The Essential Guide for Your 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' Theatre Day Out
Calling all Potterheads and theatre buffs!
Are you in search of the ultimate gift that combines the allure of a live London West End Theatre Performance with the bewitching world of Harry Potter? Then look no further! We're thrilled to offer you the golden ticket to the most magical experience of a lifetime - The 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ Theatre Production.'
This isn't just a night out at the theatre with your favourite Potterhead; it's a portal to the wizarding world, where spells are cast, friendships are forged, and heroes are born. Read on to discover why this most awarded play, brimming with accolades and brought to life by the dream team of J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne, should be at the top of your gift list this year.
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The Harry Potter and The Cursed Child Theatre Production
Since its iconic world premiere at London's Palace Theatre on the 7th of June 2016, 'The Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' theatre production has been the talk of London’s West End Theatre scene and a global phenomenon to boot! Dreamed up by the magical trio of J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne, this spellbinding theatre production was the most awarded new play in theatre history, boasting a record-breaking nine awards.
Hold onto your wands, because this isn't just any tale - it's the much-anticipated 8th story in the Harry Potter series! Following the adventure of Harry Potter’s youngest son Albus Potter (portrayed by Thomas Grant) and his best friend Scorpius Malfoy (portrayed Adam Wadsworth). The Cursed Child showcases a brave new generation and their epic battle through time, to save the wizarding world from mysterious forces!
Hailed by Forbes as one of the "defining pop culture events of the decade," The 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' play delivers a spellbinding production filled with immense wonder and pure enchantment. Brace yourselves for a mesmerising spectacle - these muggles have put on quite the show.
What to Expect on the Day?
In order to fully capture the sheer magnificence of the eighth story, this critically acclaimed Harry Potter theatre production has been uniquely divided into two show-stopping parts.
It is entirely up to you whether you choose to watch both parts on the same day or on separate occasions, but most fans opt for a day-long Potterthon, catching Part One in the afternoon as a matinée and following it up with Part Two in the evening. This rollercoaster of a day guarantees you'll be utterly captivated, especially with a part one cliffhanger that'll have you itching for the story's grand finale!
All in all, you'll be swept away by over five magical hours of spectacular spells and show-stopping performances! Part One takes you on this most extraordinary new adventure for approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes, while the Part Two conclusion captivates you for a further 2 hours and 35 minutes. But don't worry, both segments come with a 20-minute intermission for you to catch your breath or grab a much-needed Butterbeer!
How to Get to the Harry Potter Theatre, London
Situated on the legendary Shaftesbury Avenue, the Palace Theatre London is accessible through a variety of transport options, such as:
Taking the London Underground is often the fastest and most convenient way to reach the Palace Theatre. Its location is advantageous, being in close proximity to multiple Tube stations, thereby making it pretty easy to access via the London Underground.
Nearby stations include:
Leicester Square (Northern and Piccadilly lines) - Roughly a 5-minute walk away.
Tottenham Court Road (Central and Northern lines) - Approximately a 10-minute walk.
Covent Garden (Piccadilly line) - Around a 10-minute walk.
Nearby bus stops accessible to the Palace Theatre are situated on Charing Cross Road, Tottenham Court Road, and Oxford Street. You can easily walk from these stops to the theatre. Key bus routes to consider include 14, 19, 24, 29, 38, and 176.
Where to Eat Near Palace Theatre
Get ready for a magical marathon!
If you're catching both acts of 'Harry Potter and The Cursed Child' in one day, you'll have just a small window of time to grab a bite to eat before the next performance. Part one wraps up around 4.40 pm, giving you just over an hour to embark on a culinary quest before it's back to the theatre by 7 pm, for the thrilling conclusion in part two of 'The Cursed Child'!
Here are some of our favourite picks…
Benares Indian Restaurant
Elevate your day in London with a visit to Benares, a Michelin-starred restaurant celebrated for its groundbreaking fusion of modern Indian and British cuisines.
If steak is your thing, don't miss our roundup of London's top 5 steak restaurants. You can enjoy a tantalising array of dishes to satisfy your cravings at the celebrated Marco Pierre Whites London Steakhouse.
Just a 4-minute walk from Harry Potter’s Palace Theatre, Chinatown offers a huge variety of authentic Chinese cuisine. So whether you're craving dim sum, Peking duck, or exotic bubble tea, Chinatown is the go-to destination for delicious Asian dining.
Best Afternoon Tea Near Palace Theatre
Looking to kick off your enchanting day with a spot of classic afternoon tea, before you dive into the magic of theatre? Here are some of our top picks, all conveniently located within a brief stroll from the Harry Potter Theatre.
Cutter & Squidge
Just an 8-minute walk from the Harry Potter London Theatre, you cannot miss Cutter & Squidge’s enchanting Wizarding Afternoon Tea - It's the ultimate feast for Muggles and wizards alike, making it a magical complement to a day immersed in the world of Harry Potter.
Enjoy a cheeky tipple before the curtains go up, with The Gin Lovers Afternoon Tea at Brigit's Bakery. Or if you’re hoping to get some iconic sights in before your theatre trip, why not try their Afternoon Tea Bus Tour? Just a 9-minute walk from the Harry Potter Theatre London, Brigit’s Bakery exudes a quintessentially British vibe, blending traditional tea-time favourites with a touch of French flair.
Afternoon Tea at The Shard
If you’re looking to start your day with a little glitz and glam that only London can achieve, take a look at The Restaurants in The Shard, and the extravagant afternoon tea menus they have to offer.
So whether you're a seasoned Potterhead or new to the bewitching world of Harry Potter, a trip to see 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' is an unmissable West End experience. With a captivating story, mesmerising performances, and magical production, this West End theatre outing offers a truly unforgettable day in the UK's capital.
For those still on the hunt for the perfect Harry Potter-themed gift, why not make it an entire weekend of wizarding wonder?
Kick things off with our Harry Potter Walking Tour, an essential experience that takes you to all the iconic filming locations from the Harry Potter series. Or experience the magic of the making with our Warner Bros Studio Tour paired with Afternoon Tea or an overnight stay. Whichever you choose, you're guaranteed a spellbinding journey that will leave you utterly captivated.
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