UPDATED: “Cursed Child” Melbourne Uncloaks New Ron, Scorpius

UPDATE (March 2):

As MuggleNet reported last month, it is estimated that more than 326,500 people have witnessed the magic of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Melbourne during its first year at the Princess Theatre. As such, the production has announced that its record-breaking run has been extended for the seventh time. New tickets will be made available for performances through September 13 and are on sale now at HarryPotterThePlay.com.

In a recent press release, Cursed Child Melbourne stated that Sally Capp, Lord Mayor of Melbourne, unveiled a plaque March 1 at the Princess Theatre that recognizes the play as a major attraction in the city. A statement from Capp is included below.

We’re thrilled and proud that Australian audiences have embraced ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’. This record-breaking performance has brought a new vibrancy to the East End Theatre District and helped to generate restaurant and hotel bookings across Melbourne. ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ is only showing in Melbourne so it’s a fantastic drawcard for our city.

Press Release

HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD
CELEBRATES FIRST BIRTHDAY WITH GALA PERFORMANCE
AND EXTENSION OF RECORD-BREAKING SEASON
Multi-award-winning theatrical event Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will mark its first birthday with a special gala performance at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre today. Six new adult cast members will take to the stage for their first official performance, with fresh production images of the new-look company released.

Due to continuing demand, the sensational record-breaking season has been extended for a seventh time, with new tickets made available for performances up until and including Sunday 13 September 2020. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 11.00 am on Tuesday 3 March via the official website, HarryPotterThePlay.com.

Lord Mayor of Melbourne Sally Capp will unveil a plaque at the Princess Theatre today, honouring Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and further cementing its status as the premier attraction for visitors to Melbourne.

The Lord Mayor said: “We’re thrilled and proud that Australian audiences have embraced Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. This record-breaking performance has brought a new vibrancy to the East End Theatre District and helped to generate restaurant and hotel bookings across Melbourne. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is only showing in Melbourne, so it’s a fantastic drawcard for our city.”

In the past year, an estimated 326,500 people have seen the show, well surpassing any previous record set by a stage play in the history of Australian theatre. Fifty percent of those have travelled from overseas, interstate or regional Victoria and more than half are first[-]time theatregoers. Visitors have been welcomed from 42 different countries around the globe.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child enters its second year led by Gareth Reeves as Harry Potter, Lucy Goleby as Ginny Potter, Sean Rees-Wemyss as Albus Potter, Paula Arundell as Hermione Granger, Michael Whalley as Ron Weasley, Manali Datar as Rose Granger-Weasley, Tom Wren as Draco Malfoy, and Nyx Calder as Scorpius Malfoy.

The company of 42 performers is completed by Lucy Ansell, Alexander Artemov, Iopu Auva’a, Damien Avery, Jai Bacak, Bonnie Barlow, Mike Bishop, Simon Chandler, Clare Chihambakwe, Louis Corbett, Mark Dickinson, Lyndall Grant, George Henare, Soren Jensen, Hamish Johnston, Amanda LaBonté, Debra Lawrance, Monet Lewis, Kuda Mapeza, James O’Connell, David Ross Paterson, Naomi Rukavina, John Shearman, David Simes, Liam Smith, Hayden Spencer, Slone Sudiro, Connor Sweeney, Archie ThomsonJessica Vickers and Mackenzie Vokes.

The Australian production officially opened with a magical red carpet performance on Saturday 23 February 2019. Melbourne was the third city worldwide to welcome Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, after London and New York. It will unequivocally not play any other city in Australia.

HARRY POTTER FANS, IT’S TIME TO APPARATE YOURSELVES TO MELBOURNE”
NEWS.COM
Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a new play by Jack Thorne, directed by John Tiffany. It is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage [sic]. Both parts of the play are intended to be seen in order on the same day (matinee and evening) or on two consecutive evenings.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter, and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son, Albus, must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

“A MAGICAL PIECE OF STORYTELLING THAT HOLDS YOU SPELLBOUND FROM START TO FINISH”
LIMELIGHT
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is directed by John Tiffany with 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.

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BOOKING INFORMATION
How [t]o See [t]he Play
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is one play presented in two parts. There are three options for how to see the play.
Parts One and Two together on the same day or consecutive evenings (recommended)
Parts One and Two separately on non-consecutive days
Part One only or Part Two only

Performance Schedule
The regular performance schedule (excluding variations due to public holidays) will be:
Monday - no performance
Tuesday - no performance
Wednesday - 2:00 PM Part One & 7:30 PM Part Two
Thursday - 7:30 PM Part One
Friday - 7:30 PM Part Two
Saturday - 2:00 PM Part One & 7:30 PM Part Two
Sunday - 2:00 PM Part One & 7:30 PM Part Two

Ticket Prices
From $65 per [p]art.* For every performance, there will be more than 200 tickets priced at $65 or less. *Plus $9.75 Ticketmaster Handling Fee per transaction. A delivery fee may apply depending on the mode of delivery selected.

Group Bookings
Groups of 10 or more can book via the Ticketmaster Group Bookings Department [at] 1300 889 278 or groups@ticketmaster.com.au.

Friday Forty
Each week, 40 tickets for every performance the following week will be released via TodayTix for some of the very best seats in the theatre at $40 per part, per ticket ($80 total). These tickets are known as 'The Friday Forty'. Visit harrypottertheplay.com/au/the-friday-forty/ or TodayTix for more info.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Melbourne is getting ready to celebrate its first birthday! In conjunction, producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender have announced the addition of six new adult cast members to the production, including two in the principal roles of Ron Weasley and Scorpius Malfoy.

