Wizards of Melbourne: wands (and credit cards) at the ready! Details for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child's Australian premiere at the Princess Theatre have finally been announced, with preview performances due to start on January 16, 2019, and regular performances from February 25.
If you want to make sure you're among the first to see the show, which is a sequel of sorts to the Harry Potter book series, the first thing you should do is sign up to the Melbourne mailing list at harrypottertheplay.com. If you're on the list by July 29 you'll get priority booking access on July 30 from noon AEST. Tickets then go on sale to the general public at 9am (AEST) on Monday August 6, also at harrypottertheplay.com.
If you're a Potterhead you probably already know that the play takes place across two parts that run for about two and a half hours. After the previews finish and the show is officially opened on February 25, the Melbourne schedule will be the same as that in London:
Wednesday – 2:00 PM Part One & 7:30 PM Part Two
Thursday – 7:30 PM Part One
Friday – 7:30 PM Part Two
Saturday – 2:00 PM Part One & 7:30 PM Part Two
Sunday – 2:00 PM Part One & 7:30 PM Part Two
You can opt to see both parts in a marathon viewing on Wednesday, Saturday or Sunday, and that's how we'd recommend you'd do it. But if you want to spread out the joy, you can separate the two parts into different days.
And it won't necessarily be the most you ever spend on theatre: tickets range from $65 to $175 per part, and there'll be 200 seats at every performance priced at $65.
If that's still too high a price, every performance will also have 40 seats priced at $40 (so $80 for both parts). These will be known as Friday Forties, and will be released each Friday for the following week's performances. Full details will be announced at a later date, but the tickets are released online on both the West End and Broadway.
No casting details have been announced just yet, but the local production assembles all the West End and Broadway creative team. The Princess Theatre is also getting a bit of a renovation to not only be more comfortable (fingers crossed they'll be replacing those weird folding chairs) but to add a touch of Hogwarts magic.
Read more about Cursed Child before you book tickets.
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