Melbourne Potterheads have just received the next best thing to a letter from Hogwarts. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is coming exclusively to Melbourne’s Princess Theatre in early 2019. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews made the announcement from Times Square in his Gryffindor house colours, confirming that Melbourne would become the third city in the world to stage the production. “I’m so very pleased to announce that after a world premiere on London’s West End and much anticipated Broadway opening next year, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two, are coming to Melbourne.”
Based on the original eighth story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, the play takes place nineteen years after the events of the original franchise and follows Harry Potter “an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic” and his youngest son Albus Severus Potter who is struggling to cope with the weight of his families legacy while attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Released in July 2016 the script book flew off the shelves, becoming the fastest selling book in Australia since 2007. Coinciding with the release, the play had its opening night at the West End Palace Theatre, London on July 30, 2016, to much acclaim. Since then, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has picked up 22 theatre awards in the United Kingdom including an unprecedented nine British Olivier Awards, the most ever received by a play.
Following its success in the West End, the play will open on Broadway in April 2018 before casting its spell over Australian audiences. “When we embarked on this journey, it was an objective to ensure we could get the production to Australia as soon as logistically possible,” producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender said. “You can’t ever assume a new play is going to have a further life, but we knew that if Harry Potter and the Cursed Child did have a life beyond London and Broadway, that the next stop would be here.”
While Premier Daniel Andrews declined to reveal how many galleons from Gringotts the government paid to outbid Sydney, he did call the process “competitive.” However, he did say the production would boost tourism, jobs, and businesses within Victoria, with Potterheads from interstate and New Zealand expected to hop on their broomsticks to see the show.
Casting details, performance dates, and ticketing information are yet to be released; however, fans can keep up to date at HarryPotterThePlay.com