Members of the audience at the new Harry Potter play are being told they must arrive an hour early to get through rigorous searches, in a move to stop secret recording.

We're taking security seriously. It's about creating an enjoyable experience.

Production company

Security checks will be taking place at the Palace Theatre. Please aim to arrive one hour before the start time of each performance... No suitcases or large bags (above 41 x 31 x 16cm) will be allowed into the theatre building and there will be no storage space immediately outside.

Play website

Those with tickets for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, are to be banned from bringing items larger than a handbag into the Palace Theatre in Shaftsbury Avenue, the Telegraph reports.

There will also be searches in the interval to prevent leaks of the first new Potter material in the last decade.