Further information about the forthcoming Harry Potter plays has been revealed today, which includes dates, poster images and some intriguing plot details.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I and II will not be prequels to J K Rowling’s hugely popular Harry Potter series, but instead continue the story nearly 20 years after the events of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The plays will primarily focus on Harry and his youngest son Albus; the full synopsis follows:
“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.”
On certain days throughout the run, Part One will be shown as a matinee performance with Part Two following in the evening, so audiences can choose to see both plays consecutively on the same day. Previews begin from 7th June 2016 at the Palace Theatre with an official opening date of Saturday 30th June 2016. There will be four special preview performances held in late May.
Tickets go on public sale on 30th October 2015, but priority tickets will be available form 28th October 2015. Ticket prices start from £15 for each show (£10 during previews). Each performance will also offer 250 tickets for £20 (£15 during previews), and there will be a daily lottery for reduced-price tickets.
Official artwork for the plays was also unveiled, showing a young dark-haired boy crouched inside a birds nest with wings, resembling a snitch.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I and II is written by Jack Thorne, who worked alongside J K Rowling and John Tiffany to devise the sequels. John Tiffany will direct the productions, which include movement by Steven Hoggett, set designs by Christine Jones, costumes by Katrina Lindsay, music by Imogen Heap, lighting by Neil Austin, sound by Gareth Fry, special effects by Jeremy Chernick, illusions by Jamie Harrison and musical supervision by Martin Lowe.
Speaking about the plays, Harry Potter author J K Rowling said: “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.”
The plays are produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, Colin Callendar’s Playground Entertainment and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions. Casting is still to be announced.
For further biographies of the full creative team, please visit the official play website HarryPotterthePlay.com