Author J K Rowling has confirmed that a Harry Potter play, entitled "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child", will open in the West End next year.
Rowling broke the news today (26th June) on Twitter, saying the play “will tell a new story, which is the result of a collaboration between writer Jack Thorne, director John Tiffany and myself”. The producer is Sonia Friedman.
She added: “I don't want to say too much more, because I don't want to spoil what I know will be a real treat for fans. However, I can say that it is not a prequel. To answer one inevitable (and reasonable!) question - 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.”
“I've had countless offers to extend Harry's story over the years, but Jack, John and Sonia Friedman are a dream team. It has been a huge pleasure to share with them (and soon, with you!) this untold part of Harry's story.”
Rowling had already announced plans to develop a Harry Potter play with Friedman back in 2013.
At the time she said: “The play will tell "the previously untold story of Harry Potter's early years as an orphan and outcast" and feature "some of our favourite characters from the Harry Potter books", offering "a unique insight into the heart and mind of the now legendary young wizard."
Next year will also see the release of the Harry Potter spin-off film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, starring Eddie Redmayne.