Eighteen years ago today, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was released in the UK. The Potter series has entertained us for the last eighteen years with not only seven bestselling novels, but also eight blockbuster movies, two theme parks, countless merchandise, and the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter.
And now, we can add a play to the list!
J.K. Rowling announced the new establishment in the Harry Potter phenomenon today on Twitter. Harry Potter and the #CursedChild opens in the summer of 2016 in London’s West End at the Palace Theatre, with tickets on sale this autumn! Rowling assures fans that this is not a prequel to the story, but a new story collaborated between English writer Jack Thorne, director John Tiffany, and of course, creator J.K. Rowling herself.
“I don't want to say too much more, because I don't want to spoil what I know will be a real treat for fans.” Rowling tweeted earlier today.
There has undoubtedly been room for expansion with the Harry Potter franchise. Rowling admitted to receiving several offers to extend Harry’s story throughout the years, but she decided that the stage play was the proper medium for the story.
The Harry Potter author seemed enthusiastic about the lineup that is bringing together this production, calling them the “dream team” She stated that their “vision was the only one that really made sense to me, and which had the sensitivity, intensity and intimacy I thought appropriate for bringing Harry's story to the stage.”
The crew is a compilation of award winning theatre producers, Jack, John and Sonia Friedman, Tony award winning set designer Christina Jones, and costume designer Katrina Lindsey (Bend It Like Beckham, Phoenix Theatre). They’re working together to bring a fresh Harry Potter background that ”features some of our favorite characters from the Harry Potter books, this new work will offer a unique insight into the heart and mind of the now legendary young wizard. A seemingly ordinary boy, but one for whom Destiny has plans.”
More information about ticket sales will be available online in late July at www.harrypottertheplaylondon.com.