Harry Potter play to open at Palace Theatre in 2016
The news every Potter fan has been waiting for is finally here
You've read all the books, you've watched all the films, you've probably even been out to Watford to visit the Warner Bros studios, and now you can watch the play.
Thorne and Tiffany worked together on John Ajvide Lindqvist's Let the Right One In, which ran at the Apollo Theatre last year, and are now set to tell the story of Potter's pre-Hogwarts years in a production co-produced by Rowling along with Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender.
According to the Daily Mail, one of the play's themes will be exploring what happened to Harry's parents before they were killed by Lord Voldemort.
Author JK Rowling shed a little more light on the project on her twitter this morning:
It will tell a new story, which is the result of a collaboration between writer Jack Thorne, director John Tiffany and myself. #CursedChild— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 26, 2015
However, I can say that it is not a prequel! #CursedChild— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 26, 2015
To answer one inevitable (and reasonable!) question - why isn't #CursedChild a new novel? - I am confident that when audiences see the play— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 26, 2015
they will agree that it was the only proper medium for the story. #CursedChild— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 26, 2015
John Tiffany's other directing credits include Once, Black Watch and The Glass Menagerie on Broadway. Jack Thorne's other plays include Bunny, When You Cure Me and an adaptation of Friedrich Duerrenmatt's The Physicists.
The Harry Potter series, comprising of seven books, has sold over 450 million copies since the first one - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - was released in 1997.