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JK Rowling's Stage Production 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' Is Coming to Melbourne

Break out the butterbeer — the acclaimed West End play will make its way to Australia in 2019.
By Lauren Vadnjal
October 24, 2017
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JK Rowling's Stage Production 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' Is Coming to Melbourne

Break out the butterbeer — the acclaimed West End play will make its way to Australia in 2019.
By Lauren Vadnjal
October 24, 2017
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When JK Rowling dropped those last terrible three words on us at the close of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, all was not well. It would never be well without Harry, Ron, Hermione fighting the Dark Lord in a series of fantastical and wholly engrossing scenarios. But little did we know, this would not be the end of the Age of Harry Potter. Thanks to the internet and the sheer demand for all things HP, Harry has lived on through new books, fan website Pottermore, film spinoff trilogy Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a series of film screenings accompanied by a live orchestra and all manner of pop-ups around the world.

But one of the biggest things to come of the post-Harry Potter era has been Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, JK Rowling's West End play that's essentially the eighth book in the series. And now — are you ready for it, muggles? — producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender have announced that the acclaimed play will be making its way to Australia in early 2019.

Harry Potter fandom aside, it's something all theatre-goers can get excited about. Since debuting in July 2016 the production has won 22 awards and has repeatedly sold out at London's Palace Theatre. It will head to Broadway next year, before gracing Melbourne's Princess Theatre in early 2019.

So what exactly is The Cursed Child about? Well, it picks up 19 years after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and that abominably cheery epilogue on Platform 9 3/4. Harry is now an overworked Ministry of Magic employee, and the play focuses on both him and his youngest son Albus Severus Potter as they grapple with the past and future. The production is presented in two parts, so you'll have to book into two performances, either on the same day (matinee and evening) or on consecutive evenings.

Update, June 27,  2018: It was announced this morning that tickets for the Australian premiere of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will go on sale at 9am (AEST) on Monday, August 6, 2018 via harrypottertheplay.com. Muggles can also follow that link to join the mailing list and receive priority booking access.

The dates for the show, which will be shown exclusively in Melbourne at the Princess Theatre, have also been released, with preview performances running from January 16, 2019 to February 22, 2019 and regular performances running from February 25, 2019. Ticket prices will range between $65–175, with 40 seats priced at $40 released for every performance, too. For more information about the cheap ticket initiative, full dates and cast announcement keep an eye on the website.

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Image: Manuel Harlan. By Lauren Vadnjal and Nita Fredricks. 

Published on October 24, 2017 by Lauren Vadnjal

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