Full casting announced for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Rehearsals have begun for the eighth Harry Potter story
The full cast has been announced for the upcoming Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I and II.
Joining the already announced Jamie Parker (Harry), Noma Dumezweni (Hermione) and Paul Thornley (Ron) are Nicola Alexis, Helen Aluko, Jeremy Ang Jones, Rosemary Annabella, Annabel Baldwin, Jack Bennett, Paul Bentall, Anthony Boyle, Zoe Brough, Sam Clemmett, Morag Cross, Cristina Fray, Rudi Goodman, Claudia Grant, James Howard, Christiana Hutchings, Lowri James, Chris Jarman, Martin Johnston, Bili Keogh, Chipo Kureya, James Le Lacheur, Helena Lymbery, Barry McCarthy, Sandy McDade, Andrew McDonald, Tom Mackley, Adam McNamara, Poppy Miller, Tom Milligan, Jack North, Alex Price, Stuart Ramsay, Nuno Silva, Cherrelle Skeete, Esther Smith, Nathaniel Smith, Dylan Standen and Joshua Wyatt.
The company is 42 strong, and features seven children who will alternate roles. Details of exactly which actors will play which roles have not been specified.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I and II take up where the seventh book finished in JK Rowling's saga about the boy wizard.
Watch producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender on the play
The new episode in the Harry Potter story has been split into two plays. The plays have been written by Jack Thorne and will be directed by John Tiffany.
The plays follow the trials of a Harry Potter who works in the Ministry of Magic with a wife and three kids nineteen years later. His youngest son, Albus, is struggling with his family legacy. The show synopsis continues: "Both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places."
Previews begin on 7 June 2016 at the Palace Theatre and throughout the run on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays both shows will be performed with a matinee performance of part one and an evening performance of part two. The press performances will be on Saturday 30 July.