Initial Australian Cast of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’s Magic Reimagined Version Announced

Whether you are a purist loathing that the original four-act experience is being cut in half, or are excited that the barrier to seeing the show is much lower, what we do know is that come May 2022, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will look very different in Australia – with the opening of the show’s two-act, ‘Magic Reimagined’ version, which originally debuted on Broadway. With the final performance of the original version concluding a month from today, questions are afloat about who will be portraying whom once the new version commences. Michael Cassel Group, Sonia Friedman Productions, Colin Callender and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions has confirmed a cast list comprising of familiar faces and newcomers to the production.

Returning performers include Gareth Reeves as Harry Potter, Paula Arundell as Hermione Granger, Michael Whalley as Ron Weasley, Lucy Goleby as Ginny Potter, Ben Walter as Albus Potter, Nyx Calder as Scorpius Malfoy, Aisha Aidara as Rose Granger-Weasley/Young Hermione and Jessica Vickers as Delphi Diggory.

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2021 Australian cast of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Photo Credit Daniel Boud

The veterans will be joined on-stage by newcomers including Lachlan Woods as Draco Malfoy. The reimagined production will also debut all-new magical aerialist performers Bailey Nathan-ParkBritney UnmackDaniel Price and Brooke MacRae. Seven new ensemble members and swings will be joining the Australian company, including Guy LangfordJeremiah WrayAndy ConaghanShannon FoleyEffie NkrumahTamara Bailey, and Mark Doggett.

The company will be completed by Michael BaniGeorge HenareDavid Ross PatersonNatasha HerbertTom RussellAxel DuffyAbdul Min MuhaiminMatt HollyHannah FredericksenLuke ClaysonNaomi RukavinaKatie-Jean HardingDamien AveryConnor SweeneyHarrison Riley and Gabriella Barbagallo – for a total of 36 performers.

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2021 Australian cast of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Photo Credit Daniel Boud

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter canon and the first Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. Based on an original new story by J.K. RowlingJack Thorne and John TiffanyHarry Potter and the Cursed Child is a play by Jack Thorne, directed by John Tiffany. The show features movement by Steven Hoggett, set by Christine Jones, costumes by Katrina Lindsay, music & arrangements by Imogen Heap, lighting by Neil Austin, sound by Gareth Fry, illusions & magic by Jamie Harrison and music supervision & arrangements by Martin Lowe. International Casting Consultant is Jim Carnahan (CSA) and Australian casting by Janine Snape (CGA).

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child remains a fixture at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre, with no indication towards it ever touring to any other Australian state in the future.

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