After four and a half years and 1,235 performances across the two-part and single-part instalments, the Australian production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has concluded. Australian producer Michael Cassel Group has ended their long-running production, which was always meant to be a Melbourne exclusive, in the Princess Theatre which was renovated with the show in mind.
Here’s hoping that this will not be a “once-in-a-lifetime” production, and that through some means, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will return to Australia – even if years or decades from now. It is a production that I will never forget seeing, from its unique stagecraft to amazing Australian casts.
Over the last few weeks, the producers have shared a number of tributes and highlights from the production – from its earliest days to its final performance, which you can see for yourself below.
First launching in February 2019 as the two-part, 4-act epic, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child experienced sales which on launch day saw not thousands but tens of thousands waiting in virtual queues to enjoy the first months of performances. The production weathered the impacts posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, and after many, many postponements during the peak of the pandemic, was the first production globally to open back up.