It’s already played to packed houses in London and New York and very soon it will be Australia’s turn to #KeeptheSecrets with Harry Potter and the Cursed Child set to open in Melbourne in January 2019.
Tickets for the Australian production went on sale last month with more than 200,000 tickets sold over the four day pre-sale period. The demand when tickets later went on sale to the general public had the show sold out for many months into 2019 and shows the demand for more Potter adventures has not lessened in the slightest since Harry Potter was last seen on our screens back in 2011 with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. And that was even before the cast was announced.
So just who will be the Aussie Golden Trio? Who has scored the roles of the next generation of witches and wizards to enter Hogwarts? The answer to some of those questions was answered today (September 2) when the seven leads in the production were announced.
Playing the eponymous Harry Potter is Kiwi actor Gareth Reeves. Reeves is a well-known performer on Aussie stages having performed previously with the Bell Shakespeare Company and in The National Theatre’s production of War Horse.
Gyton Grantley is making the transition from a notorious gangster Carl Williams in Nine’s Underbelly true crime series to Potter’s best friend Ron Weasley. And starring as the smartest witch of her generation? Paula Arundell will take on Hermione Granger.
The rest of the older generation of lead wizards is Sydney Theatre Award-nominated actress Lucy Goleby as Potter’s wife and Weasley’s sister Ginny, and Winners and Losers star Tom Wren as Draco Malfoy.
Rounding out the lead cast is Sean Rees-Wemyss who will play Albus Potter (Harry and Ginny’s second born) and William McKenna as Scorpius Malfoy (Draco’s son). Both boys have appeared in Nowhere Boys; Rees-Wemyss in the series first two seasons and subsequent film, and McKenna in the third and upcoming fourth series.
The rest of the 42 Aussie cast includes some veterans of the Australian stage and screen, including musical comedian Gillian Cosgriff, Muriel’s Wedding star Madeleine Jones, Home and Away and Please Like Me‘s Debra Lawrence, Priscilla Queen of the Desert‘s and Australian Idol aluma Cle Morgan, former Cirque du Soliel performer Hayden Spencer, and Lyndall Grant who is one of Australia’s most respected stage combat directors.
In a press release announcing the Australian cast, 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.”
Tickets are available for performances through to November 3, 2019, with more dates expected to be added over the next few weeks. To buy tickets or for more information about the production, head to www.harrypottertheplay.com.
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