Saturday, June 27, 2015

A Harry Potter Play

Publishers Lunch

JK Rowling announced on Twitter that she has written a play -- Harry Potter and Cursed Child -- that will open in London's West End next summer. She calls it "a collaboration" with writer Jack Thorne and director John Tiffany, along with singer-songwriter Imogen Heap. Tickets will go on sale this fall, and the production will be stated at the Palace Theatre. The theater's website says the play "will explore the backstory leading up to Harry's parents untimely death at the hands of Lord Voldemort."

Rowling writes, "I've had countless offers to extend Harry's story over the years, but Jack, John and Sonia Friedman are a dream team!" Saying "it is not a prequel" but rather an "untold part of Harry's story," Rowling tells fans: "Why isn't #CursedChild a new novel? I am confident that when audiences see the play they will agree that it was the only proper medium for the story.

And on Flavorwire:

Harry Potter Baby

J.K. Rowling Announces ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ — a Play Detailing the “Untold Part” of the Story

Today is the 18th anniversary of the U.K. pub date of the first Harry Potter book. To celebrate, J.K. Rowling, who’s currently in the midst of working on the Harry Potter spinoff film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (starring Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston and potentially Ezra Miller), just announced an upcoming stage production titled Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which will explore the “untold part” of the wizard’s young life.
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