Harry Potter sequel to be stage play summer of 2016

The "eighth" story in the Harry Potter series will be its first stage play and is scheduled to open in London during the summer of 2016.
The “eighth” story in the Harry Potter series will be its first stage play and is scheduled to open in London during the summer of 2016.

If you, and your family, love all things Harry Potter, start planning a summer family vacation to London in 2016 to catch “Harry  Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I & II,” a stage play sequel taking place 19 years after the end of the book/movie series.

Tickets go on sale Oct. 30 for performances that begin in late May 2016 at the Palace Theatre, London, with an opening planned in July 2016. Sign up for priority booking here.

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, the “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” play is written by Thorne and features a cast of more than 30. It will be directed by Olivier and Tony award winner Tiffany.

Being a grown-up is hard

It will, however, not necessarily be a play for younger fans. The play’s website describes the story as 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.

Would Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson or Rupert Grint be interested in joining the cast of "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child"?
Would Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson or Rupert Grint be interested in joining the cast of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”?

Of course, the BIG questions is Daniel Radcliffe, who will be 27 next summer, be interested in doing the show. Will he be able to play a 37-year-old dad of three? Would he or the rest of the stars of the movie versions even want to? Let the speculation begin.

Keep in touch

To follow J.K. Rowling tweets on the play’s progress, click here.

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