“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” Melbourne to Become a One-Part Production
Earlier this year, and to the disappointment of many Harry Potter fans, it was announced that the North American productions of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child were being shortened from an almost five-hour-long two-part play into a one-part play. It has now been announced that the Melbourne production of Cursed Child will be following suit.
This controversial decision means that starting in May 2022, the two-part Cursed Child experience will be “reimagined” and adapted into a one-part matinee or evening performance at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre.
Not only did the change to the North American productions of Cursed Child upset North American Potter fans; it also left fans around the rest of the world wondering whether they should book themselves tickets to watch the beloved two-part play at their closest theater in case the same decision was rolled out across the remaining four productions in London, England; Melbourne, Australia; Tokyo, Japan; and Hamburg, Germany.
The show’s playwright, Jack Thorne, and director, John Tiffany, described the revisiting of the play as an “illuminating process of rediscovery,” where they have been challenged “to find a new way to distill [the] story in the simplest and most truthful way possible.”
Producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender are “incredibly excited” about reopening the reimagined one-part show next year.
After exploring a single[-]show experience for North American audiences, it became clear that this new version of our glorious play should be presented for our audiences in Melbourne later next year. The production is set around the same powerful narrative while delivering all the amazing illusions, stagecraft, and storytelling that have captivated audiences and critics alike. Harry’s story is now told eight times a week.
The support for the Australian production of Cursed Child since its premiere in 2019 has been overwhelming. The continued backing from our patrons, who have often had to rebook multiple times over the past 18 months, has inspired us as theatre makers to ensure we can continue to bring magic and entertain audiences. We thank you for your confidence.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a story about community, family, and the power of friendship, a story that reminds us that together and united we have the strength to overcome all odds. It is truly a story of our time.
Despite the enthusiasm from the producers, many fans are still skeptical about the new format of the show, worried that it means the storytelling will be diminished or that it will ruin the overall experience and excitement. Even more importantly, for those who consider the show to be canon, if it is changed, is it still?
However, hopefully, the adapted version will be a more affordable option for families, proving less of a financial barrier and allowing more people to be able to witness the magic of Harry Potter onstage.
Melbourne’s two-part play will continue its performances until March 27, 2022. After this, the show will take a temporary hiatus and will then be reopened in May 2022 as a one-part performance.
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