Canada’s ‘Harry Potter’ can’t wait to bring ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ to Toronto. Tickets go on sale Dec. 1

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It’s time to believe in magic again. After a nearly two-year wait, Torontonians will soon be able to book tickets for the award-winning live stage incarnation of the Harry Potter universe.

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The Canadian premiere of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” was originally scheduled for October 2020, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It features an all-Canadian cast with Vancouver-born Trevor White in the title role. Tickets go on sale on December 1.

“When people ask me what I’m doing next year and I say I’ll be playing Harry Potter, they look at me – a middle-aged man – and go, ‘Excuse me, what are you? White said. “Often people don’t know about stage avatar and are confused.”

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The play is based on an origin story by JK Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, and is written by Thorne and directed by Tiffany. It begins nearly two decades after Rowling’s Potter books were abandoned: Harry is an adult with three children and a difficult relationship with the youngest, Albus, who, when the drama begins, leads to Hogwarts. .

White has been based in London, England, for over two decades, where he works in theatre, film and television, including most recently the HBO series “Industry”. He says he’s nervous but thrilled to be playing this iconic role, which will be his Toronto theater debut: “There haven’t been more famous characters created in the last generation, and I’m really excited.”

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He describes “Cursed Child” as “a father and son tale and a coming-of-age tale… I just love the fact that between the magic and the joy and the fun and wonder, there’s something really complicated and There are real human relationships,” White said.

“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” first opened in London in 2016 and has become one of the most acclaimed plays in recent history, winning 24 major theater awards in the UK and six Tony Awards for the Broadway production, which opened in Gaya 2018. It is one of the most elaborate and technically complex shows ever, with a cast of 35. British production resumed earlier this month after a 19-month COVID hiatus, which producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender call “a milestone”. In the recovery of our industry. ”

Friedman and Callender said that reopening the show for viewers was an “astonishing and deeply moving experience”. “Performing to such a packed, jovial, wildly excited audience was something we will never forget.” Producers are now turning their attention to other productions of “Cursed Child” around the world: in Hamburg, Melbourne, New York, San Francisco, and then Toronto.

The Toronto production’s cast includes Trish Lindstrom as Ginny Potter, Gregory Purst as Ron Weasley, Sarah Afful as Hermione Granger, Brad Hodder as Draco Malfoy, and Steven Sutcliffe as Severus Snape. Among the actors who played the younger generation are Luke Kimball as Albus Potter, Hailey Alexis Lewis as Rose Granger-Weasley, and Thomas Michelle Barnett as Scorpius Malfoy. Canadian Sarah Farb, who plays Delphi Diggory, and Fiona Reed, who plays Professor McGonagall/Dolores Umbridge, will move from the Broadway company to the Toronto production.

“The company we’ve assembled in Toronto is world class,” Friedman and Callender said, “and we can’t wait to see these Canadian actors and backstage teams put these beloved characters on stage in this magical world.” But bring it to life. The audience is in for quite the thrill. “

In recent years White has moved back and forth between London and Atlanta, where his wife, actor Eleanor Matsuura, shoots “The Walking Dead”, in which she plays Yumiko. White is currently in London, but says he would not be tempted to see the “Cursed Child” there, although he knows the books and films well: “I’ve never seen the show and I don’t want to do it anymore.” Because I know they give us a certain personal license to make it our own,” White said.

His full immersion in the Potterverse will begin in the spring, when he, Matsuura, and their young daughter will relocate to Toronto for “Cursed Children” rehearsals. “I can’t wait,” he said. “Any good game, it can’t be replicated in any other form because everyone is experiencing the magic at the moment. I hope we can make it and bring it next year.”

The performance of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” will begin at the CAA Ed Mirvish Theater on May 31, 2022, 244 Victoria St. Tickets will go on sale December 1. mirvish.com and 1-800-461-3333, with the box office opening at 9:45 a.m. – ie 93/4 in honor of the famous fantasy stage at King’s Cross station where students catch the train to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Karen Fricker is a Toronto-based theater critic and a freelance contributor to Star. Follow him on Twitter: @karenfricker2



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