A brand new Harry Potter stage play from author JK Rowling is coming to London in 2016, with it set to tell a brand new story starring the Boy Who Lived.
Rowling made the announcement on Twitter, writing: “I’m also very excited to confirm today that a new play called Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be opening in London next year.”
The stage play will be written by Rowling in collaboration with Jack Thorne and director John Tiffany, with the author confirming that “it is not a prequel.”
She continued: “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.”
The announcement was made to mark the 18th anniversary of Rowling’s first published book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. The play is set to make its debut at the Palace Theatre in the summer of 2016.
Casting information has yet to be revealed.
There’s no word yet on what the plot of the play will entail, nor have any casting announcements been made. While many will be looking to Daniel Radcliffe to reprise his role as the boy wizard given his theatre experience, with him having starring roles in Equus, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and the recent The Cripple of Irishmaan, at 25 years of age the actor may now be too old to believably reprise the role.
With that being said, given that the play has no confirmed time period, it could well take place after Harry, Hermione and Ron have left Hogwarts the Cursed Child may even be a reference to one of the trio’s own offspring. Harry Potter fans will inevitably debate the potential plot of the play until it makes its theatre debut, so expect to read an awful lot of speculation before it graces the Palace Theatre in 2016.