Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which was an instant hit when it opened in Melbourne, is based on the Harry Potter book series by JK Rowling. Rowling co-wrote the play with BAFTA and Olivier Award-winner Jack Thorne. Melbourne is the third city in the world, after New York and London, to welcome the play.
The play broke records when tickets first became available, selling more than 200,000 pre-sale tickets alone. If you've missed out in past, now's your chance to get on board the Hogwarts Express – the show reopened on February 25, 2021 after a 49-week hiatus, and the season has been extended once again.
The show brings to life the eighth installation in the series, picking up 19 years on from the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and the death of He Who Shall Not Be Named, and is the first book to be translated into a stage performance. It follows Harry’s children’s time at Hogwarts and his own career as a celebrated Auror, aka wizarding law enforcement.
The play is shown in two parts at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre, with each one running for around two-and-a-half hours. Watch both parts on the same day with matinee and evening shows, or over two consecutive evenings.
Read Broadsheet’s spoiler-free review of the play.