In the magical and fantastical world of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”, the simple use of a time-turner can change everything.
Here in this realm though, we experience time in a much more fixed and seemingly linear fashion – meaning when the record-breaking play leaves our shores, it really will be over, and no amount of meddling, mischief or magic will enable you to see it.
Final tickets are now on sale for the reimagined one-part play, and the cast will take their final bow on July 9.
The looming exit of the show from Australia comes after four years, one million tickets sold and more than 1,300 performances.
It is now the longest-running play in Australian history and has sold the most tickets of any stage play in Australia.
The show opened as a two-part event in 2019 and was the first production of the play globally to re-open in February 2021 following the unprecedented global shutdowns. In May last year, the reimagined one-part extravaganza opened in Melbourne.
And now, there’s just six weeks to see the local production of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”.
Gareth Reeves, who has played Harry Potter since the production premiered in Melbourne, said he has been honoured to tell the story of the boy who lived to so many fans, old and new.
“It has been the greatest honour to play Harry Potter as an adult and explore the complex and thrilling story the creative team have crafted,” he said.
“At its heart this is a story of family, and I pay tribute to the incredible family we have created at the Princess Theatre over the past four years, both those on stage and those we welcomed into the theatre each night.”
Michael Cassel AM, the Australian production’s executive producer, said it will be a memorable farewell to the spectacular production.
“As this incredible adventure comes to an end, it is hard not to reflect on what a wonderful journey it has been,” he said.
“From our original two-part production, through the reimagined version, to today audiences have been swept away by the magic, wonder and extraordinary storytelling of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”. While it is sad to say goodbye, it has been a tremendous experience sharing it with audiences from all over the country.”
So, unless you’re secretly sitting on a rare and real time-turner, you really do need to get your tickets now if you want to see the show in Australia.
Final tickets for the June and July run of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” are available now. The show must end on July 9.