JK Rowling announces new Harry Potter story coming to the West End

Stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child to debut in London's West End

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JK Rowling announces new Harry Potter story coming to the West End

Author JK Rowling has announced a Harry Potter stage show will open in London's Palace Theatre next year.

Marking the 18th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the author explained the play would tell a new story, created in collaboration with director John Tiffany and writer Jack Thorne. Both men were responsible for acclaimed theatrical adaptation Let the Right One In, while Thorne created the acclaimed cult show The Fades, and was a writer for TV series This is England '86.

Confirming the play would not be a prequel, Rowling said the tale would tell the untold part of Potter's story and that of his murdered parents.

The show was originally announced in December 2013 when Rowling said, 'Over the years I have received countless approaches about turning Harry Potter into a theatrical production, but [producers] Sonia [Friedman] and Colin [Callender]'s vision was the only one that really made sense to me, and which had the sensitivity, intensity and intimacy I thought appropriate for bringing Harry's story to the stage. After a year in gestation it is exciting to see this project moving on to the next phase.'

In response to fans wondering why the Cursed Child isn't a new book, Rowling said she was 'confident that when audiences see the play they will agree that it was the only proper medium for the story.'

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will launch at the Palace Theatre, London in 2016. Tickets on sale this autumn, find out more at www.harrypottertheplaylondon.com

Palace Theatre

109–113 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 5AY

The mighty Palace dominates Cambridge Circus with whatever it happens to be showing at any given time. It was built by the legendary Richard d'Oyly Carte as a home for English grand opera, but in a rare lapse of judgment, Carte forgot that England at…

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