The first-ever stage adaptation of the internationally-acclaimed novel and blockbuster film, The Hunger Games, is set to premiere in London next autumn (2024) – and before I go any further, I just want to make it extremely clear that if they’re looking for someone to take on the role of Katniss Everdeen; I will happily volunteer as tribute.
Making its global stage debut, the theatrical production will be based on the first book from Suzanne Collin‘s epic series, which was also the basis of the first film in Lionsgate‘s iconic movie franchise.
Oliver award-winning playwright, Conor McPherson, has written the adaptation. Heralded by the New York Times as the best playwright of his generation, we’ve got high expectations, that’s for sure. Renowned director, Matthew Dunster, will be steering the ship directorially and together with a world-class creative team, will be bringing the show to life.
Set in a dystopian future, ‘The Hunger Games‘ follows the story of fearless heroine, Katniss Everdeen, who volunteers to fight in place of her sister, when 24 young tributes are pitted against each other in a deadly battle for survival. This brand-new stage production will be a thrilling tale of courage, defiance, and resilience.
Joining McPherson and Dunster on the creative team are Miriam Buether (set designer), Moi Tran (costume designer), Charlotte Broom (choreographer), Lucy Carter (lighting designer), Ian Dickinson (sound designer), Tal Rosner (video designer), Chris Fisher (illusions) Kev McCurdy (fight director), John Maddox (performer flying), Amy Ball (casting director), and Gary Beestone (production manager). Casting is yet to be announced.
Suzanne Collins, best-selling author of “The Hunger Games” series, said: “I’m very excited to be collaborating with the amazing team of Conor McPherson and Matthew Dunster as they bring their dynamic and innovative interpretation of ‘The Hunger Games’ to the London stage.”
Conor McPherson said: “To receive Suzanne Collins’ blessing to adapt ‘The Hunger Games’ for the stage is both humbling and inspiring. She has created a classic story which continues to resonate now more than ever. In a world where the truth itself seems increasingly up for grabs, ‘The Hunger Games’ beautifully expresses values of resilience, self-reliance and independent moral inquiry for younger people especially. This is turbo charged storytelling of the highest order and I’m hugely excited to bring it to a new generation of theatre goers and to Suzanne Collins’ longstanding and devoted fans.”
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