Harry Potter and the Cursed Child announces final curtain call

After an unparalleled four-year run, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will bid farewell to the Princess Theatre in Melbourne on July 9, 2023.

It marks the end of its record-breaking stint as the longest-running play in Australian history.

The play, which has sold over a million tickets and amassed more than 1,300 performances, will release additional tickets on February 6, 2023, offering the final chance for audiences to witness the spectacle in Australia.

2022 Australian cast of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (PHOTO: Michelle Grace Hunder

Originally opening as a two-part event in February 2019, the multi-award-winning play garnered widespread acclaim from both audiences and critics.

The Herald Sun declared it “like nothing on earth,” while Limelight praised it as “an epic piece of theatre that not only meets expectations but exceeds them.”

Surviving the challenges of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the production, which was the first to triumphantly re-open globally in February 2021, was subsequently restaged as a single-ticket experience in May 2022.

The reimagined version received accolades from Time Out Melbourne as a “bewitching triumph” and The Age described it as a “must-see” and “a spectacular stage rollercoaster into the Potter universe.”

While the play has welcomed audiences from across Australia and around the world, it will not tour to other cities. The final curtain on July 9 will mark the end of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’s presence in Australia.

Sonia Friedman CBE, the producer, expressed pride in the Melbourne production, citing its status as the longest-running play in Australian history as an extraordinary achievement.

Producer Colin Callender CBE extended gratitude to Australian audiences for embracing the play and thanked the cast, company, and creative team for their contributions.

Gareth Reeves, who portrayed Harry Potter since the Melbourne premiere, reflected on the honor of telling the story to fans, both old and new.

He acknowledged the complexity and thrill of the tale crafted by the creative team and paid tribute to the “incredible family” created at the Princess Theatre over the past four years.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the first Harry Potter story adapted for the stage, has sold over 6.5 million tickets worldwide and earned a record 60 major honors.

It holds nine Laurence Olivier Awards, including Best New Play, and six Tony Awards, including Best New Play.

In 2022, the play broke records for the most tickets sold by any stage play in Australia, exceeding one million tickets.

The cast celebrated over 1,000 performances in December 2022, attracting an estimated 326,500 people in its first year, with over half being first-time theatregoers.

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