Sonia Freedman Productions have today announced the new cast for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

The first major cast change for the multi-nominated Olivier production will star Waterloo Road’s Jamie Glover as Harry Potter with Emma Lowndes playing his wife Ginny Potter and Theo Ancient, who makes his stage debut, playing their son Albus Potter.

Thomas Aldridge will play Ron Weasley with Rakie Ayola as Hermione Granger and Helen Aluko as their daughter Rose Granger-Weasley. James Howard will play Draco Malfoy with Samuel Blenkin, also making his stage debut, playing his son Scorpius Malfoy.

Glover is best known for playing Andrew Treneman in BBC series Waterloo Road. He was last on stage in What’s in a Name? for Birmingham Rep. His West End credits include Noises Off (Old Vic/Novello), The Chalk Garden (Donmar), The Invention of Love ( Haymarket).

Emma Lowndes’ extensive television work includes Bella Gregson in Cranford, Mary Rivers in Jane Eyre and Margie Drewe in Downton Abbey. Her theatre credits include Children of the Sun and Thérèse Raquin for the National Theatre; and, The Accrington Pals, Port, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice and The Seagull for the Royal Exchange Theatre.

Thomas Aldridge (Ron Weasley) is currently appearing in Les Misérables (Queen’s Theatre). His previous theatre credits include Made in Dagenham (Adelphi Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Taming of the Shrew (Open Air Theatre Regent’s Park) and High Society (Shaftesbury Theatre).

Rakie Ayola (Hermione Granger) theatre credits include The Rest of Your Life (Bush Theatre), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Apollo Theatre), Dido Queen of Carthage (Globe Theatre), The Winter’s Tale for the Royal Shakespeare Company and Welcome to Thebes for the National Theatre.

James Howard (Draco Malfoy) is an original member of the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child company. His previous theatre credits include Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It, Mojo, King Lear and Morte D’Arthur for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Twelfth Night and Ivanov for Donmar Warehouse and The Duchess of Malfi (National Theatre).

Earlier this month it was announced that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was nominated for a record-breaking eleven Olivier awards, making it the most nominated new play in Olivier history.

The new cast will begin their performances at the Palace Theatre on 24 May 2017.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is currently booking performances through to 29 April 2018.