New Harry Potter Play Will Hit London In Two Parts
For those who didn’t live through the years the Harry Potter book series was released, it’s almost impossible to explain the phenomenon in words. After finishing one book, readers would find themselves waiting months, often years to learn what happened next to Harry Potter and his friends at Hogwarts. While it didn’t take long for the popular book series to hit movie theaters, when the last Harry Potter film premiered (Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2) many wondered what was next. Could it possibly all be over? What would become of the wizard world J.K. Rowling brought into the hearts of so many? Prepare yourself Potter fans. The Boy Who Lived is back in a brand new stage adaptation heading to London in 2016 with a new story you’ve never heard before. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that the highly anticipated Harry Potter And The Cursed Child will play London in two parts!
J.K. Rowling, author of the beloved Harry Potter series, announced this past week that due to the “epic nature of the story”, the upcoming stage production of Harry Potter And The Cursed Child will be presented in two parts. The two-part drama is intended to be seen either in order on the same day (Matinee followed by the Evening Performance) or on two consecutive evenings. The production will debut in Summer 2016 at London’s Palace Theatre (Pictured Right). At this time, no official date has been released for when performances will begin or when the show will officially open.
Harry Potter And The Cursed Child is a new play being penned by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany based on an original new story by Rowling. Little is known about the new play except for the fact that the cherish books (All seven of them) and the characters from them have all been accounted for in this new story never before told. Jack Thorne is a writer for television, film, radio and theatre. Some of his theatre credits include Hope, Let The Right One In, The Solid Life of Sugerwater, Bunny and When You Cure Me across England. John Tiffany (Pictured Below Left) is a Tony and Olivier Award winning director who is best known for his work on Once and The Glass Menagerie.
Tiffany, in an interview on Pottermore, explained just how unique working on this type of new story has been saying,
“I’ve never worked on anything quite like this before. Usually in theatre you’re adapting existing material or creating an entirely new play. With the Cursed Child we have been given the unique opportunity to explore some of the most cherished books and beloved characters ever written, yet work with J.K. Rowling to tell a story from that world that no one yet knows – it’s exhilarating. It shares a scale and ambition with all the Harry Potter stories so in order to do this justice we have decided to present the play in two parts.” (Pottermore)
Aside from those mentioned above, the rest of the creative team for Cursed Child is already in place! Steven Hoggett is set to provide movement to music by Imogen Heap while Martin Lowe acts as musical supervisor. When it comes to the technical side of the team, Christine Jones is scenic designer, Katrina Lindsay is costume designer, Neil Austin is lighting designer and Gareth Fry is sound designer. Also on board for the production is Jeremy Chernick to provide special effects and Jamie Harrison to provide illusions. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, Colin Callender’s Playground Entertainment and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions.
J.K. Rowling truly needs no formal introduction, but we do believe she deserves a mention in this article! After all, she is the author of the Harry Potter series which has sold over 450 million copies and been translated into 78 different languages. The book series has not only won multiple awards but is the best-selling book series in history. The last four books of the series are the fastest selling books in history. The Harry Potter films, all based off of the books, are the second highest-grossing film series in history. Universal Studios in Florida has launched a Harry Potter World theme park and overall, the entire Harry Potter brand is worth over $15 billion dollars. Not bad at all for the woman who began writing the series in various cafes in England.
For those of you worried about Harry’s life coming to the stage, have no fear. One quote specifically stuck out to us in John Tiffany’s Pottermore interview that assured us this production is not only in the right hands but truly being taken care of.
“There are many people working on this production who grew up with the books, or discovered them with their kids. And it’s been thrilling and humbling to hear them say ‘We never thought we’d get Harry back. But he’s here…’” (Pottermore)
The wizarding world of Harry Potter is back this summer in London as the highly anticipated Harry Potter And The Cursed Child heads to the stage! Luner on Theatre will keep you updated as more production details, casting and more becomes available to us! In the meantime, we’ll be polishing up our potions and spells! For more information, visit Harry Potter And The Cursed Child’s Official Website, Facebook Page or Twitter. (Copyright Note;Unless noted, we do not own/claim ownership for any photos used in this post) And of course, be sure to check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know!