In a new interview with Whats On Stage
, John Tiffany looks back at his responsibility to make sure the Harry Potter
franchise didn't end up boring.
Did you ever hesitate when taking on something as big as that?
Yes, I suppose that was to do with the responsibility of what I knew this meant to theatre. I knew a huge amount of the audience would be first time theatregoers. I wanted to make sure we could deliver something that wasn't disappointing. I had read those books with my nephews and God-kids and had seen how they connect with the emotional heart of it. I knew that I didn't want to be the person that made Harry Potter boring. I also knew I would have to call on all my collaborators from over the years. I would need everybody standing with me. It took two years full-time work. But if you're going to do it for one project, it might as well be this one.