Take Five! Spend Your Tea Break with New Harry Potter Jamie Parker

Jamie Parker as Harry Potter, by Charlie Gray

After months of anticipation, the world premiere of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child finally begins previews at the Palace Theatre in the West End this week. The new play is a collaboration between Potter creator J.K. Rowling, playwright Jack Thorne and director John Tiffany, and stars Jamie Parker as Harry Potter, Poppy Miller as Ginny Potter, Sam Clemmett as Albus Potter, Paul Thornley as Ron Weasley, Noma Dumezweni as Hermione Granger, Cherrelle Skeete as Rose Granger-Weasley, Alex Price as Draco Malfoy, Anthony Boyle as Scorpius Malfoy.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn't much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

Jamie Parker originated the role of Scripps in Alan Bennett's The History Boys, and has since has had an illustrious career on stage and screen. He reunited with History Boys castmate Samuel Barnett for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, played numerous Shakespearean roles at the Globe, and has starred in a range of musicals, including High Society at the Old Vic, Guys and Dolls at Chichester and the Savoy, and Assassins at Menier Chocolate Factory. His screen credits include Parade's End and Valkyrie.

In honour of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child's opening, BroadwayWorld invites you to relive some of Jamie Parker's great performances. Take five below!

Henry V at Shakespeare's Globe

Guys and Dolls at Savoy Theatre

The History Boys

High Society at the Old Vic

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at West Yorkshire Playhouse

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