The author of the seven-volume Harry Potter series, will be a co-producer and collaborate with a writer on the play, which it is hoped will hit the stage in 2015.
Rowling said: "Over the years I have received countless approaches about turning Harry Potter into a theatrical production, but Sonia [Friedman] and Colin [Callender]'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. After a year in gestation it is exciting to see this project moving on to the next phase."
She thanked Warner Bros – makers of the Harry Potter films – "for their continuing support in this project".
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the first in the book series, which sold more than 450m copies worldwide, launched the 10-year-old wizard – then living in a cupboard under the stairs of his aunt and uncle's home – on a journey through seven novels and eight films featuring Daniel Radcliffe and his friends at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
London and New York producers Callender and Friedman said the play would tell "the previously untold story of Harry Potter's early years as an orphan and outcast". Friedman is one of the producers behind West End hit The Book of Mormon, while Callender worked on the Broadway play Lucky Guy, starring Tom Hanks.
A Harry Potter-inspired film, based on Hogwarts textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is already in the pipeline. Announcing it earlier this year, Rowling said: "Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards, where I was so happy for 17 years, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world."
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