J.K. Rowling at the launch of Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire at King's Cross Station in London.
Photograph by Fred Duval — FilmMagic/Getty Images
By Benjamin Snyder
June 26, 2015

J.K. Rowling’s wildly popular Harry Potter franchise is going from the page — and the big screen — to the stage.

The play, dubbed “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” is due to open at London’s Palace Theatre in summer 2016, the Associated Press reported.

The play is not a prequel to the Harry Potter novels, but rather focuses on a part of Harry’s story that has yet to be told. The seven novels by Rowling sold over 450 million copies. There were also eight films, with another on the way in 2016.

This is the first play from the franchise and is based on work from Rowling, Jack Thorne — a stage and screenwriter — and director John Tiffany, according to the report. The production will also feature music by British songwriter Imogen Heap, the AP said.

“I’ve had countless offers to extend Harry’s story over the years, but Jack, John and (producer) Sonia Friedman are a dream team!” wrote Rowling in a tweet.

Tickets are slated to go on sale in the fall, according to the play’s official website Harrypottertheplaylondon.com.

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