Friday 22nd Apr 2016
For the very first time, J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne have invited fans inside the rehearsal room for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two.
It’s not often we get a full minute of J.K. Rowling on screen. But here she is, in a brand new video, shot during rehearsals for her upcoming West End play.
We see the play developing all around: wands being flourished, actors reading and rehearsing, observers jotting notes. And, at a table with a ringside view of the action, J.K. Rowling sitting with writer Jack Thorne and director John Tiffany – the co-creators of this new and original story with J.K. Rowling, entrusted with bringing these beloved characters to life on stage.
They’re discussing the process so far and the journey towards the first public preview, now less than 50 days away. On 7 June 2016, previews commence at the Palace Theatre and it will be the first time this exciting new play will be performed on stage in front of a live audience.
As the team explains, previews are an organic part of shaping the play. Seeing it performed with an audience allows the creative team to hone all the elements of the production ahead of the official opening of the play on 30 July.
‘I suppose each separate preview will be unique,’ says John Tiffany, ‘in that the audience will be seeing that version – where we are in the process.’
‘One of the things that I have valued most about the Potter fandom’, says J.K. Rowling, ‘is that as a community they have really looked after each other, people have each other’s backs – it’s a special thing. And it’s for that reason, more than any other, I would like us, if we can, to manage to keep our secrets.’
She continues, ‘This will be such an incredible theatrical experience that I’d love us to be able to surprise people and move people, in the natural way that a story should surprise and move people.’