Please welcome the Australian company of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, coming to Melbourne in early 2019. The cast of 42 performers, including a brand new Harry, Ron and Hermione, have officially been announced to take on the eighth Harry Potter story – and here’s your first look at them.
Harry Potter will be played by Gareth Reeves. And yes, this is the first time a Cursed Child Harry has not been played by a Jamie! End of an era. Joining Gareth are Paula Arundell as Hermione and Gyton Grantley as Ron Weasley.
Lucy Goleby takes on the mantel of Ginny Potter, while Sean Rees-Wemyss takes on the pivotal role of Albus Potter. Then of course, the Malfoys – who will be played by Tom Wren (as Draco) and William McKenna (as Scorpius) respectively. For William, his role in Cursed Child marks his professional theatre debut.
Making up the rest of the cast are Iopu Auva’a, Damien Avery, Mike Bishop, Simon Chandler, Clare Chihambakwe, Louis Corbett, Gillian Cosgriff, Manali Datar, Mark Dickinson, Lyndall Grant, George Henare, Soren Jensen, Hamish Johnston, Madeleine Jones, James O’Connell, Amanda LaBonté, Debra Lawrance, Kuda Mapeza, Kirsty Marillier, Cle Morgan, David Paterson, John Shearman, David Simes, Hayden Spencer, Slone Sudiro, Connor Sweeney, Jessica Vickers, and Hannah Waterman – who take on a variety of characters, along with seven children who will alternate two roles.
‘Our Cursed Child family has just got a whole lot bigger,’ director John Tiffany said of the new announcement. ‘Everyone involved in our show is so excited and proud to be working with this incredibly gifted new Australian company; during the casting process we saw an extraordinary breadth and range of talent from all across Australia and New Zealand and I think audiences are going to be blown away.’
Preview performances of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre begin 16 January 2019 and tickets are on sale now! The official opening performances will follow on 23 February – so not too long to wait.
For more information on tickets and beyond for the Australian production of Cursed Child, visit the official website, and for more news on the other productions of the play happening around the world, take a look at our round-up of all the recent Cursed Child activity for this year.