By Travis Johnson

It’s been a long time coming but finally we’ve had official word that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the stage continuation of JK Rowling’s beloved series, is coming our way. The play will open at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre early in 2019 for an exclusive season, which means that the Victorian capital is going to get a major tourism boost from grown adults wearing Hogwarts house scarves.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said; “Exclusive to our region, this award-winning production will arrive in Victoria after its world premiere in London’s West End and a highly anticipated opening on Broadway. 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. We encourage all Victorians, and our friends from across the country, Asia and the world, to join us in welcoming Harry Potter and the Cursed Child to Melbourne.”

Based on an original new story by JK Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is written by Thorne and directed by Tiffany. The production is one play presented in two parts. Both parts are intended to be seen in order on the same day (matinee and evening) or on two consecutive evenings. The play sees the adult Harry, now an employee of the Ministry of Magic, struggling to juggle his duties as a husband and father with his profession. “While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.”

Dates and ticketing info will soon be announced. Head over to the official site to jump on the mailing list.

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