The new play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which opens in London’s West End this summer, has cast actress Noma Dumezweni as Hermione Granger, alongside Jamie Parker as Harry Potter and Paul Thornley as Ron Weasley.
I couldn’t be more thrilled about this casting.
While it is a continuation of the story, it’s clear that the creators envisage their own distinct version; the play is taking on an identity of its own, away from the hit film franchise that made household names of its leading actors.
The choice of cast has cemented this: not only is the trio older than the last glimpse of them in Deathly Hallows, having an actress of South African heritage play Hermione is, frankly, brilliant.
Noma Dumezweni is an Olivier award winner, who has starred in Doctor Who, performed in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s The Winter’s Tale and Romeo and Juliet, and garnered rave reviews in The Royal Court’s production of Linda.
Jamie Parker is currently in the cast of Guys and Dolls as Sky Masterson and performed as Scripps in The History Boys at the National.
Paul Thornley has made a name for himself on stage particularly, namely in Noises Off at the National and London Road, both on film and stage.
It’s a chance for a completely fresh portrayal of these characters on stage and will allow the audience to engage with the play in its own right more than they perhaps would have, rather than comparing it to the portrayals in the film series.
JK Rowling told Pottermore: “I’m so excited with the choice of casting for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I can’t wait to see Jamie, Noma and Paul bring the adult Harry, Hermione and Ron to life on stage next summer.”
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