Michael Whalley will be taking over as Ron in the production’s second year, replacing Gyton Grantley from the original run. Nyx Calder will replace William McKenna as Scorpius.

 

Continuing in their roles will be Gareth Reeves as Harry Potter, Paula Arundell as Hermione Granger, Lucy Goleby as Ginny Potter, Tom Wren as Draco Malfoy, Sean Rees-Wemyss as Albus Potter, and Manali Datar as Rose Granger-Weasley. Fellow Year 1 cast members Gillian Cosgriff and Jessica Vickers, meanwhile, will move into the roles of Delphi Diggory and Moaning Myrtle, respectively.

 

The Year 2 cast of "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" Melbourne poses for a photo in costume.

 

A gala performance has been scheduled for Sunday, March 1, at the Princess Theatre to celebrate the play’s first birthday, and according to a press release, it is expected that a total of 326,500 people will have seen the production by that date, making it the most-watched stage play in Australian theater history. Performances featuring the new cast members will begin Wednesday, February 26, and tickets are available for booking online.

You can check out Cursed Child Melbourne’s new family photos below!

 

From left: Gareth Reeves as Harry Potter, Sean Rees-Wemyss as Albus Potter, and Lucy Golebyas as Ginny Potter.

From left: Gareth Reeves as Harry Potter, Sean Rees-Wemyss as Albus Potter, and Lucy Goleby as as Ginny Potter

 

From left: Michael Whalley as Ron Weasley, Manali Datar as Rose Granger-Weasley, and Paula Arundell as Hermione Granger.

From left: Michael Whalley as Ron Weasley, Manali Datar as Rose Granger-Weasley, and Paula Arundell as Hermione Granger

 

Nyx Calderas as Scorpius Malfoy and Tom Wren as Draco Malfoy.

Nyx Calder as Scorpius Malfoy and Tom Wren as Draco Malfoy

 

From left: Paula Arundell as Hermione Granger, Gareth Reeves as Harry Potter, and Michael Whalley as Ron Weasley.

From left: Paula Arundell as Hermione Granger, Gareth Reeves as Harry Potter, and Michael Whalley as Ron Weasley

 

From left: Nyx Calder as Scorpius Malfoy, Manali Datar as Rose Granger-Weasley, and Sean Rees-Wemyss as Albus Potter.

From left: Nyx Calder as Scorpius Malfoy, Manali Datar as Rose Granger-Weasley, and Sean Rees-Wemyss as Albus Potter

 

The full Year 2 cast of "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" Melbourne.

The full Year 2 cast of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” Melbourne

 

The principal players for Year 2 of "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" Melbourne.

The principal players for Year 2 of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” Melbourne

Press Release

NEW CAST MEMBERS UNCLOAKED
AS HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD
CELEBRATES ITS FIRST BIRTHDAY
Producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender are delighted to announce the new cast of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, as the multi-award-winning theatrical event enters its second year at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre.

A gala performance will be held on Sunday 1 March 2020 to celebrate the first birthday. By that date, it is expected that a record-breaking 326,500 people will have passed through the doors, well surpassing any previous record set by a stage play in Australian theatre history.

Now in rehearsals, six new adult cast members have joined the production, with two current cast members stepping into new roles. They begin performances next Wednesday 26 February.

Joining the production are Michael Whalley as Ron Weasley and Nyx Calder as Scorpius Malfoy. Lucy Ansell, Hannah Fredericksen, Helen Howard and Naomi Rukavina also join the company of 42, with current cast members Gillian Cosgriff and Jessica Vickers graduating into the roles of Delphi Diggory and Moaning Myrtle, respectively.

Continuing in their roles are Gareth Reeves as Harry Potter, Paula Arundell as Hermione Granger, Lucy Goleby as Ginny Potter, Tom Wren as Draco Malfoy, Sean Rees-Wemyss as Albus Potter and Manali Datar as Rose Granger-Weasley.

The cast is completed by Alexander Artemov, Iopu Auva’a, Damien Avery, Jai Bacak, Bonnie Barlow, Mike Bishop, Simon Chandler, Clare Chihambakwe, Louis Corbett, Mark Dickinson, Lyndall Grant, George Henare, Soren Jensen, Hamish Johnston, Amanda LaBonté, Debra Lawrance, Monet Lewis, Kuda Mapeza, James O’Connell, David Ross Paterson, John Shearman, David Simes, Liam Smith, Hayden Spencer, Slone Sudiro, Connor Sweeney, Archie Thomson and Mackenzie Vokes.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has established itself as the premier attraction for visitors to Melbourne. Melbourne was the third city worldwide to welcome Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, after London and New York. It will unequivocally not play any other city in Australia.

HARRY POTTER FANS, IT’S TIME TO APPARATE YOURSELVES TO MELBOURNE”
NEWS.COM
Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a new play by Jack Thorne, directed by John Tiffany. It is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage [sic]. Both parts of the play are intended to be seen in order on the same day (matinee and evening) or on two consecutive evenings.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter, and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son, Albus, must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

“A MAGICAL PIECE OF STORYTELLING THAT HOLDS YOU SPELLBOUND FROM START TO FINISH”
LIMELIGHT
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is directed by John Tiffany with 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.

Tickets are available for performances up until and including Sunday 19 July 2020, via the official website, HarryPotterThePlay.com.

Brienne Green

I'm a passionate journalist, feeding my wizarding world obsession on MuggleNet by night, forever trying to find ways to work "Potter" references into high school sports stories by day. When not writing, I can be often be found making quiche at 2 a.m., playing Queen tunes on the piano, or talking (and talking and talking) about Sirius Black.