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Stage: “Harry Potter” play becomes more compact

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The play “Harry Potter and the Enchanted Child” has been enchanting its visitors in Hamburg for almost a year. Now the magical event has been changed.

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Anyone who wanted to see the play “Harry Potter and the Enchanted Child” in Hamburg previously had to plan a lot of time. The story by JK Rowling about the adult sorcerer’s apprentice and his son was divided into two parts lasting several hours in the Mehr! Theater at the wholesale market. In future, the magical experience will cost less time and money. “We decided to switch to a compact one-piece. So to a piece that consists of two acts – with a break in between,” said producer Maik Klokow of the German Press Agency in Hamburg. The audience can then see it like any other play in an afternoon or in an evening.

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“That’s a clear simplification for the audience,” says Klokow. An additional advantage for the production is that significantly more shows can be played. Because the demand is still huge. “Last month we had an occupancy rate of 98 percent. We can now reach twice as many people with the compact staging.” The changes are also a consequence of visitor surveys, which were challenged by the logistical preparations, among other things.

Eight shows planned per week

The show with two parts will be on January 8th for the last time. The premiere for the more compact piece is planned for February 19th, the previews start on February 9th.

With the changeover, the tickets will also be significantly cheaper. “The entry-level price will be EUR 59.90. We think that’s affordable for everyone.” So far, apart from special offers, at least 99.90 euros have been due.

Eight shows per week are planned in the future, twice as many as before. Advance sales started on Thursday. The compact version is already being shown in the USA, Japan, Canada and Australia.

Source: Stern

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