J.K. Rowling announces ‘Harry Potter’ stage play will open in London in 2016

Titled 'Harry Potter And The Cursed Child', Rowling says the play will tell 'a new story'

J.K. Rowling has announced that a Harry Potter stage play will open in London next year (2016).

Rowling described the play, which is titled Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, as a “new story” that she has created in “collaboration” with Jack Thorne, writer of TV’s BAFTA-winning The Fades, and Tony-winning theatre director John Tiffany. Multi award-winning theatre producer Sonia Friedman is also involved in the project.

Posting about the play on Twitter, Rowling wrote: “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 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,” she added. “However, I can say that it is not a prequel!” She then signed off with the tweet that appears below.

Meanwhile, Rowling has also extended the Harry Potter world with a spin-off film titled Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them. Rowling has written the screenplay for the film, which is set around 70 years before the Harry Potter novels begin and focuses on Newt Scamander, the author of one of Harry’s Hogwarts text books. Eddie Redmayne has recently been cast as Scamander.