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Harry Potter stage show announced by JK Rowling

Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2

Story by Jack Foley

A HARRY Potter stage show is heading to UK theatres and possibly London’s West End.

Author JK Rowling has announced that the early years of the famed boy wizard will be explored in the production, which will see her collaborating with producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender but – crucially – not writing the screenplay herself.

Revealing that she had received countless offers to turn the Potter literary and movie phenomenon into something for the stage, she maintained that Sonia and Colin’s vision was the only one that “really made sense”.

She said their vision for the play “had the sensitivity, intensity and intimacy I thought appropriate for bringing Harry’s story to the stage”.

“After a year in gestation it is exciting to see this project moving on to the next phase,” she said.

As yet, it has not been announced where exactly the play will be staged, except that it will be in the UK, but it will explore “the previously untold story of Harry’s early years as an orphan and outcast”.

Its producers went on to state that the show will feature some of our favourite characters from the Harry Potter books while offering “a unique insight into the heart and mind of the now legendary young wizard”.

“Writers and directors are now being considered, and the project will move into development in 2014,” a joint statement added.

Both Friedman and Callender have previous stage pedigree. The former has a string of successful West End productions beind her, including Book of Mormon and the Twelfth Night and Richard III double bill starring Mark Rylance.

Callender, meanwhile, is a former president of HBO Films who recently produced Lucky Guy on Broadway starring Tom Hanks. He is currently working with the BBC on its adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall.

In addition to overseeing the Potter stage production, Rowling also intends to make her screenwriting debut on a new Potter-themed film series for Warner Bros.