There are references to events that have happened in other books, but I don't think you need to know the books at all to get something out of it. If you buy the programme, that gives you a summary of what happens in every book, plus some terms used that you may not be familiar with.
So here's a question..I've only read and seen the first Potter book. Is Harry Potter background a pre-requisite?
I can't imagine seeing it without having knowledge of the whole story, as there are so many references peppered throughout it that only people who have at least seen the films (if not read the books) will understand, including some of the more minor characters involved. I doubt I'd have enjoyed it half as much if I didn't know the story, and if I were you I'd be more inclined to read the plot synopsis for the series on Wikipedia before you go rather than just reading the programme as you might not have time to read it all before the show starts.
On the other hand, my very detailed knowledge of the books was a minor issue when I saw it as well as I noticed a couple of minor inconsistencies with the books that slightly irritated me, so in some respects you'll probably enjoy it more for not knowing it in detail!
Thanks guys. Any chance anyone has the program handy and can take a picture of the synopsis pages? I'm really not a HP fan (not anti-Potter, just never got into it), and I'm seeing this simply to tick a box and because I am curious and because I do love me some theatre magic.
I saw the original cast over a year ago and thought they were perfect which makes it difficult to like the new cast as much as the original. They are different but still excellent. Most importantly, they work perfectly together as did the originals. From the new cast I prefer the guy playing Albus to the original, also the actor playing Draco Malfoy now has a closer resemblance to Jason Isaacs (playing Draco's dad in the films) what I really liked.
I bloody love this show. It didn't have quite the impact that the first viewing had on me - I think all the special effects are more impressive first view. Cast I felt were just slightly a notch below original cast (apart from the guy playing Albus who I thought was a lot better than Sam Clemmett).
For me, it's just wonderful to go on a 5 hour journey, with characters I love and care about, and get to see where the story continues too. Still in great shape. Long may it reign. 😊
I imagine it's the usual September lull and people have returned tickets realising they can't make the mid week dates. I imagine the weekend shows alone are enough to meet running costs and the weekday shows are just profit.
Looks like they're struggling to sell seats for the Wednesday-Friday shows.
Both last week and this week, they've reduced tickets from £140 to £40. There are currently a few £40 seats for tomorrow's show available on the website.
Thanks Dillan, I'll buy you a beer sometime. Got row C in the Dress for 40 quid both parts! Only ever seen if from near the top of the gallery and with my day free tomorrow this was too good an opportunity to really see the show properly.