Be still my literature- and theatre-loving heart: Rumor has it that a Harry Potter stage play is on its way to London’s West End within the next two years.
According to the Daily Mail, J. K. Rowling won’t be writing the piece (probably wise—scripts are not her strong point), but she’ll co-produce and will be collaborating with an as-yet-unnamed playwright on it. Interestingly, though, it won’t be an adaptation of any of the books; rather, it will focus on Harry’s early years as an orphan and outcast.
Jo has apparently been approached a number of times about putting Harry on the stage; she hasn’t felt right about it until now, though. She noted that the vision proposed to her by producers Sonia Friedman (The Book of Mormon, Legally Blonde, and the upcoming Shakespeare in Love and Colin Callender (a film and television producer known widely for his work for HBO, which includes Angels in America and John Adams) “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.” She added, “After a year in gestation, it is very exciting to see this project moving onto the next phase.
I’m not sure whether this will be a straight play or a musical, but my money’s on musical. A lot of really wonderful shows have been made out of children’s books—if you live in the New York area and have a chance to see the musical of Matilda currently running, I HIGHLY suggest you do—so I have high hopes for this one. It seems a LITTLE like a missed opportunity not to bring Hogwarts itself to the stage (just think of all the theatre magic that could bring wizarding magic to life!), but hey, I’ll take it. With luck, we’ll be seeing it hit the West End in all its glory in 2015.
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Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s senior editor.