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.
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.
— Harry Potter and the Cursed Child AUS (@CursedChildAUS) February 19, 2020
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.
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!