A stage play based upon J.K. Rowling’s classic Harry Potter series is gearing up for a run on West End. Rowling herself is said to be co-producing and collaborating with a playwright in order to bring this masterpiece to life in the next two years. The play will be steered by prominent London and New York producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender.
Rowling shared that she had received numerous approaches regarding putting Harry Potter on the stage, but the vision that Sonia and Colin put forth “‘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 very exciting to see this project moving onto the next phrase.”
Harry Potter will tell “the previously untold story of Harry Potter’s early years as an orphan and outcast [and will aim to] offer a unique insight into the heart and mind of the now legendary young wizard. A seemingly ordinary boy, but one for whom destiny has plans…”
Warner Bros is said to be involved in the development of the show given that they are the studio behind the Harry Potter films. A theatre for the production has yet to be selected or negotiated.
To date, the book series has sold more than 450 million copies and has been translated into 77 different languages. Eight films were created based upon the book series starring Daniel Radcliffe as the boy wizard himself Harry Potter, Rupert Grint as Ron Wealey, and Emma Watson as Hermione Granger; Harry’s devoted pals at Hogwarts.