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Touts selling tickets to see Belfast star for £8,000 in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

By Staff Reporter

Published 16/08/2016

Anthony Boyle
Anthony Boyle
Absorbing: Anthony Boyle
With Alex Price (Draco Malfoy)

Touts are selling tickets to a new Harry Potter play starring Belfast actor Anthony Boyle for more than £8,300 online.

And now young fans buying the tickets to see hit West End production Harry Potter and the Cursed Child could be turned away from theatre doors.

Anthony Boyle (22), from Poleglass in the west of the city, won his big break this year when it was announced he had secured the role of Scorpius Malfoy, son of Draco Malfoy.

Before the show opened last month, Potter author JK Rowling paid tribute to Poleglass actor Boyle, declaring that Scorpius would "do nothing to turn girls off the Malfoy men".

Theatre critic Henry Hitchings singled out the young star as having "the most layered and absorbing" of all the performances.

But the sell-out play, which stars Jamie Parker as Harry Potter, has become a victim of its own success, with secondary ticketing websites imposing a massive mark-up.

The most expensive seat is at the Palace, where the play is showing in London is £140.

But just to see part two of the play next March will set fans back an eye-watering £8,327.19 using online ticket marketplace Viagogo - 60 times the original asking price.

StubHub - owned by eBay - offers the chance to see both parts next April for a mere £4,999.

Last week, 250,000 tickets for the show, which runs until December 2017, sold out on the day.

Now the furious play producers - Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender - are taking action.

"The secondary ticket market is an industry-wide plague, and one which we as producers take very seriously," they said.

"Our priority is to protect all our customers and we are doing all we can to combat this issue.

"We have already been able to identify, and refuse entry, to a significant number of people who purchased tickets through resale sites and will continue to track down touts and refuse entry to anyone who has knowingly bought a ticket from a tout through the secondary market."

Around 60 bookings made using unofficial tickets are understood to have been declined.

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