credits include No Offence, Vera, Under Milk Wood, Black Mirror, Doctor Who, Silent Witness and Holby City (TV); Been So Long, Dredd, Now is Good and Sahara (film).

Helen Aluko is an original member of the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child company. Her previous theatre credits include Doctor Faustus (Royal Exchange Theatre), Once Language, Many Voices (TNT), The Price (Walking Forward), The Wind in the Willows (Sixteen Feet Productions) and Beauty and the Beast (Theatre Royal Stratford East). She has also appeared on television in The Driver.

James Howard is also an original member of the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child company. His previous theatre credits include Brave New World (Northampton Theatre Royal), Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It, Mojo, King Lear and Morte D’Arthur (RSC), Twelfth Night and Ivanov (Donmar Warehouse) and The Duchess of Malfi (National Theatre).

His screen credits include Black Mirror, Dark Matters, Skins, Spooks, Inspector Lynley Mysteries and Dream Team (TV); Survivor, The Theory of Everything, The Oxford Murders and Penelope (film).

Samuel Blenkin trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and also makes his professional stage debut in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 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 June 2016 at the Palace Theatre and is now the recipient of thirteen theatre awards including the Evening Standard Best Play Award. It has also been nominated for a record-breaking eleven Olivier awards, making it the most nominated new play in Olivier history.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is currently booking at the Palace Theatre until April 29, 2018. The next advance ticket release will take place on April 25, 2017.

Image: New cast members. Photo credit: Manuel Harlan.