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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child thrills critics

Anthony Boyle and Sam Clemmett. Photo: Manuel Harlan
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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has been hailed by critics, who have described the production as a “thrilling theatrical spectacle” and credit it with “raising the benchmark for family entertainment”.

The two-part production, which has been in previews at the West End’s Palace Theatre since early June, universally received four and five star reviews from major publications as the review embargo was lifted on July 26.

The Stage’s Mark Shenton, who gave the production five stars, described it as “by turns playful and gripping, disturbing and detailed, poignant and powerful”.

Shenton praised Noma Dumezweni and Paul Thornley’s “finely etched” performances, with the London Evening Standard’s Henry Hitchings describing the show’s characterisation as “richly convincing”.

The Independent’s Jack Shepherd credited Anthony Boyle’s performance as Scorpius Malfoy as “the highlight of this play”.

Written by Jack Thorne, the show’s co-creators also include JK Rowling and director John Tiffany, who The Guardian’s Michael Billington said had “masterminded a thrilling theatrical spectacle”.

Billington also praised the show’s illusions – provided by Jamie Harrison – as did The Times’ Ann Treneman, who described them as “out of this world”.

Writing in The Telegraph, Dominic Cavendish said: “British theatre hasn’t known anything like it for decades and I haven’t seen anything directly comparable in all my reviewing days.”

He added: “[It] will raise the benchmark for family entertainment for years to come.”

Read our full review round-up here.

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