The early years of wizard Harry Potter will be explored in a new stage play, to be co-produced by author JK Rowling, it has been announced.
Rowling will work with producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender, though she will not write the script herself. The author said she had “received countless approaches” over the years “about turning Harry Potter into a theatrical production.”
“After a year in gestation it is exciting to see this project moving on to the next phase.”
The play will be staged in the UK and will explore “the previously untold story of Harry's early years as an orphan and outcast,” according to its producers. “Writers and directors are now being considered, and the project will move into development in 2014,” they said.
Earlier this year the author revealed she would be making her screenwriting debut on a new Potter-themed film series for the Warner Bros studio.