Drawing: Anthony Boyle as Scorpius Malfoy

Anthony Boyle

Little-known Belfast-born actor Anthony Boyle has become the talk of the town after the early wave of reviews flowed in for HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD, PARTS ONE AND TWO. Critics agree that J.K.Rowling’s blockbusting Potter play at the Palace Theatre is a spectacular and stunning production. They are equally unanimous that while the 42 cast members are excellent, one particular character steals the show – Scorpius Malfoy, played by Anthony in his first major role. Henry Hutchings in the Evening Standard described his portrayal as “the most layered and absorbing of all the performances”.

Potter pundits would expect that the son of Draco Malfoy must spell trouble, but the gawky, book-reading, fish out of water with brilliant comic timing, quickly befriends Albus Potter, Harry’s son at Hogwarts as they make their way in the wizarding world. The 22 year-old Anthony, not long out of the the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama has gained a small amount of stage time in his home town and a  minor role in the GAME OF THRONES before his breakout star turn debut on the West End.

I managed to catch up with the amiable young actor at the extremely busy stage door as he quickly slipped out for some nourishment between the matinee PART ONE matinee and the evening’s PART TWO at the World Premiere gala performances on Saturday and he was more than happy to sign this sketch.

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