According to Baz Bamigboye in the Daily Mail today, Friday 9 May 2014, director John Tiffany is being lined up to direct a new stage play based on J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter character.
Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling is believed to have chosen the director she would like to collaborate with on a brand new stage play about Harry Potter’s early years.
Director John Tiffany is believed to have been approached for the project, alongside writer Jack Thorne.
John Tiffany has become a major West End and Broadway director, with credits including a 2014 Tony nomination for The Glass Menagerie on Broadway, and current West End hits Once at the Phoenix Theatre and Let The Right One In at the Apollo Theatre. He recently directed The Pass starring Russell Tovey at the Royal Court, and scored 4 Olivier Awards for his production of Black Watch for the National Theatre of Scotland.
Jack Thorne is a writer who adapted Let The Right One In for the stage. His long list of TV writing credits, which have earned him a BAFTA, include Skins, Cast-offs, This Is England ’86, This Is England ’88 and The Fades. Theatre work includes When You Cure Me and 2 May 1997 at the Bush Theatre, Fanny and Faggot at the Finborough Theatre, Stacy at the Arcola Theatre and Trafalgar Studios, Burying Your Brother in the Pavement at the National, Bunny in Edinburgh and on tour and an adaptation of Friedrich Duerrenmatt’s The Physicists at the Donmar Warehouse.
The new play is believed to be about Harry Potter’s early years and includes the story of his parents.
Baz speculates that the play could be in the West End by late 2015.
Rowling will collaborate on the show but will not write it, and will co-produce the show with Harry Potter movie producers Warner Bros, alongside West End producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender.