Pottermore has just announced that there will be a Special Rehearsal Edition of the script book of the new stage play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I & II.” Print and digital editions will publish simultaneously after the play’s world premiere this summer, and will feature a version of the play script at the time of the play’s preview performances.
Theatre previews allow the creative team the chance to rehearse and explore scenes further before a production’s official opening night. “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” opens for previews several weeks before its official first performance on Saturday, July 30, and the Special Rehearsal Edition of the script book will later be replaced by a Definitive Collector’s Edition.
Readers and moviegoers last saw Harry waving off his children at Platform Nine and Three-Quarters, 19 years after the Battle of Hogwarts, in the epilogue to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” picks up after that moment and is staged in two parts, due to the ‘epic nature of the story.’
The play opens in London’s West End this summer, based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany. It is officially the eighth story in Harry Potter canon and a new play by Jack Thorne.
Interest in “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” from Wizarding World fandom has been massive, and now Potter fans across the globe will be able to join Harry, Ron and Hermione on the next stage of their journey.
Jamie Parker, who originated the role of Scripps in “The History Boys,” has been cast as Harry. He is joined by Olivier Award-winning actress Noma Dumezweni as Hermione and theatre, film and TV actor Paul Thornley as Ron.