Popular Franchise Comes To The Stage. Report by Charlotte Birch.
Everyone’s favourite trio, Katniss, Peeta and Gale are branching out from the silver screen and taking to the stage. In 2016, Wembley Park will play host to The Hunger Games theatrical experience, using innovative and immersive staging techniques. The Hunger Games theatrical experience will launch in summer 2016 in a brand new purpose-built theatre in Wembley Park next to Wembley Stadium and Arena in London, UK.
At the helm of this stage production is legendary Broadway producer Robin de Levita (Soldier of Orange, ANNE) who will be working alongside Harvey Goldsmith, Warren Adams (Triangular Entertainment), Brandon Victor Dixon (WalkRunFly), Robert Harris and Gary Ricci (R&R Media).
Robin de Levita is the co founder of Imagine Nation who has produced more than 80 theatre productions across seven countries. He’s won both a Laurence Olivier and a Tony Award, for Titanic and Tommy respectively. His recent ventures have been Dutch musical Soldier of Orange which has been a sell out since it opened in 2010. More recently in May, he premiered the innovative play ANNE to rave reviews. Sat in a 360 degree rotating auditorium, the audience experiences events based upon ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’.
Of his new venture Robin de Levita said: “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 theatre is a fantastic medium to bring the many meaningful layers of Suzanne Collins’ writing to life.”
Lionsgate, home of The Hunger Games franchise, have applauded de Levita’s appointment as producer of the latest extension of their blockbuster success.
“Robin de Levita and the entire production team are the perfect partners for extending The Hunger Games franchise into a live theatrical experience,” said Lionsgate Chief Marketing Officer Tim Palen. “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.”
The phenomenon sold 80 million books globally, spent six years on The New York Times bestseller list and has already grossed $1.5 billion worldwide with the two final instalments yet to be released – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 will hit cinemas on the 21st November.