It’s Harry, Ron and Hermione, but not as you know them – Harry Potter and The Cursed Child has found its magical trio who will replace Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint on stage.
Jamie Parker, Noma Dumezweni and Paul Thornley will play the adult Harry, Hermione and Ron as Harry Potter’s tale continues in London’s Palace Theatre.
Parker is currently playing Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls at the Savoy Theatre, with previous stage credits including The History Boys for the National Theatre, High Society at the Old Vic, and Henry V and As You Like It for Shakespeare’s Globe.
He’s also appeared in TV shows including Parade’s End, Silk and Count Arthur Strong, as well as starring in the 2006 movie adaptation of The History Boys.
Dumezweni, who will appear as Hermione, is currently playing the title role in Linda at the Royal Court Theatre. She won an Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role for her perofrmance in A Raisin In The Sun for the Young Vic at the Lyric Hammersmith.
Her film credits include The Incident, Dirty Pretty Things and Macbeth, while her many television credits include Casualty, Capital, Frankie, Dr Who, Summerhill, EastEnders and Fallout. Dumezweni will make her directing debut at the Royal Court Theatre in February with I See You by Mongiwekhaya.
And last but by no means least, Ron Weasley: Paul Thornley played the role of Dodge in London Road at the National Theatre before going on to play the same character in the film version, both directed by Rufus Norris.
On television he featured in three series of Life Begins on ITV alongside Caroline Quentin and Alexander Armstrong. He’s also featured in Father Brown, Doc Martin, Just William, and is set to appear in Grimsby, the new Sacha Baron Cohen film set for release in March 2016. Thornley is also currently filming Netflix original The Crown.
JK Rowling says she is thrilled with the new line-up. “I’m so excited with the choice of casting for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” the author said. “I can’t wait to see Jamie, Noma and Paul bring the adult Harry, Hermione and Ron to life on stage next summer.”
She’s one of the lucky ones who’ll get to see it that early. Tickets for The Cursed Child went on sale earlier this year, with limited seats available through to May 2017.
The play begins where the seventh book ended, following Harry’s son Albus Severus in a new story by JK Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany.
“It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children”, the official synopsis reads.
“While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.”