It seems those summoning spells from localHarryPotterfans have paid off – hit stage playHarry Potter and the Cursed Childis coming to .
The show’s producers announced on Tuesday the play will run exclusively at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre in early 2019.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is coming to Melbourne in 2019. Photo: Supplied
“You can’t ever assume a new play is going to have a further life, but we knew that ifHarry Potter and the Cursed Childdid have a life beyond London and Broadway, that the next stop would be ,” producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender said in a statement.
n producer Michael Cassel, who has had hits locally with the tour ofKinky Bootsand the production ofBeautiful: The Carole King Musicalcurrently playing in Sydney, will executive produce the show locally.
The play –based on an original story by JK Rowling, playwright Jack Thorne and director John Tiffany, and featuring music by Grammy winnerImogen Heap– had its premiere on London’s West End in July 2016, selling out inhours. It’s had a sold-out run ever since.
It also broke records at this year’s Laurence Olivier Awards, scooping up nine awards amongst its cast, as well as Best New Play and Best Director.
A Broadway adaptation is set to open in New York in April 2018.
The eighth instalment in Rowling’sHarry Pottersaga, the play is set 19 years after the end of the last novelHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and follows Potter as a married husband of three.
Jamie Parker as Harry Potter in The Cursed Child. Photo: Supplied
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews described the announcement as a coup for Melbourne.
“To secure a production of this calibre is a testament to Melbourne’s standing as an arts and cultural capital and leading global city for theatre,” he said.
Performance dates are set to be announced soon, the producers said.
The play will be the latest stage hit to open in Melbourne, following this year’ssuccessful run of Tony-winning musicalThe Book of Mormon(it opens in Sydney in February), and ongoing tour rumours overBroadway hitHamilton.