Harry Potter And The Cursed Child Story Will Be Published
London’s New Harry Potter play continues to make headlines months before performances have even begun! With tickets flying out of the box office faster than ever before in the West End, many have worried they will end up waiting months if not years to learn of the new adventures their beloved Harry Potter is facing. Fear no longer. Author of the Harry Potter series J.K. Rowling announced a fix, although it will not be the final version, for those interested in learning about Harry’s adventures yet unable to see the new London stage production. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that the new Harry Potter And The Cursed Child play set to hit London in Summer 2016 will also be published as a new book!
J.K. Rowling announced this morning that her latest Harry Potter story, Harry Potter And The Cursed Child which will come to life on stage in London’s West End this summer, will also be published as a book. The book, Harry Potter And The Cursed Child Parts I & II, will be published titled a “Special Rehearsal Edition” and available for purchase at midnight July 31st, 2016. The specific date comes with a reason; It is the day following the show’s official opening in the West End. The story will be available as an eBook as well as in print editions with Rowling’s digital company Pottermore collaborating with Little Brown Book Group in the United Kingdom and Scholastic in the United States and Canada. The “Special Rehearsal Edition” will not be the final edition of the script or story presented on stage as changes occur in previews and performances leading up to opening night. A “Definitive Collector’s Edition” will be available at a later date.
Harry Potter And The Cursed Child will begin previews in London in late May 2016 before officially opening July 30th, 2016. The show is slated to play at London’s Palace Theatre (Pictured Left). The show made headlines this past Fall selling over 175,000 tickets in its first day alone and over £20 million worth of tickets in just over its first week. That number sets a record for the largest advance for a single show in West End history. Tickets for the show are nearly sold out for a year with the earliest date for purchase in May 2017, a year after previews are expected to begin. The show extended its original booking period three times before reaching the current status it is at. The craze for tickets took place back in October when they first went on sale and rehearsals and performances for the show were still more than six months away.
J.K. Rowling (Pictured Right) truly needs no formal introduction, but how could we not talk about her in an article mentioning a new book for a series she created! 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.
Luner Lowdown: The decision to publish a “Special Rehearsal Edition” of the new Harry Potter And The Cursed Child is a brilliant move on the part of the productions. There are thousands of individuals around the world who will not be able to make it to London to see this new work on stage and will want to know this new story joining their Harry Potter world. It will not mark the final edition of the stage script that will be presented in London but at least it will give readers and fans across the world the chance to see what Harry is up to 19 years later. The move will no doubt push even more ticket sales for the upcoming production and other productions still yet to be announced. I mean, c’mon; Can we just announce a Broadway production already?
Luner on Theatre will keep you updated on Harry Potter And The Cursed Child as it makes its way to the stage in London’s West End later this year! We’re expanding our London Lookout like never before to cover this production which has caused a media stir months before a rehearsal for the show has even begun. We can’t wait to see what kind of new magic this production conjures up. For more information, visit Harry Potter And The Cursed Child’s Official Website, Facebook or Twitter. (Please note; Unless a photo is noted to be taken by Luner on Theatre, we do not own/claim ownership for any photos used in this post.) And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!