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Harry Potter stage play to premiere in the West End next summer

A new Harry Potter stage show is to premiere in the West End next summer.

Based on a story created by JK Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will open at the Palace Theatre in summer 2016.

The play – a brand new story – is written by Thorne and will be directed by Tiffany, and is produced in the West End by Sonia Friedman Productions, Colin Callender’s Playground Entertainment and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions.

Thorne and Tiffany previously worked together on the National Theatre of Scotland production of Let the Right One In [1] alongside movement director Steven Hoggett, who will also work on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

Writing on her Twitter account [2], Rowling confirmed the play would not be a prequel.

She added: “It will tell a new story, which is the result of a collaboration between writer Jack Thorne, director John Tiffany and myself. I don’t want to say too much more, because I don’t want to spoil what I know will be a real treat for fans.”

Continuing, she said: “To answer one inevitable (and reasonable) question – why isn’t Cursed Child a new novel? – I am confident that when audiences see the play they will agree that it was the only proper medium for the story. I’ve had countless offers to extend Harry’s story over the years, but Jack, John and Sonia Friedman are a dream team. It has been a huge pleasure to share with them (and soon, with you) this untold part of Harry’s story.”

Alongside music composed by Imogen Heap, the production will feature set design by Christine Jones, costumes by Katrina Lindsay, lighting by Neil Austin, sound by Gareth Fry special effects by Jeremy Chernick.