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Wizard of Oz: Harry Potter stage show announces Australian production

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child opened in the West End in 2016. Photo: Manuel Harlan
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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has announced that an Australian production of the play will open in Melbourne in 2019.

Melbourne will be the show’s third destination, after the West End, where it has been running since July 2016, and Broadway, where it opens in April 2018.

Created by playwright Jack Thorne, director John Tiffany and Harry Potter author JK Rowling, the story picks up 19 years after the end of the seventh book.

In a video to accompany the announcement, Thorne said it was “incredible” to see the show travel around the world, and described Melbourne as a “proper theatre town”.

It will open at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre in early 2019, produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, Colin Callender and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions.

Friedman and Callender said they had always planned to take the production to Australia, “as soon as logistically possible”.

“You can’t ever assume a new play is going to have a further life, but we knew that if Harry Potter and the Cursed Child did have a life beyond London and Broadway, that the next stop would be here,” they added.

The production’s international casting consultant is Jim Carnahan, with Australian casting by Janine Snape. Michael Cassel will executive produce the Australian production.

Earlier this year, the play broke records at the Olivier Awards, becoming the most highly decorated production in the awards’ history.

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