Dust off your brooms and whip out your wands, Harry Potter And The Cursed Child has officially opened in Melbourne’s Princess Theatre. And yes, you should believe the hype.
Selling more than 400 million books worldwide, there's been virtually no childhood untouched by the magic of Harry Potter. The seventh and final book, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows left the readers with an epilogue depicting the grown trio Harry, Ron and Hermione all seeing their children off to Hogwarts.
While a fitting end for the series, fans just needed to know more. Thankfully eight years on, the story continued in 2016 when Harry Potter And The Cursed Child first debuted at London's Palace Theatre. The show has since opened on Broadway and sold more than four million copies of the published script worldwide. Now officially the most-awarded play in theatre history, the show has finally made its debut in Melbourne.
We were lucky enough to catch one of the previews, and it’s safe to say, this is one show that firmly belongs right at the top of your bucket list.
The atmosphere before the show is pure excitement—even before you even enter the theatre. You’ll see Potterheads debating plot lines, staff sorted into houses dressed in their Hogwarts best and even themed snacks straight from the Hogwarts Express.
Braving the frenzy at the gift shop is well worth your time. Stocking everything from wands to pins and scarves, you’ll want to keep a keen eye out as even the stores change as the shows progress.
Once you’ve spent all of your savings ( totally worth it), take a deep breath and keep your wand at the ready. You’re about to enter into Harry Potter’s Wizarding World and witness the show of your life.
The theatre is themed right from the carpet to the light fixtures—this show isn’t merely here to entertain. No, you yourself are part of the adventure too. The entire production is a mesmerising and well choreographed spectacular. Set to a spooky engulfing soundtrack, you’ll see sets transform with the flourish of a robe, the impossible becomes possible and gravity-defying stunts never thought possible on a stage.
Asking audiences to #keepthesecrets throughout the night to prevent any possible spoilers, we won't give away too much of the plot. And trust us, you want to be surprised for the Wizarding World is such as epic you remember.
Based on a new original story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and Director John Tiffany, the play only builds upon the original series. Set nineteen years after the final battle of Hogwarts, an adult Harry Potter is now a father to three, husband and employee of the Ministry Of Magic. Things turn awry when his legacy begins to haunt the Potter family, particularly his son, Albus.
The spelling binding 42-person strong cast is lead by Kiwi Gareth Reeves in the titular role. Reeves is a stand-out in the show who, during the total five-hour spectacular conveys the complexity and trauma endured by Harry far beyond the published script. While highlights include seeing the return of fan favourites to the stage, you’ll find yourself falling for the loveable next generation as they navigate their way through every twist and turn of the adventure. The son of Draco Malfoy, Scorpius, portrayed by William McKenna is particularly memorable. Unlike his father, the nervous, shy and hilariously awkward youth provides comic relief throughout the show and was easily a crowd favourite.
Full of twists and turns. You’ll find yourself clutching your neighbour at each surprise and at the edge of your seat with suspense. With the option to see both parts in either the same day or on consecutive nights, we’d recommend the first as waiting to see what happens next is almost unbearable.
With tickets selling faster than you can say ‘expecto patronum’, you’re going to want to book your visit to the Wizarding world ASAP.
What: Harry Potter And The Cursed Child
Where: Princess Theatre, Melbourne
When: On now!
Tickets have just been released for performances up until February 2, 2020. Book your tickets here.
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Image Credit: Matt Murphy