Harry Potter and the Cursed Child comes to Melbourne

Muggles rejoice! A Harry Potter play is coming to Australia — and it’s exclusive to Melbourne.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is an official sequel to the much-loved books, co-written by author J.K Rowling. It picks up the story of Harry and his friends 19 years later, when they’re struggling with the difficulties of being magical parents to rebellious, wizarding teenagers.

Harry is now an overworked employee at the Ministry of Magic, while his youngest son Albus struggles to live up to his legacy. Past and future soon collide in surprising ways.

Until now, Cursed Child has only been performed in London, where it won a record-breaking nine awards at this year’s Olivier Awards. In fact, it’s so good, you’ll have to see it twice. The play is split into two parts, which you should plan to see on the same day.

A Broadway season is in the works for next year. But producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender have revealed it will open in Melbourne’s Princess Theatre for an Australian Exclusive season in early 2019.

“The Harry Potter stories have millions of fans across the globe, and so we’re very happy and proud that we’re able to bring our beautiful production to Australia, where we know a whole new audience will experience the eighth story. Melbourne is a fantastic city with such wonderful culture and heritage, and so we’re thrilled that the gorgeous Princess Theatre will be Cursed Child’s next home,” the producers said.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews is similarly delighted.

“Exclusive to our region, this award-winning production will arrive in Victoria after its world premiere in London’s West End and a highly anticipated opening on Broadway,” Andrews said.

“To secure a production of this calibre is a testament to Melbourne’s standing as an arts and cultural capital and leading global city for theatre. We encourage all Victorians, and our friends from across the country, Asia and the world, to join us in welcoming Harry Potter and the Cursed Child to Melbourne.”

Tickets sales and prices will be announced soon, along with casting details (via the Sorting Hat, presumably). We’ll be keeping an eye on the story as it unfolds.

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