New Harry Potter Play Will Be the Official Eighth Story

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.

LONDON – A new play that opens in London next summer will pick up the story of Harry Potter where the seventh and final volume of J.K. 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 saga left off, with a plot involving a grown-up Harry and his youngest son, Albus. “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”, based on a new story part-written by Rowling, opens at the Palace Theatre in London’s West End district on July 30, 2016, publicists for the production said on Friday. In what will come as a shock to his legion of fans, Potter is now a middle-aged father of three, trying to cope with an overburdened in-tray in his job at the Ministry of Magic. The play, written by Jack Thorne, is expected to sell out quickly, given the success of Rowling’s books, which sold more than 400 million copies worldwide, and their film adaptations.

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. Rowling, Thorne and a third writer, John Tiffany, said they wanted to explore Harry’s world “in a brand new way through the live form of theatre”. 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.

Rowling’s books have sold over 450 million copies and been translated into 78 languages, while the eight-part film franchise based on the books grossed more than $7 billion at the worldwide box office. 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”.

Work continues on a film of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a spin-off of the Harry Potter books which stars Eddie Redmayne and is due out in November next year.

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