New Harry Potter story alert! Author JK Rowling has today announced plans for a new play based on the boy wizard, called Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
Rowling announced news of the new Harry Potter adventure on Twitter, on the 18th anniversary of the first book in the series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, being published in the UK.
According to her tweets, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is due to open in London next year (2016) at the Palace Theatre and will tell a brand new Harry Potter story, which is the result of a collaboration between Rowling, writer Jack Thorne and director John Tiffany. Whilst remaining tight-lipped, she has confirmed that it will not be a prequel, despite rumours suggesting it may focus on Harry's parents.
The New Harry Potter Play Production Team
John Tiffany is a former artistic director of the National Theatre of Scotland, having worked on the likes of Peter Pan and Macbeth, and he is also the person who brought adapted the film Once for the stage. Jack Thorne has previously written for a number of TV shows, including Skins, The Fades and This Is England (both the 86 series and 88). So here's hoping the Potter play will be set on a grim estate in Nottingham, and will feature a Quidditch match against some dodgy skinhead characters.
The show is being produced by Sonia Friedman, who is the person and company behind everything from Book of Mormon, to the stage adaption of Bend It Like Beckham, both of which are currently on at the West End.
Pre-empting the inevitable barrage of questions regarding the decision to tell the story on the stage rather than in a book, Rowling said that she is "confident that when audiences see the play they will agree that it was the only proper medium for the story".
Let us be the first to predict that the cast from the films will reprise their roles for some extra publicity once the play has been running for a couple of years.
Tickets for the new show will apparently go on sale this Autumn, and we predict they will sell out pretty damn fast.