VisitEngland has declared 2017 the ‘Year of Literary Heroes’, with the 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen, the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter, and the 75th anniversary of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five to name a few literary landmarks in the calendar. It’s a big year for the world’s biggest stories and the Georgian House simply can’t wait to celebrate.
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Harry Potter lovers can now visit the Warner Bros Studio Tour London for an in-depth look at the studio and set used for the Harry Potter movies. Throughout the guests will have the chance to see many different parts of the movie set, listen to how they were built and created and their significance to the movie as well as interact with a variety of costumes and props. During the tour you will find the Great Hall, Diagon Alley, the Ministry of Magic, Dumledore’s Office, the Gryffindor Common Room, and many other sets that were featured in the movies.
Top tip: Book our Harry Potter Package which includes an amazing visit to the Harry Potter Tour and a stay in our magical Wizard Chambers.
Fun fact: The guided tour takes around 3 hours and the studios welcome up to 5,000 guests a day.
The secret finally got out this month that it’s not over for the Potter fans that were left devastated when the movie phenomenon came to a dramatic end. The very much anticipated theatre production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is in fact a following episode of the epic series and we simply could not be more excited! The two-part stage play is set to be open to muggles in July next year at the Palace Theatre, London and even though the official synopsis leaves us guessing, we know it’s going to be spectacular.
The Wizard Chambers and The Enchanted Chambers at the Georgian House
It’s been 15 years since the release of the first movie, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Feel old yet? As hard as it is to believe that it’s been so long since Harry, Ron and Hermione met on the Hogwarts Express with no idea what adventures were ahead of them, Warner Brothers are not letting the anniversary go unnoticed. The Studio Tour based in Leavesden is not only celebrating the notable event, but also preparing for the winter season with all your favourite festivities and themed activities alongside hosting special screenings of the newly released film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Here’s what they’re getting up to this season!
There’s nothing quite like London’s West End. It’s iconic, it’s exciting and there’s always something happening. It is particularly well-known for its excellent shopping, buzzing night-life and fascinating museums and galleries, but the most famous feature about this part of the city is the theatre scene. In ‘Theatreland’ there are around 40 stages ready to entertain audiences with musicals, comedies, plays and dance performances and this year has to be one of the most dynamic years yet! With the huge range of shows ready to raise the roof every day and night, there’s something for everyone and you are guaranteed a memorable experience. So let’s get to it, what are this year’s hottest tickets you need to get?
“The eighth story. Nineteen years later.” Yes, we’re going to kick this off with simply THE most anticipated theatre performance of the year and a must for all the Hogwarts-heads out there. Your favourite characters from the wizarding world are back for another adventure as Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is ready to take you on a magical journey, years on from the last epic story Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Currently at the Palace Theatre, the show is being previewed before it officially opens on the eve of The Boy Who Lived’s birthday and we just can’t wait to hear more about the show, as it’s all being kept very secret until the big day! The new story follows Harry Potter and his son, Albus, as they both struggle to live a normal wizard life with such a significant family history, after Harry battled and defeated the Dark Lord Voldemort when he was just a teenager. The official synopsis of the play leaves us guessing, as we expect Harry’s dark past to return to haunt his family. The performance will be shown in two parts either to be seen one after the other or on two consecutive nights, so prepare yourself for a hefty dose of magic madness that you will never forget! The cast has been announced and news about the previews is starting to emerge, leaving us gasping to know more but if you cannot wait, tickets are available via the official site. If you followed Harry through his exciting and daring adventure right from the beginning, you won’t want to miss this.
Another fabulous new entry everyone’s talking about is a Disney classic that we all remember and love from the 90s for its lovable characters and colourful story. At the Prince Edward Theatre, be transported into ‘A Whole New World’ with the award-nominated production, Aladdin. The popular tale of lovebirds Aladdin and Princess Jasmine takes a form you’ve never seen before and is set to be an absolute delight; with all of your sing-along songs performed with fantastic costume, setting design and special effects. Aladdin lives a difficult life on the streets scavenging around for scraps of food and Princess Jasmine is desperate to break away from the suffocating high walls of the palace. When the two meet and Aladdin saves Jasmine’s life, they instantly fall in love and of course, there are dangerous consequences ahead of the couple. Also featuring the famous shape-shifting Genie, it could be time to ask him for your three wishes… one of course being tickets to arrive at your doorstep on a magic carpet.
Now it’s time to add a bit of ‘sass’ to this blog and give mention to one of the quirkiest, heart-warming and feel-good shows in the West End. Described as dazzling, uplifting and glamorous, Kinky Boots is yet another new production that’s bringing endless glitter to the stage with bright costumes, excellent choreography and a good laugh. Set in Northampton, the story follows Charlie who takes on the family ‘Price & Son’ shoe factory business that’s unfortunately on the verge of bankruptcy and with a dis-heartened workforce. Charlie meets Lola, a drag queen who helps him to convince his employees that there is a strong need for high-heeled boots worn by drag performers. With the ultimate goal of a fashion show in Milan, Kinky Boots goes on to entertain you as the all-new shoe factory faces up to its dreams and is saved from ruin. The musical is not only bursting with energy, comedy and fun, it also demonstrates the importance of acceptance, solidarity and friendship, offering an all-round feel-good experience and leaving you wanting a pair of high-heeled red boots!
Lastly, we cannot forget the long-time-running performances that are still bringing us joy to this day. Across the West End you’ll see Mamma Mia, Wicked, The Lion King, Phantom of the Opera plus so many more that are guaranteed not to disappoint you and should certainly not be missed! 2016 really is the year of theatre and we cannot wait to see what else is waiting in the wings.