‘Harry Potter’ in Hamburg: Early Winter Tickets on Sale | NDR.de – Culture

Status: 04/28/2022 12:14 PM

The play “Harry Potter and the Enchanted Child” was a hit at Mehr Theatre! in Hamburg. Pre-sales for the new season that began in November begin at 12 noon. interim report.

by Annette Matz

So far, more than 100,000 spectators have attended the “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” performances in Hamburg. Tickets for the new season from November 2022 to the end of March 2023 are now on sale in advance.

Just break five wands


Professionals keep fit through sports for a program that requires physical effort on stage. Among other things with yoga.

With “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” only five sticks have crashed since its premiere last December. Stunning: Because there’s a breathless turmoil on stage. The group should be suitable for everyone. A warm-up before each performance is mandatory and has it all. “Sports is very important in relation to this show because it is so stressful for what we do here at eight shows a week,” says movement leader Felicitas Bauer as he flies over the dance numbers.

The term “warm up” is almost a bit of an understatement for these strenuous exercises. Strength training, fitness and yoga are mandatory before each performance – for all 36 reps. Always. “This is how you get together before a show and create a sense of togetherness. In this show, you have to come together. And you can do it in the warm-up period,” says colleague Benjamin Merkel.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: There is no magic without timing

Two young actors in the Harry Potter musical, a young woman with long dark hair and a young man standing in front of a brick wall: movement of Captain Felicitas Bauer and Benjamin Merkel (left to right).  © NDR / Annette Matz Photo: Annette Matz

Movement leaders Felicitas Bauer and Benjamin Merkel are keeping their colleagues fit.

Merkel adds that soap operas need a high level of focus. Anyone who was there signs it on the spot. Actions on stage are fast, precise, uninterrupted, almost breathless, many changes in costumes and without proper timing – no charm. Everything must fit.

There is also yoga so that the actors can mentally follow the long performances. “Learn to focus your mind on something and let go of external circumstances, and really focus on one thing.” Special focus is required for this presentation. Merkel says yoga is great for doing this.

The two movement trainers are also included in the piece themselves. Felicitas Power as the wonderful witch Polly Chapman, who comes to Hogwarth in the same year as Harry Potter’s son. And Benjamin Merkel is a “swing”: he says he is a jack of all trades, so to speak. He knows many roles from the set, including small supporting roles, and therefore can “replace everything that you can do on stage. I am also a substitute for Scorpius.”

Of course, there is always a certain amount of stress. After all, you never know what to expect, but it never gets boring that way. Even during the Corona period, the actors met via a video call for fitness training. Until the rehearsals finally started again.

Develop maintenance 560 fashion in dowry! theater in hamburg

Backstage in the fashion department: Hermine Fashion © NDR / Annette Matz Photo: Annette Matz

BEHIND THE SCENES IN THE FASHION DEPARTMENT: This precious Hermione piece is just one of 560 costumes, 60 heads, and 100 different wigs.

Almost every day, many of the 560 costumes are heated, 100 different wigs are designed, and 60 magical cloaks are protected. Tickets are expensive: from less than €100 to around €280 in row 4 at the booths – depending on the time of departure. This has also shocked some viewers, but seems to deter very few viewers. In the end, according to the audience, the five-hour performance was worth the money: “It cost something, but overall it was worth it. You can see that it was very detailed: the costumes, the actors, there is a lot behind that,” says one happy visitor.

The public travels from Görlitz, from Thuringia, from Mainz, from Frankfurt, from Bavaria, from Brandenburg, from Dresden. Some have finally redeemed their 2019 Christmas present, and many have had to leave tickets they bought in a drawer for two years because the theater was closed during the pandemic. Maybe that’s why the audience’s glasses turn a little pink with the relief that she’s finally there.

After the performance there is certainly enthusiasm – especially among those who had direct contact with “The Lord” (whose name must not be mentioned). A visitor enthusiastically recounts: “The whole place was like magic. We sat in the front row, that was especially exciting.” One experienced every detail there in a particularly impressive way and brought out the waters from the stage. “And then Voldemort overtook you, that was impressive!

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