Playing Scorpius Malfoy, son of everyone’s favourite Harry Potter bad boy Draco Malfoy, is RWCMD 2016 Acting graduate Anthony Boyle.
The play opened at London’s Palace Theatre to five star reviews from critics and audiences alike.
“The play might be called Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, but Scorpius Malfoy and the Stolen Show could be a more fitting title. It’s Harry’s name outside of the theatre, but Anthony Boyle, the young star playing Draco Malfoy’s son, is the name on everybody’s lips.”
The Evening Standard
Anthony was cast in the role earlier this year when he was in his final year at Royal Welsh College.
He told us how his experience at RWCMD prepared him for the vhallenge:
Day one of rehearsals and, script in hand, we start with a scene I’m in. Over 150 cast, crew and creatives watching. John Tiffany, the director, says go.
– Rewind to two and a half years ago and my first day at Royal Welsh College: Improvisation class, and the everlasting words of our drama tutor Jamie Garven, “don’t invent, don’t deny”. Mask work: leaving any ego at the door and letting your mind and body be taken over by something other. The EYA’s (End of Year Assessments) giving me confidence in what I can bring to the table as an artist and a creator. The Shakespeare Project in the second year, and the acting oracle Patrica Logue giving me the technical ability I need to fill a 1500 seat theatre with colour and clarity. Third year and working with industry professionals, at the top of the game but having the comfort and protection of drama school to make mistakes. –
Day one of rehearsals and, script in hand, we start with a scene I’m in. Over 150 cast, crew and creatives watching. The director says go. I was ready.
And here are some key moments from his time at RWCMD:
A costume drawing for Anthony’s Character in ‘In Arabia We’d All Be Kings’, Autumn 2015 by Fin Redshaw
Above and below: Anthony in Mojo at RWCMD, Spring 2016
Below: The Taming of The Shrew with Richard Burton Company @RWCMD, Spring 2016
Anthony’s ‘Showcase’ monologue, Spring 2016. (Warning: contains explicit language)
The Cursed Child has already received huge critical acclaim:
— Standard Going Out (@ESgoingout) July 30, 2016
“Of all the performances the most layered and absorbing comes from relative newcomer Anthony Boyle as Scorpius, who’s surely set to be a fan favourite.” The Evening Standard
“Anthony Boyle as Scorpius is the standout. He exudes depth, wit and easy charm, with a bubble of darkness underneath it all.” DigitalSpy.com
“Boyle gives a career-making performance as Scorpius, turning him into an Eeyorish figure of deep pessismism and profound bravery” Whatsonstage.com
Anthony Boyle’s Awards
- Nominated for the Evening Standard Theatre Awards – Emerging Talent Award
- Winner of Critics Circle Award – Most Promising Newcomer
- Winner of What’s On Stage Award – Best Supporting Actor in a Play
- Winner of Olivier Awards – Best Actor in a Supporting Role