While Broadway figures out the cast for their rendition of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child after holding auditions Feb. 20, West End across the pond has just announced theirs.
With many members of the previous cast moving on to new projects, the Cursed Child Twitter page announced today that it has hired on 42 new people to join the magic.
Known for its diverse cast, the play made headlines when it featured a black Hermione Granger. The new Hermione, played by Pakie Ayola, continues in this thread, as does her daughter, Rose Granger-Weasley (played by Helen Aluko.)
Whovians know Ayola as the hostess in the RTD era’s chilling “Midnight.”
The new cast also consists of Emma Lowndes as Ginny, Jamie Glover as Harry, Thomas Aldridge as Ron, Theo Ancient as Albus Severus and Samuel Blenkin as Scorpius, alongside a handful of other new faces.
James Howard will resume his role as Malfoy.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child recently received 11 nominations for the Olivier Awards, breaking records and becoming the most nominated new play since the Olivier inception in 1976. The Olivier Awards, originally known as the Society of West End Theatre Awards, were renamed after Laurence Olivier and are the highest honor in British theatre.
“Think of Doctor Who: new regenerations happen all the time. People like seeing new actors and their different approaches to characters,” director John Tiffany told Pottermore.
While there is some truth to that statement, it is almost a given that the new Cursed Child cast will be much more well-received than Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor.
Pottermore also asked Tiffany what he looks for when casting. After joking that the person has to be called Jamie, Tiffany said he chooses the cast based on what they might bring to the characters.
“It’s been quite interesting with various [Cursed Child] characters, because we’ve ended up working with actors that have got a lot of experience in classical theatre. But [we look for] actors that you think will bring something new to this part, and that you’d be excited to see play that part,” he said.
“Great plays, great work, will always be reinterpreted by great actors. We’re really looking forward to seeing what they bring to the parts,” said producer Sonia Friedman.
The current cast will have their final curtain call on May 21. The new cast is set to start performing on May 24 and begins rehearsals this month.
If you’re lucky enough to get over to London this year, you may want to check them out.