Harry Potter play set 19 years after the last book

24 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Potter gets ready for the stage as a middle-aged father of three.

Harry Potter And The Cursed Child is based on an original tale part-written by JK Rowling and will feature a grown-up Harry, who now works for the Ministry of Magic.

So when Harry Potter steps out on to the West End stage next year for the eighth instalment of the billion-dollar franchise, fans may be in for a shock. Rowling’s books have sold over 450 million copies and been translated into 78 languages, while the film franchise based on the books broke box office records. The new story was a collaboration between Rowling, scriptwriter Jack Thorne and theatre director John Tiffany, who has won awards in London and New York for his work on the musical Once. “The story only exists because the right group of people came together with a brilliant idea about how to present Harry Potter on stage,” Rowling was quoted as saying in a statement from the publicists.

Meanwhile, Albus, named after Harry’s old headmaster and mentor Albus Dumbledore, struggles with the weight of the family legacy. “As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places,” the publicists said. Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them is another wizard spin-off about magizoologist Newt Scamander and is set in New York 70 years before Harry Potter reads his book in school. The script is by Thorne, a stage and screen writer whose work includes vampire story “Let the Right One In.” The director is Tiffany, who helmed the critically lauded war play “Black Watch” and multiple Tony Award-winning musical “Once.” Tickets go on sale Wednesday to buyers who registered online and to the general public on Oct 30. Publicists have been releasing a drip-drip of information over several months in what appears to be a strategy to tantalise fans, although commercial success for the venture looks extremely likely regardless of any marketing efforts.

Collaborating on this story is exhilarating for all of us.” When the play was first announced, Rowling said it was a play not a novel because “it was the only proper medium for the story”.

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