Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will officially open at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre this Saturday with a red carpet gala to mark its Australian premiere, after a lengthy preview season.
Melbourne is the third city worldwide to welcome the play, which is presented in two parts and is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series.
Production images of the multi-award-winning theatrical event have been released giving audiences a first official look at the play in its new Australian home.
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The Australian cast features Gareth Reeves as Harry Potter, Lucy Goleby as his wife Ginny Potter and Sean Rees-Wemyss as their son Albus Potter; Gyton Grantley as Ron Weasley, Paula Arundell as Hermione Granger and Manali Datar as their daughter Rose Granger-Weasley; Tom Wren as Draco Malfoy and William McKenna as his son Scorpius Malfoy.
The play is based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, and is about the later life of its title wizard.
It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.
While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the most awarded play in theatre history. It has won 24 major theatre awards in the UK and 25 in the US. It opened in London in July 2016 winning a record-breaking nine Olivier Awards including Best New Play and Best Director and made its Broadway premiere in April 2018 winning six Tony Awards including Best Play and Best Director of a Play.
For more information and for tickets, visit: HarryPotterThePlay.com.