'Hunger Games' Stage Show Set for Summer 2016
The theatrical experience is coming to London
The Hunger Games is coming to the stage. A theatrical experience based on the popular young-adult novels and Lionsgate film franchise will launch in summer 2016 in a new purpose-built theater next to Wembley Stadium in London, Lionsgate announced Friday.
The company is partnering with Dutch media company Imagine Nation and U.S.-based Triangular Entertainment, who will use innovative and immersive staging techniques to bring the dystopian story to the stage.
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The theatrical experience will be produced by award-winning Broadway producer and Imagine Nation co-founder Robin de Levita, legendary U.K. promoter Harvey Goldsmith, Triangular Entertainment’s Warren Adams, Brandon Victor Dixon of WalkRunFly Productions and entertainment executives Robert Harris and R&R Media’s Gary Ricci.
De Levita recently created groundbreaking presentations for two Holland stage shows. For the sold-out Dutch musical Soldier of Orange, the audience sits in a 360-degree rotating auditorium that turns from set to set. ANNE, the first authorized play in 55 years based on The Diary of Anne Frank, uses rotating life-size stage sets.
“Robin de Levita and the entire production team are the perfect partners for extending The Hunger Games franchise into a live theatrical experience,” Lionsgate chief marketing officer Tim Palen said in a statement. “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.”
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De Levita added: “I’m thrilled to be partnering with an innovative next-generation studio like Lionsgate on a property that resonates so deeply with global audiences. The theater is a fantastic medium to bring the many meaningful layers of Suzanne Collins’ writing to life.”
The first two installments of the Hunger Games film franchise have grossed more than $1.5 billion at the worldwide box office. Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1, the first of the franchise's two-part final installment, hits theaters on Nov. 21.
The stage show is just the latest extension of Lionsgate's popular, Jennifer Lawrence-starring franchise, with the company considering a theme park among other ancillary business opportunities.