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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I and II at the Palace Theatre from 7th June 2016

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One of the most anticipated productions in London in recent years, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child begins in the West End in July, with previews beginning in May. Opening at the Palace Theatre, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will take place across Parts I & II, which will be performed at separate times.

J.K Rowling has teamed up with writer Jack Thorne and director John Tiffany to present the latest instalment of the Harry Potter series. An entirely original story told over two instalments, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the sequel to the previous books and films, following Harry and his friends ’19 years later’.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child focuses on the struggles of Harry’s second son, Albus Severus who carries the legacy of the Potter family name. Meanwhile, Harry is a full-time employee at the Ministry of Magic and is faced with a   “ past that refuses to stay where it belongs”.

Jamie Parker will play Harry Potter, Paul Thornley will play Ron and Olivier Award-winning actress Noma Dumezweni plays Hermione.

Further casting includes Nicola Alexis, Helen Aluko, Jeremy Ang Jones, Rosemary Annabella, Annabel Baldwin, Jack Bennett, Paul Bentall, Anthony Boyle, Sam Clemmett, Morag Cross, Claudia Grant, James Howard, Lowri James, Chris Jarman, Martin Johnston, Chipo Kureya, James Le Lacheur, Helena Lymbery, Tom Mackley, Barry McCarthy, Sandy McDade, Andrew McDonald, Adam McNamara, Poppy Miller, Tom Milligan, Jack North, Alex Price, Stuart Ramsay, Nuno Silva, Cherrelle Skeete, Esther Smith and Josh Wyatt. With such a large cast, the specific parts played have not yet been announced.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is set to open at the Palace Theatre on July 30th, with early previews beginning in late May, and official previews beginning 7th June 2016. On Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, there will be a matinée of Part One and an evening performance of Part Two.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is recommended for ages 10 and up.

If you would like further information or book tickets, visit the Play website here

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Kings Cross Station, Boudicca and Harry Potter


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King’s Cross station is one of Britain’s major railway terminus  with high speed inter-city connections to destinations in Yorkshire, the North East and northern and eastern Scotland. King Cross is tied closely to St Pancras sharing the tube station on the London Underground network.

King’s Cross was built in 1851–1852, the main design was by Lewis Cubitt of the well known Cubitt family which was based on two great arched train sheds, with a brick structure at the end. In contrast to the ornate and decorative St Pancras, King’s Cross station was built to be based on efficient functionality.

The heyday of Kings Cross was between the 1930s and 1960s when it was the terminus of the high speed lines from Scotland and the North.  Some of the most famous steam trains of the time, the Flying Scotsman, Gresley and the record breaking Mallard steamed into King’s Cross.

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In 1972, a new frontage containing a passenger area and ticket office was built to the front of the station, although considered to be temporary, it was still there 40 years later. In 2005, a £500 million restoration was planned that would return the original roof to its former glory and restore the Grade I-listed façade of the original station.

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A new concourse was built to facilitate movement around the station and a piazza on the front of the original façade.

The opening of the restored Kings Cross and St Pancras are part of a massive regeneration of an area that had a less than attractive reputation in the last 30 years.

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As well as its place in railway history , King’s Cross is also known for two very different reasons, one of the oldest legends related to Kings Cross was related to Roman times when the area was supposed to be the scene of a battle between Boudicca’s Iceni tribe and the Roman Army. This has led to the a series of stories that the Ancient Queen is buried under platform 9 and her ghost stalks the station.

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A more recent phenomenon related to Kings Cross is the Harry Potter novels by J K Rowling, according to the books Harry and his friends depart from the fictional Platform 9¾ on the Hogwarts Express to go to Hogwarts School.

King’s Cross have entered into the spirit of Harry Potter by creating a fictional Platform 9¾ which has a luggage trolley  impaled within the wall, which is a mecca for  Harry Potter fans for photographs.

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There is also an Harry Potter shop nearby to buy your Harry Potter merchandise.

Kings Cross perhaps does not have the gothic splendour of nearby St Pancras but is worth a short visit to understand another style of Victorian Railway architecture .