Saturday 23rd October

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‘Impossible’ at Noel Coward Theatre: an astounding magical mystery for all the family

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The mind blowing magical spectacular that is Impossible has returned to Noel Coward Theatre for a limited period until 27th August 2016. 

Samm Abbott went along to an early performance for What’s On London and, despite getting dragged up on stage, enjoyed herself immensely.  Despite being slightly gimmicky at times, with some of the world’s best illusionists, conjurers, escapologists, mind readers and magicians on stage, this family-friendly event is destined to astound.

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Category: Comedy
L-R Noma Dumezweni (Hermione Granger), Jamie Parker (Harry Potter) and Paul Thornley (Ron 
Weasley). Photo by Manuel Harlan
L-R Noma Dumezweni (Hermione Granger), Jamie Parker (Harry Potter) and Paul Thornley (Ron Weasley). Photo by Manuel Harlan

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Stupendous proof that J.K. is still rollin’

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Sold out until December 2017, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has proved a huge success even before the reviews started rolling in – and with very good reason.   A further 250,000 tickets will be released on Thursday 4th August and What’s On London cannot recommend enough snapping them up while you can.  

This superb J.K. Rowling / Jack Thorne / John Tiffany two-part collaboration officially opened on 30th July at The Palace Theatre and Shannon Rawlins was lucky enough to catch the previews on consecutive nights earlier on in the week.  She reports below in a spoiler-free review.

As soon as the play opened, it was full steam ahead.  Packed from the get-go, I forgot I was flying solo at the theatre, completely and utterly immersed in Rowling’s universe.  Initially nervous at the thought of a five-hour play, by the end of Part One I dreaded having to wait a whole day to see the culminating part!

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Category: Theatre
Whistlestop theatre

Whistlestop Theatre Company’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Just five minutes walk from Old Street station, I stepped off Pitfield St down the steps into the Courtyard Theatre. Down into a mystical underground world I delved, where I would soon encounter fairies and magic. After a drink in the moodily lit bar, and having read some of the book pages used as wall-paper, I took my seat in the auditorium, while ethereal music played.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is often talked about as Shakespeare’s greatest comedy. It has all the necessary ingredients; love, mistaken identity, magic and the patriarchy inverted. You could say that such an accolade puts pressure on the theatre company performing it, especially a new group like Whistlestop. However, their adaptation of this classic had me at times smiling, regularly chuckling and very often laughing uncontrollably.

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Category: Theatre
Brit Movie Tours
Brit Movie Tours

The Number One Muggle Tour: See the magic of Harry Potter on the streets of London

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Brit Movie’s Harry Potter themed tour of London film locations is a charming and interesting tour experience. For Harry Potter enthusiasts the tour provides the opportunity to visit and view several film locations dotted around London, such as the Millennium Bridge, the exterior of the Leaky Cauldron and Grimmauld Place, culminating where else, but King’s Cross Station and Platform 9¾. Though the tour was well organised, informative and to an extent entertaining, at its end you’re left wanting more. That’s not because you want more, but because you expected more.

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Category: Hidden London
Afraid of the Dark (Charing Cross Theatre)
Afraid of the Dark (Charing Cross Theatre)

Afraid of the Dark: Not the fright of your life, but still a good scare

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What scares you the most when the lights go out? Afraid of the Dark promises to paralyse the audience with fear. Everyone is afraid of something, and this production hopes to exploit that very fear. But for all the promotional hype of a terrorising play, Afraid of the Dark, just falls short of the mark.

The plot of the production centres on the character of Henry Charlier, a vaudeville performer known as ‘the master of terror.’ By the 1950s Charlier’s shows are in decline, as audiences are more interested in motion pictures than live theatre. But one day when Charlier turns up at the offices of a B-movie studio, apparently to play the part in a movie that was subsequently shut down due to budget-cuts; it appears that he might be the ailing studio’s unlikely sinister saviour.

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Category: Theatre
Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio Tour
Harry Potter Studio Tour Entrance

Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio Tour: Where the magic of the movies comes to life.

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On entering the Harry Potter Studio Tour, one thought comes immediately to mind, can the Leavesden studio bring the magic of the movies to life? The answer is quite simply, yes, and in quite a spectacular style. From the moment you enter the studio through the Great Hall, you immediately find yourself immersed, and transported into the magical world of Harry Potter. The tour is not just a behind-the-scenes look at how the films were created, it’s a full inside-the-scenes, access all areas type of tour.

The magic of the movies not only comes to life, but it’s exhibited in such a way that you can touch, feel, and taste the magic, of the much loved motion picture. The tour very much gives you a hands on-experience of Harry’s world; you’re able to walk across the stone floor of the Great Hall, and the cobbles of Diagon Alley, and there’s even the chance to explore Dumbledore’s Hogwarts office.

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Category: Kids