Lucky fans of Harry Potter have given rave reviews to a new stage show.

Hundreds of fans turned out to see the first part Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the London’s Palace Theatre, a show directed by a Meltham man.

The preview marked the first time a Harry Potter story has been presented on stage.

Part two will get its first outing on Thursday night. The show does not have its official opening until July 30.

Audience members were given badges asking them to “keep the secrets” as they left the theatre, but that hasn’t stopped them from teasing what’s to come on social media.

The play is directed by John Tiffany and got a glowing response from those that got to see it.

Director John Tiffany

The play, written by Jack Thorne, is set 19 years after the seventh and final book in the series by JK Rowling.

It picks up after the Deathly Hallows epilogue, showing Harry as “an overworked” employee at the Ministry of Magic.

Potter creator JK Rowling asked fans to keep quiet and not share any spoilers, but she seemed pleased with everyone’s reactions along with the cast.

Fans took to twitter to voice their reactions.

Jamie Parker, Noma Dumezweni and Paul Thornley who play Harry, Hermione and Ron in the Harry Potter And The Cursed Child stage play

Tiffany, who won awards for the musical Once and the plays Black Watch and Let The Right One In, is working on The Cursed Child with choreographer Steven Hoggett and set designer Christine Jones.

Tiffany, 45, was born in Marsden and moved to Meltham as a boy when his mother got a job there as a district nurse.

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He has been described by critics as both “a breath of fresh air” and “a scruffy Yorkshire lad.”

He inherited his love of the arts from his parents Margaret and Neil. Margaret was involved with amateur dramatics in Marsden and Neil played in Marsden Silver Prize Brass Band. John got involved at an early age, playing the lead role in Oliver! at Huddersfield Town Hall at the tender age of 10, and was a member of Huddersfield Choral Society Youth Choir for many years.