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Two Norfolk actors to reprise their Harry Potter roles on Broadway

PUBLISHED: 18:05 02 August 2017 | UPDATED: 08:13 03 August 2017

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Broadway cast. Photo: Charlie Gray

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Broadway cast. Photo: Charlie Gray

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Two Norfolk actors who were part of the original West End cast for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two are set to reprise their roles on Broadway.

Jamie Parker, who played Harry Potter in the original West End production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, will reprise the role in the Broadway production. Photo: Manuel HarlanJamie Parker, who played Harry Potter in the original West End production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, will reprise the role in the Broadway production. Photo: Manuel Harlan

Sam Clemmett, from Brundall, and Poppy Miller, from Norwich, are among seven members of the original award-winning cast at London’s Palace Theatre who will be reuniting on stage for the Broadway premiere of the show at New York’s Lyric Theatre next year.

The two-part production sees JK Rowling’s magical world brought to life years in the future, after the boy wizard Harry has had children of his own.

Sam, a former Thorpe St Andrew School pupil, will once again play Harry Potter’s son Albus, while Poppy, a former Hewett School pupil and who has previously appeared in shows at the Maddermarket Theatre, will play Harry Potter’s wife Ginny.

After news of the casting was announced, Poppy tweeted: “We’re off to Broadway! So grateful! And excited... #HPfamily #pasturesnew”

Sam tweeted: “So thrilled I can finally shout this from the rooftops - delighted to be a part of this amazing show on Broadway!!”

Sam is an alumnus of the Norwich Theatre Royal arts courses.

John Bultitude, from the theatre, said: “This new journey for him literally and creatively is testament to his hard work, dedication and passion.”

He added: “News like this is also going to delight all of those tutors here at Norwich Theatre Royal who nurtured Sam and he also starred as a Lost Boy in our Peter Pan panto opposite Derek Griffiths in 2005-06. We wish him well on his journey from Brundall to Broadway.”

Sam’s former drama teacher Miche Montague, who runs MoCo Theatre Company for which Sam is a patron, said: “Sam is filled with talent and generosity and adventure and this once in a lifetime opportunity couldn’t have been offered to a more deserving young actor. I am thrilled that his success continues and thankful he still finds time to actively support MoCo Theatre and mentor my company of actors. My heart goes with him!”

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has won 22 major theatre awards in the UK and is the most awarded production in the history of Britain’s Olivier Awards, winning a record-breaking nine awards earlier this year including best new play and best director.

Preview performances of the Broadway production will begin in New York at the Lyric Theatre in March next year and the official opening will be on Sunday, April 22.

Tickets for the Broadway production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will go on sale on October 12, with people being asked to register in advance from October 1 to 5 for the chance to purchase tickets. For more information about how to book tickets, visit www.HarryPotterThePlay.com

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