From Billy Elliot and Shrek to Hairspray and Dirty Dancing, London theatres are constantly heaving with film-inspired stage productions. But the latest to join their ranks promises to be one of the most ambitious theatre adaptations to date.
Hit Hollywood franchise The Hunger Games – starring Jennifer Lawrence as heroine Katniss Everdeen – is to be turned into an “innovative” new stage show in a purpose-built theatre next to Wembley Statium.
The new production will open in summer 2016, created by Tony Award-winning producer Robin de Levita, the man who created a rotating auditorium for Dutch musical Soldier of Orange.
Announced by Lionsgate, the show will see the film studio team up with Dutch media company Imagine Nation and Triangular Entertainment to recreate the post-apocalyptic world that serves as a backdrop to Suzanne Collins’ best-selling trilogy.
“Their creative genius, combined with world-class production values and state-of-the-art technology will provide a uniquely immersive experience for fans around the world,” said Tim Palen, Lionsgate’s chief marketing officer.
“The theatre is a fantastic medium to bring the many meaningful layers of Suzanne Collins’ writing to life,” added de Levita.
As yet, there are no further details on just how the flamboyant Capitol and stark Districts will be brought to life on stage, or the plans to build the new theatre that will house the production.
Also featuring Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Sam Claflin, Stanley Tucci, Julianne Moore and Philip Seymour Hoffman, the franchise will conclude next year with the final film, Mockingjay – Part 2, scheduled for release in November 2015.