Suspension of “Cursed Child” Melbourne Performances Extended
As previously reported, the Melbourne production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child had expected to open its doors to audiences on September 14 after a lengthy suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, in response to Australian government guidelines, performances will now be suspended through November 1.
Performances that were due to take place from September 16 to November 1 will be postponed and rescheduled to an alternative date from March 24, 2021, onwards. Ticket holders who are affected will be contacted directly and will be able to retain their chosen seats for a rescheduled date.
Those who were planning to travel interstate or internationally to see Cursed Child, and who may be affected by travel restrictions, will also be made aware of provisions in place when they are contacted.
Speaking about the continued suspension of the show, Melbourne’s very own Harry Potter, Gareth Reeves, encouraged fans and ticket holders to attend their rescheduled dates where possible and continue supporting the show.
I’m chomping at the bit to get back on the stage, and I sincerely hope you stay with us. I’m dreaming of the day I get to walk through that stage door of the beautiful Princess Theatre and join the whole cast and crew in welcoming you to a performance of Harry Potter and [t]he Cursed Child.
A message from the producers of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. pic.twitter.com/w7iZEPmveY
— Harry Potter and the Cursed Child AUS (@CursedChildAUS) August 25, 2020
Even with a postponed reopening date, the Melbourne production of Cursed Child will still be the first location to open its doors to audiences. Both the Broadway production at the Lyric Theatre and the San Francisco production at the Curran Theatre have been postponed until January 3, 2021, meaning that there will be no Cursed Child in the United States until next year.
In London, the Palace Theatre will not welcome audiences until the end of February 2021, and the premiere of the first non-English-language production of Cursed Child in Germany will now take place in April 2021. The premiere of the Canadian production, which was due to take place in October this year, has also been postponed to 2021.
Currently, the premiere of the Japanese production (set for summer 2022) remains unaffected, but be sure to check back in with MuggleNet for any updates.