Eighteen years to the day since Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone was first published, JK Rowling has finally given fans of the Boy Who Lived the news they’ve been waiting for, revealing that Mr Potter will be back for a brand new adventure.
So, what’s the story? When can fans see the show? Where will it be staged? And how can you get tickets?
We’ve done some investigating so you don’t have to.
Who is The Cursed Child?
Harry’s unruly toddler? Some poor unfortunate soul he meets after the Battle of Hogwarts? Well, nobody’s sure yet, except Rowling and her collaborators of course.
You may have read something about a Lily and James Potter backstory but Rowling and the official sources say the show is NOT a prequel.
They’ve yet to reveal whether or not it takes place before or after the epilogue from Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, but it hasn’t gone unnoticed that the show will open 19 years after Harry Potter first hit the book shelves, echoing that “19 Years Later” ending.
We do know that the tale Rowling crafted with director John Tiffany and writer Jack Thorne has been adapted for the stage by Thorne who gets the ultimate writing credit.
Will there be another new book to go with it?
While we’re sure Rowling’s publishers would be more than happy to publish some sort of companion short story or guide to the show, the author insists there will not be a new Harry Potter novel at this point in time.
She revealed that while she’s had countless offers to extend Harry’s story, writer Thorne, director Tiffany and theatre producer Sonia Freedman finally tempted her to take Harry to the stage.
And it seems as though Harry’s in very good hands indeed: Thorne wrote, among other things, This is England, This is England 88 and the screenplay for Nick Hornby’s A Long Way Down. Meanwhile Tiffany directed the multi-award winning West End and Broadway productions of Once.
Friedman’s production company is bringing Hamlet featuring Benedict Cumberbatch to the West End later this year, and also gave us The Book of Mormon, Bend It Like Beckham: The Musical and The Kinks’ Sunny Afternoon, to name but a few shows.
There’s a fascinating extended team of talented people working on the show, including Imogen Heap who’ll provide the music.
Will Daniel Radcliffe be in it?
The boy who gave us the Boy Who Lived on the silver screen is no stranger to the stage, having gained serious critical acclaim for roles in Equus, How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and The Cripple of Innishmaan.
Would he pick up the wand to play the wizard again? It seems doubtful, but that does open the door for a whole new round of Harry Potter castings.
Gone are the days when kids were asked to send VHS tapes to Newsround so who knows how the team will decide which witch is which…
When and where can fans see the show?
According to the production’s official website and Twitter account, Harry Potter and The Cursed Child will open in London’s Palace Theatre in the summer of 2016.
Can I get tickets?
Not just yet.
But you can get information about them via the show’s official website!
Tickets for The Cursed Child are due to go on sale in the autumn so you won’t be waiting too long to get your hands on one – if you can. London’s Palace Theatre has a capacity of about 1,400 people across four floors so, depending on how long the run is, tickets for the show are sure to be like the elusive golden snitch.
By our calculations though, it’d have to run for about 120 years for every fan to see it live…
Is that it?
Apparently not, watch this space for Pottermore.