Harry Potter play starring Norfolk actors enchants audience on first night
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Audience members were left spellbound by the first preview of the new Harry Potter play in London's West End.
The debut performance of Harry Potter And The Cursed Child Part One - which has two Norfolk actors in lead roles - was met with 'whooping and cheering' at the Palace Theatre on Tuesday.
The two-part show does not officially open until July 30, but is now in previews and the second part of the play is due to take to the stage for the first time tomorrow night.
The play picks up the Harry Potter story 19 years after JK Rowling's last novel about the wizarding world finished and sees actor Jamie Parker take on the role of the grown-up Harry Potter.
His fellow cast members include former Hewett School pupil and Maddermarket Theatre actress Poppy Miller, who plays Harry's wife Ginny, and former Thorpe St Andrew School pupil and Norwich Theatre Royal Arts Course alumna Sam Clemmett, who plays Harry and Ginny's son Albus Severus.
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Following the first performance Mr Clemmett, who is from Brundall, tweeted: 'Last night was extraordinary to say the least...' to which JK Rowling replied 'In no small part thanks to you, Albus!'
Just before the first performance on Tuesday night JK Rowling appeared in a short clip urging fans to keep plot details under wraps and audience members were given #KeepTheSecrets badges.
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While audience members did on the whole 'keep the secrets,' they also spoke about how they were enchanted by the production.
On Twitter, Ollie Grainger said: 'Interval. ITS MAGICAL. That's all I'm saying.'
Shama Hussain wrote: 'The only disappointment about @HPPlayLDN #CursedChild is that I can't reread it over & over like a book. Stunning performances.'
Maddie Campion said: '#CursedChild is fantastic - really funny, impressive, magic is perfectly executed. Doesn't feel restricted as a play. Cast is perfect.'
The show is based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, and is the eight story in the Harry Potter series. For more details about the show, visit www.harrypottertheplay.com