JK Rowling Eyes Tony Nominee to Helm 'Harry Potter' West End Play
JK Rowling wants John Tiffany and Jack Thorne for the Harry Potter play.
JK Rowling is in negotiations with John Tiffany - nominated for a Tony award for his sensational revival of The Glass Menagerie on Broadway - to helm a stage play of Harry Potter. Tiffany has previously worked on award-winning shows including Jack Thorne's Let The Right One In, Black Watch and Once.
JK Rowling Is Producing a Harry Potter Play
Tiffany has a lucrative knack of turning unconventional tales into box-office smashing theatre, though in many ways, Harry Potter may be his easiest job yet.
According to the Daily Mail, JK Rowling has met with both Tiffany and Thorne, with the intention to sign on the classy pair for a Harry Potter stage project. The drama will focus on Harry's early years as an orphan and outcast. It will also explore Potter' parents, Lily Evans and James. They were murdered by Voldemort when the boy wizard was just 15 month and Rowling believes the story is ripe for expanding on the stage.
London is the focus of discussions, with Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Group having made an early bid to secure the production. The London Palladium or the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, are most likely.
Rowling won't be writing the play, but will be collaborating and co-producing with Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender. A top Warner's executive said: "We will see what we have when it's written, and proceed from there. Remember: it's a play, not a musical; so we may not require a great big theatre."
Hot Shot Theatre Director John Tiffany