New Harry Potter and the Cursed Child cast announced
Rehearsals have begun for the new cast, who start in May
The new cast of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has been announced.
Jamie Glover is to take over from Jamie Parker as Harry Potter, while Emma Lowndes will play his wife Ginny Potter. Theo Ancient will play their son, Albus Potter, replacing Sam Clemmett. Thomas Aldridge is to play Ron Weasley, replacing Paul Thornley, while Rakie Ayola will play Hermione Granger, replacing Noma Dumezweni.
Helen Aluko plays Rose Granger-Weasley, and Draco Malfoy will be played by James Howard. Samuel Blenkin - making his professional debut - will play Scorpius Malfoy.
The lead cast are joined by new cast members David Annen, Ruthxjiah Bellenea, Danny Dalton, Leah Haile, Rupert Henderson, Elizabeth Hill, April Hughes, James McGregor, Sarah Miele, Jordan Paris, James Phoon, Henry Rundle, Ged Simmons, Mark Theodore, Gideon Turner and Ed White.
Original cast members who will continue include Nicola Alexis, Rosemary Annabella, Phoebe Austen, Annabel Baldwin, Jabez Cheeseman, Morag Cross, Esme Grace, Lowri James, Martin Johnston, Alfred Jones, Barry McCarthy, Sandy McDade, Tom Mackley, Harrison Noble, Ben Roberts, Nuno Silva, Hope Sizer and Joshua Wyatt.
The new cast take over on 24 May, with the current cast having their final performance on 21 May.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child opened at the Palace Theatre in July last year to raptuous reviews including a five star rave from WhatsOnStage's Sarah Crompton. The show is split over two plays and tells the eighth story in the Harry Potter series, and picks up when Harry, Hermione and Ron are older and have families.
The show is currently booking until 29 April 2018 and the next advance ticket release will take place on 25 April 2017. The show has been nominated for 11 Olivier Awards and won eight WhatsOnStage Awards.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child runs at the Palace Theatre until 29 April 2018.