Actors playing Harry Potter, Ron and Hermione on stage revealed
Over 200,000 tickets have already been snapped up for Melbourne’s incoming production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and Potter fervour continues to peak since the cast for Australia’s version of J. K. Rowling’s play was revealed.
New Zealand actor Gareth Reeves, who appeared in the feature film Pete’s Dragon in 2016 and has starred in Bell Shakespeare productions and The National Theatre’s Warhorse, will don a scar and glasses to play Harry Potter.
House Husbands star Gyton Grantley will take the role of Ron Weasley and acclaimed TV actor Paula Arundell will play Hermione.
Based on a story written by Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child picks up almost two decades after Harry vanquishes Voldemort at the end of the original series. The play begins as Harry, now working with the Ministry of Magic, sees off his son Albus as he boards the train to Hogwarts.
Further plot details have been kept under-wraps thanks to the #KeeptheSecrets campaign, which urges ticket holders and production staff to remain tight-lipped about the events and revelations of the show.
Lucy Goleby will appear as Ginny Potter, Sean Rees-Wemyss as Albus Potter, Tom Wren as Draco Malfoy and William McKenna as Scorpius Malfoy (Draco’s son).
The play, which has a runtime of over five hours, will begin in January next year, and tickets are available until November 2019, although more dates are expected to be announced.
Three new Potter-themed books are due to hit shelves before Christmas:
- Harry Potter: A Pop-Up Guide to Hogwarts
- Harry Potter: Creatures: A Paper Scene Book
- Harry Potter: Imagining Hogwarts: A Beginner’s Guide to Moviemaking
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