J. K. Rowling says it will take two parts to fully bring Harry Potter And The #Cursed Child to the stage.
Writer Jack Thorne and producer John Tiffany are working with Rowling on the play, and Rowling's Tweet on Thursday describes their project as "epic":
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) September 24, 2015
Jack Thorne gushed his reaction to the news on Pottermore:
Obviously I loved it when we decided to tell this story in two parts because I got to spend more time with the characters and what an honour that has been. [...] It continues to be unbelievable and amazing that I’ve been given this extraordinary chance to bring Harry Potter to the stage. As a fan, who just devoured the books and the films, this couldn’t be more exciting for me.
While Thorne expressed a wee bit of anxiety about the project, saying that he "hopes we can do it justice", don't be fooled. Rowling's theatrical dream team comes with street cred. Tiffany arrives on scene having won both Tony and Olivier awards, so, while expressions of anxiousness are to be expected, it sounds like the production is in capable hands.
The Cursed Child is a new chapter in the Harry Potter saga. Part One will take the stage in the Summer of 2016 at London's West End. Tickets are scheduled to go on sale this fall.