The boy who lived will have his early days explored in a new stage show based on J.K Rowling’s bestselling book series. The author announced that she will co-produce the play alongside celebrated theatre producers Colin Callender and Sonia Friedman, here’s the official synopsis.
"What was it like to be the boy in the cupboard under the stairs? This brand new play, which will be developed for the U.K. theatre, will explore the previously untold story of Harry's early years as an orphan and outcast. Featuring some of our favorite characters from the Harry Potter books, this new work will 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..."
Rowling was thrilled to make the news public as a year’s worth of work has already gone into getting the as yet untitled play to this stage.
"Over the years I have received countless approaches about turning Harry Potter into a theatrical production, but Sonia and Colin’s vision 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 exciting to see this project moving on to the next phase. I’d like to thank [Harry Potter movie studio] Warner Bros. for their continuing support in this project."
Harry Potter fans will undoubtably be pleased by the news but they should be prepared for a bit of a wait, the play will go into development throughout 2014 and is expected to debut in the West End within the next two years.