Harry Potter fans have been trying to solve the mystery of The Cursed Child ever since JK Rowling dropped the bombshell about the new Potter play but now the author has made things even more interesting by revealing that the story will be told in two parts.
Rowling took to Twitter to confirm that The Cursed Child will be staged in two separate installments when it hits the London stage next year.
The news comes just days after Rowling revealed Harry’s family history, tracing the Potter Family Tree back to the 12th Century to celebrate the launch of a new look Pottermore.
Details about the plot of the play, which is due to open in London’s Palace Theatre in the summer of 2016, are scant, but Rowling has confirmed that it is NOT a Harry Potter prequel.
So why does it need to be in two parts? Well, Pottermore, the official source for all things Boy Who Lived, has an explanation from Bafta-winning writer Jack Thorne and Tony and Olivier Award-winning director John Tiffany.
“Obviously I loved it when we decided to tell this story in two parts,” Thorne says “because I got to spend more time with the characters and what an honour that has been. It continues to be unbelievable and amazing that I’ve been given this extraordinary chance to bring Harry Potter to the stage. As a fan, who just devoured the books and the films, this couldn’t be more exciting for me.”
“I’ve never worked on anything quite like this before,’ says John Tiffany. “Usually in theatre you’re adapting existing material or creating an entirely new play. With the Cursed Child we have been given the unique opportunity to explore some of the most cherished books and beloved characters ever written, yet work with J.K. Rowling to tell a story from that world that no one yet knows – it’s exhilarating.”
“It shares a scale and ambition with all the Harry Potter stories so in order to do this justice we have decided to present the play in two parts.”
The news won’t come as a surprise to Potter fans, who previously saw Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows split in two for its cinematic release back in 2010/11. But how will it affect ticket sales for the show, which RadioTimes.com estimated would need to run for about 120 years for every Facebook fan to see it?
We reached out to our magical sources to ask how this might affect the performances and all they could say for now is that on sale details as well as the performance schedule and further production details will be announced in the coming weeks.
And if you’re really hoping for news as soon as it breaks it’s best sign up for priority access to tickets at the official production website only – that’s HarryPotterthePlay.com
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