J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" in Development for West End Stage Premiere

By Mark Shenton
and Adam Hetrick
19 Dec 2013

J.K Rowling has announced that she is collaborating with theatre producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender on a new stage play to be based on her "Harry Potter" stories. She will be a co-producer on the project, but not write it herself.



Producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender will produce the production.  "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," Rowling said in a statement. "After a year in gestation it is exciting to see this project moving on to the next phase. I’d like to thank Warner Bros. for their continuing support in this project."

According to press materials, the brand-new play will explore the previously untold story of Harry's early years as an orphan and outcast. Featuring some of our favourite 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.



Writers and directors are now being considered, and the project will move into development in 2014.



Friedman is currently represented in the West End by The Book of Mormon and Mojo, and on Broadway by the transfer of Twelfth Night and Richard III from the West End.

Callender is a film, television and theater producer whose credits include the television adaptation of the RSC’s "The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby."  As president of HBO Films he was responsible for the film version of "Angels in America."  This year he produced Nora Ephron’s Broadway hit Lucky Guy with Tom Hanks and is currently producing "Wolf Hall" starring  Mark Rylance for the BBC.