J.K. Rowling has confirmed the name of the Harry Potter theater production that will debut in London’s West End next year.

The theater drama will be titled Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and will open at the Palace Theatre in the heart of London this autumn, with more details being revealed at the end of July.

J.K. Rowling originally announced that a play was being developed back in December 2013, and today she took to Twitter to comment on the news and share her excitement:

Today is a very special day for two reasons. Firstly, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was published in the UK 18 years ago!

I’m also very excited to confirm today that a new play called Harry Potter and the #CursedChild will be opening in London next year. 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.

However, I can say that it is not a prequel! To answer one inevitable (and reasonable!) question – why isn’t #CursedChild 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.

The Cursed Child will delve into what happened to Harry’s parents — Lily and James Potter — before they were killed by Lord Voldemort; and will explore the early years of an infant Harry that was forced to be raised in miserable circumstances by his mother’s sister, Petunia and her husband Vernon.

Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender are producing, with choreographer Steven Hoggett, set designer Christine Jones and costume designer Katrina Lindsay as part of the team.

Informal casting is said to have started already, with the play’s creative team keeping an eye on up-and-coming young actors for the lead roles.

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