Tuesday 27th Nov 2018
It’s been over two years since Harry Potter and the Cursed Child first wowed audiences at London’s Palace Theatre – and now, the three creators of the award-winning play are reflecting on how it all began, as production prepares to open in Melbourne, Australia.
“It’s been the most amazing collaboration. I’ve loved it.” – @jk_rowling speaks with John Tiffany and @JackThorne about creating #CursedChild. New tickets to #CursedChildLDN will be released on 4 December! Find all ticket info here https://t.co/1xjqaBNdvipic.twitter.com/lTRYpUOmNJ— Cursed Child Play (@HPPlayLDN) November 27, 2018
‘The prospect was enormous for me,’ J.K. Rowling admits in this new interview, along with her Cursed Child collaborators, playwright Jack Thorne and director John Tiffany.
‘The stakes were really high. I had always been quite resistant, if I’m honest, the idea of putting [Harry Potter] on the stage - and I’ve said no to so much! So, it had to be a very special and unusual idea to make me think, “Actually, that could be good.”
In the end, of course, Harry Potter did make it to the stage – as the rather special two-part play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which opened in the summer of 2016 at London’s Palace Theatre. Since then, the production has opened in New York on Broadway – and that’s only the beginning. Next year, the play will find another new home, with a new version opening at the Princess Theatre in Melbourne.
So, as Cursed Child gets ready to go down-under (‘We are big Australia-philes’ John Tiffany said) the three creators ruminated on how they got together and conceived the idea for the play in the first place.
‘I literally fell off the pavement,’ head-writer Jack Thorne admitted when John asked if he would be interested in writing the script for Cursed Child. ‘I didn’t hesitate one second. I just walked in there.’
Meanwhile, John discussed going up to J.K. Rowling’s writing room in Edinburgh (‘which I cherish and remember so vividly’) batting around ideas for the new story. Initially, there were reservations on how the magic would translate to stage.
‘We would have these ideas and I kept saying, “How will we do that, though?”’ and Jack kept saying, “Oh, he can do it,’” Jo remembered.
‘I had no idea how to do it!’ John laughed – but added: ‘Anything is possible when you harness the audience’s imagination in the right away.’
And as Cursed Child fans know all too well – it really is.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child opens at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre in February, with previews starting in January, 2019. More tickets have just been released and are on sale for performances through to December 2019. Check out the Cursed Child website for ticket details.
And if you're not anywhere near Australia - don't worry. New ticket releases for New York are coming on Thursday and London are coming next Tuesday.