THEATRE’S MODERN MAKEOVER
From the minute you step into Melbourne’s Princess Theatre, you are being transported into the wizarding world.
The historic theatre underwent a multimillion-dollar refurbishment to accommodate Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The exterior has a fresh coat of paint including gold touches on the facade’s ornate plasterwork, and a giant bird’s nest sculpture has been installed.
Inside, changes include new stained glass lunette windows and light fixtures, new seats and Hogwarts-themed wallpaper and carpet.
Unseen infrastructure was also upgraded to accommodate the play’s technical effects.
“There were so many talented people involved throughout the renovation process,” theatre designers Christine Jones and Brett J Banakis said. “We proudly worked with numerous local tradespeople including our team of Melbourne-based engineers, contractors, carpenters and craftsmen.
“Together, we have built a home for artists and audiences now, and we hope, for generations to come.”
The extensive works needed to secure the award-winning production are already paying off. Experts forecast The Cursed Child will inject millions, even potentially billions, into the Victorian economy over its long run.
“Typically, tourists from interstate and overseas make up 30 per cent of audiences for Melbourne’s theatre shows,” a Visit Victoria spokesman recently told the Herald Sun. “But Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is expected to draw much higher numbers, given 75 per cent of ticket holders for the play in New York are tourists.”