Harry Potter and the Cursed Child went on presale in August with over $25 million spent on approximately 200,000 tickets in the first four days. The brand is so strong, holding such a special place in an entire generation’s heart and Australian audiences are still flocking to secure tickets to this award winning show.
Today, we meet the premiere cast for what is evidently one of the largest theatrical events to hit Australia in recent history, and what a cast!
The eighth story in the series penned by J. K. Rowling (and the only to be presented on the stage), Harry Potter and The Cursed Child takes place 19 years after the chaotic events of the final novel; Harry is all grown up and is now an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children. While Harry continues to grapple with his past, his youngest son Albus is struggling with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted.
The Australian premiere cast will feature Gareth Reeves (War Horse, August: Osage County) as Harry Potter, Paula Arundell (The Bleeding Tree, A Midsummer Nights Dream) as Hermione Granger, Gyton Grantley (Underbelly, South Pacific) as Ron Weasley, Lucy Goleby (Antony and Cleopatra) as Ginny Potter, Sean Rees-Wemyss (Nowhere Boys) as Albus Potter, Tom Wren (Winners and Losers) as Draco Malfoy and William McKenna (Nowhere Boys) as Scorpius Malfoy.
They are joined by Iopu Auva’a, Damien Avery, Mike Bishop, Simon Chandler, Clare Chihambakwe, Louis Corbett, Gillian Cosgriff, Manali Datar, Mark Dickinson, Lyndall Grant, George Henare, Soren Jensen, Hamish Johnston, Madeleine Jones, Amanda LaBonté, Debra Lawrance, Kuda Mapeza, Kirsty Marillier, Cle Morgan, James O’Connell, David Paterson, John Shearman, David Simes, Hayden Spencer, Slone Sudiro, Connor Sweeney, Jessica Vickers, Hannah Waterman, playing a variety of characters. The cast will also include seven children who will alternate two roles.
Director John Tiffany said: “Our Cursed Child family has just got a whole lot bigger. Everyone involved in our show is so excited and proud to be working with this incredibly gifted new Australian company; during the casting process we saw an extraordinary breadth and range of talent from all across Australia and New Zealand and I think audiences are going to be blown away. I’ve worked in both Melbourne and Sydney a few times now and have always been inspired by the actors I’ve worked with – I can’t wait to see what they bring to the Cursed Child.”
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is one play presented in two Parts, which are intended to be seen in order on the same day (matinee and evening) or on two consecutive evenings.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will open exclusively Melbourne with preview performances from Wednesday January 16, 2019 at the Princess Theatre. Tickets are now on sale via HarryPotterThePlay.com. The production is expected to run for a number of years.
Featured Image: The Australian cast of Harry Potter and Cursed Child at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre; L-R: Tom Wren (Draco Malfoy), Gareth Reeves (Harry Potter), Lucy Goleby (Ginny Weasley), Sean Rees-Wemyss (Albus Potter), William McKenna (Scorpius Malfoy), Paula Arundell (Hermione Granger), Gyton Grantley (Ron Weasley). Photographer: Ben King