Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the first Harry Potter story to be presented on stage and has been declared the official eighth part by creator JK Rowling.
The play is unusual in itself as it is in two parts. We are informed that this was necessary to encompass the ‘epic nature of the story’. There is to be a cast of over 30 actors which in itself is quite large for a stage play. The casting process in on going so none have been named as yet.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is written by Jack Thorne and directed by Olivier and Tony award-winner John Tiffany. All of this is, of course, in collaboration with JK Rowling.
JK Rowling is quoted on the official website saying “The story only exists because the right group of people came together with a brilliant idea about how to present Harry Potter on stage. I’m confident that when audiences see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child they will understand why we chose to tell this story in this way.”
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Official lowdown
It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.
While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.