Harry Potter and the Cursed Child prepares its return to the stage

Harry Potter and the Cursed ChildThe Australian production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is preparing to return to the stage in November, in line with the Victorian Government’s Roadmap to Delivering the National Plan.

Tickets are now available for performances from Thursday 18 November, coinciding with the production’s anticipated date of return. Part 1 and Part 2 performances of the landmark production are on sale through to 27 March 2022.

Performances from Wednesday 3 November up to and including Wednesday 17 November will however need to be rescheduled due to ongoing restrictions. Patrons with tickets for these performances will be contacted by the point of purchase as soon as possible.

All future performances will have updated conditions of entry in line with the relevant VIC Government Health Orders. All existing customers will be contacted by Ticketmaster with the updated guidelines, and all new customers will be required to accept the conditions of entry upon purchase.

Supporting Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’s return to the Melbourne stage, Producers Sonia Friedman & Colin Callender stated: “Since our premiere in 2019 the continued support for the Australian production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has been overwhelming,” they said.

“Our committed audiences have often had to rebook multiple times and we thank them for their continued support for the show. As we prepare our return to the stage, we also want to thank our cast and crew, who have weathered the past few months.”

“We can’t wait to be all back in a theatre together, sharing stories, making memories and most all, creating magic for the audiences in Melbourne!” said Friedman & Callender.

The Australian production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child premiered with a red-carpet gala in February 2019 and saw a record-breaking first year of performances, surpassing any previous record set by a stage play in the history of Australian theatre.

An estimated 326,500 people experienced the magic at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre in its first year of performances, with over 50% of audiences travelling from inter or outer state.

Melbourne’s Princess Theatre underwent a $6.5 million transformation to accommodate the incredibly complex set for the immersive and magical play and will unequivocally not play in any other Australian city.

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. The play holds a record 60 major honours, with nine Laurence Olivier Awards including Best New Play and six Tony Awards® including Best New Play and has been seen by over 2 million people worldwide.

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a play by Jack Thorne, directed by John Tiffany.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 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). Executive Producer of the Australian production is Michael Cassel. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, Colin Callender and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions.

For more information about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, visit: www.harrypottertheplay.com for details.

Image: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – photo by Daniel Boud