Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

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J.K Rowling's eighth installment of the beloved Harry Potter series arrives at the Palace Theatre London in summer 2016. Written by Jack Thorne and directed by John Tiffany, the play tells the story of Harry Potter and his family after the final '19 years later' chapter of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Harry is now an employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and a father of three. Can his youngest son Albus carry the weight of his father's legacy?

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History

Commissioned by Richard D'Oyly Carte in the late 1880's, the venue was originally intended to host light opera entertainment, similarly to Carte's Savoy Theatre. First named the Royal English Opera House in 1891, the theatre opened with a glittering production of Arthur Sullivan's Ivanhoe. After running for only 160 performances, the venue was forced to close after a lack of opera available, following a short run of La Basoche.

Prolific theatre manager Charles Morton took over the Opera House in 1892, renaming it the Palace Theatre of Varieties and hosting regular music hall entertainment and revues, with film screenings taking place from 1897 onward. In 1904, Alfred Butt took over management, showing dance productions and film screenings.

In 1911, the theatre was renamed the Palace Theatre, hosting orchestra recordings and the famous Palace Girls. 1912 saw the venue present the first ever Royal Variety Performance. During the First World War, the theatre remained open, screening films and presenting revues. In 1922, the Marx Brothers appeared at the venue to perform songs from their Broadway shows.

1925 saw the Palace Theatre put firmly on the map as a host for large-scale musical productions. Notable productions have included No, No, Nanette (1925), which ran for 665 performances, Princess Charming (1926), The Girl Friend (1927) and Fred Astaire's final stage show Gay Divorce (1933). Further early productions included Under Your Hat (1939-1940), Anything Goes (1935), Something In The Air (1943) and a transfer production of The Entertainer (1957), starring Laurence Olivier.

The Palace Theatre is well-known for being home to the original London production of The Sound of Music (1961), which ran for a staggering 2,385 performances, followed by Cabaret (1968), Danny at the Palace (1970) and the hugely successful Jesus Christ Superstar (1972-1980), which ran for 3,358. Les Miserables (1985) also transferred to the venue from the Barbican, playing for a sensational 19 years at the theatre before moving on to the Queen's Theatre.

In 2004, Andrew Lloyd Webber purchased and renovated the theatre, premiering his new musical The Woman in White (2004), which ran for 19 months. Monty Python's Spamalot (2006-2009) followed, with Priscilla Queen of the Desert (2009-2011) and Singin' in the Rain (2012) after.

In 2012, Nimax Theatres purchased the venue, hosting Derren Brown: Infamous (2013), Brainiac Live! (2013), The Three Little Pigs (2013), The Commitments (2013-2015), Derren Brown: Miracle (2016) and Eddie Izzard: Force Majeure Reloaded (2016).

In 2016, J.K Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany's Harry Potter and the Cursed Child opened at the venue, selling out within minutes. New dates are regularly introduced and typically sell-out immediately, with current sold-out dates reaching 2018.

Past Shows

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Derren Brown: Miracle
(closed 13 Jan 2016)
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The Commitments
(closed 1 Nov 2015)

 
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The Three Little Pigs
(closed 6 Sep 2015)
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Brainiac Live!
(closed 17 Aug 2013)
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Derren Brown: Infamous
(closed 14 Aug 2013)

 
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Singin' In The Rain
(closed 8 Jun 2013)
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Priscilla Queen of the Desert
(closed 31 Dec 2011)