Tuesday 16th Oct 2018
Rehearsals for the production of Cursed Child in Australia have officially begun – and here are the whole cast together for the first time.
Take a look at the latest branch of the Cursed Child family, as rehearsals in Melbourne begin!
Yes, the Australian Cursed Child cast are hard at work bringing the eighth Harry Potter story to life all over again – with preview performances set to begin January, 2019.
“It’s covered in magic dust already.” We agree with you Gareth! Take a look inside the rehearsal room as the Melbourne cast begin their #CursedChildAUS journey. Tickets for the Melbourne production of #CursedChild are on sale now: https://t.co/F1Om5es0Vfpic.twitter.com/wGe07UXGgB— Cursed Child AUS (@HPPlayAUS) October 16, 2018
This production stars Gareth Reeves as Harry Potter, with Gyton Grantley as Ron and Paula Arundell as Hermione. The trio are joined by Lucy Goleby as Ginny Potter, while Tom Wren takes on Draco Malfoy. As for the ‘next generation’ of Potters, Granger-Weasleys and Malfoys, we have Sean Rees-Wemyss playing Albus Potter, William McKenna as his unlikely best friend Scorpius Malfoy and Manali Datar as Rose Granger-Weasley.
They are joined by the rest of the company, playing a variety of roles. These are: Iopu Auva’a, Damien Avery, Mike Bishop, Simon Chandler, Clare Chihambakwe, Louis Corbett, Gillian Cosgriff, Mark Dickinson, Lyndall Grant, George Henare, Soren Jensen, Hamish Johnston, Madeleine Jones, Amanda LaBonté, Debra Lawrance, Kuda Mapeza, Kirsty Marillier, Cle Morgan, James O’Connell, David Paterson, John Shearman, David Simes, Hayden Spencer, Slone Sudiro, Connor Sweeney, Jessica Vickers and Hannah Waterman.
As rehearsals begin in Melbourne, there’s already magic in the air between the cast and crew.
‘Just getting a tiny taste this week has been wonderful, and now you just want to eat the entire banquet,’ Gyton Grantley, AKA our new Australian Ron, said.
'It’s covered in magic dust already, this production,' Gareth Reeves added – our new Harry Potter. ‘And the idea that Australia, that Melbourne will get a chance to make its own version of it – I was super excited to be part of it. And of course, it’s a story I’ve read and know and loved and read to my children and like everyone else – I feel like I own a little bit of it as well.’
Paula Arundell, playing Hermione, summed up perfectly the feeling of working with her new Cursed Child family.
‘[It’s] not only the characters in the book that you get to meet and connect with – but also the people in this production, and the production crew and the creatives as well,’ she said.
‘I couldn’t ask for anything better.’
Tickets for the Australian production of Cursed Child, which will play at the Princess Theatre in Melbourne, are on sale now.