As you may know, I spent my birthday in Swansea visiting my boyfriend for the week which was so lovely. Then, to top off a magical week I received tickets to see both parts of the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play in London. I was absolutely gobsmacked because the tickets are so expensive and I never imagined I would be going to see it, which is why I made do with reading the screenplay instead.
We made the train journey down from Wales (which took 4 hours because of diversions) and got to the theatre with plenty of time to spare. They had decked out the whole Palace Theatre to look like Hogwarts inside, it was honestly incredible to look at. The walls were all specially pasted with dark grey and gold paper, different decorations, exposed lightbulbs; I can’t imagine the work that went into it!
The play itself was so good, even Tom liked it! Despite some flaws with the time travelling theories, the actual staging was breathtaking. The use of different parts of the stage, props, extras, it was all so well done! They even managed to make the actors disappear in thin air which is still baffling me now. Now that I’ve seen the play, I can tell you that just reading the screenplay isn’t enough compared to how incredible the play itself is. Even though the entire day took from 2-10 for both parts, it was completely worth it and the atmosphere kept us going through the whole day.
I really cannot rate the play enough, the money and effort that must have gone into the production is unfathomable. It’s probably the best production that I’ve ever seen including Wicked and Charlie & the Chocolate Factory because of the nostalgia and how well-put together the whole thing was.
Between parts we had a 2.5 hour break and took the time to go to the House of Minalima which is a prints and graphics exhibition shop around the corner of the Palace Theatre. It was so cool!
We then went to a restaurant called Rustiko in Soho which is a tiny little Italian bistro, serving amazing authentic food. We had garlic bread, lasagne, arancini (little fried risotto balls), prawn spaghetti with chilli and asparagus (pictured below), tiramisu and even free prosecco for posting a photo of our favourite dish on social media- a blogger’s heaven right there!!
So, I have to thank my mum for these amazing tickets because it was a truly magical day and I now have the broadway fever- Shaftesbury Avenue, I’ll be back!!
Lots of Love,