Header Image: The Australian company of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Photo by Matt Murphy
2020 proved to be a tough year for the Australian (and worldwide) performing arts industries, as COVID-19 necessitated shutdowns of virtually all venues. After all, with a virus as transmissible as the coronavirus, during its peak, an indoor venue with people from various communities ran the risk of being a breeding ground for new cases. But after 49 weeks, another major production is returning to Melbourne’s Princess Theatre in the form of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Performances have commenced as of this evening.
Performances may be hard to get into initially, given the number of rescheduled tickets that the producers have had to arrange for those booked during the 2020 season. However, at 11am on Friday 12 March 2021, tickets will go on-sale for performances from Thursday 26 August 2021 through to Sunday 3 October 2021. Tickets for these performances (and all future performances) can be booked by clicking HERE.
For those who are waiting for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child to travel interstate, the producers have reinforced that Melbourne will be the exclusive host-city for the production.
The Australian cast for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child includes Gareth Reeves as Harry Potter, Lucy Goleby as Ginny Potter, Sean Rees-Wemyss as Albus Potter, Paula Arundell as Hermione Granger, Michael Whalley as Ron Weasley, Manali Datar as Rose Granger-Weasley, Tom Wren as Draco Malfoy, and Nyx Calder as Scorpius Malfoy. They are joined on-stage by an extensive cast of ensemble performers and stage magic that I am not sure isn’t actual magic…
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter franchise and the first official tale to be presented on a format outside of novel or film. The play was created by Jack Thorne together with J.K. Rowling and direction by John Tiffany. It is split up into two parts, and are intended to be seen in order on the same day (matinee and evening) or on two consecutive evenings. The Australian performance schedule is below, which each part priced from $65.00 – although better seating reserves will be considerably more expensive.
The regular performance schedule (excluding variations due to public holidays) will be:
Monday – no performance
Tuesday – no performance
Wednesday – 2:00 PM Part One & 7:30 PM Part Two
Thursday – 7:30 PM Part One
Friday – 7:30 PM Part Two
Saturday – 2:00 PM Part One & 7:30 PM Part Two
Sunday – 2:00 PM Part One & 7:30 PM Part Two