The Hunger Games stage show to premiere in London in 2024
The Hunger Games stage show has been announced and it’s having its world premiere in London.
The stage adaption of the original book and film will debut at a London venue in autumn 2024, with more details to be revealed.
It’s being adapted by Conor McPherson and directed by Matthew Dunster (The Pillowman) and will follow the protagonist Katniss Everdeen.
The popular franchise – which spawned two sequels and a prequel as well as film adaptions – is set in a dystopian world where teenagers from different “districts” are forced to fight one another for the entertainment of a malevolent aristocracy.
Suzanne Collins, the author of the 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.”
'The Hunger Games' Play Heading To London's West End In Fall 2024; 'Girl From The North Country's Conor McPherson To Adapt First Novel & Film https://t.co/n9DAAV2mC3— Deadline Hollywood (@DEADLINE) October 24, 2023
McPherson added: “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.
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“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 longstanding and devoted fans.”
The film adaption of The Hunger Games was released in 2012 and became a huge success, setting box office records.
It starred Jennifer Lawrence in the lead role of Katniss Everdeen alongside Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson and Elizabeth Banks.
The casting, venue and ticket details for the stage adaption will be confirmed at a later date, so watch this space.
Hunter Schafer stars in The Hunger Games prequel
The upcoming prequel, set 64 tears before the original Hunger Games instalment is being released in cinemas this November.
Entitled The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes, it’s based on the 2020 novel of the same name and follows an 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow, tracing the events that led him to eventually become the tyrannical leader of Panem.
In the lead up to the 10th annual Hunger Games, the young Snow realises he’s been selected to mentor Lucy Gray Baird (West Side Story’s Rachel Zegler), the young tribute from poor District 12. Over time, as Lucy Gray captures the attention of Panem, her connection with Snow grows stronger.
The new trailer for ‘THE HUNGER GAMES: THE BALLAD OF SONGBIRDS AND SNAKES’— Film Updates (@FilmUpdates) September 20, 2023
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As their bond evolves, they combine their skills to turn the odds (ever) in their favour, with the hope of surviving the death match, and preserving Snow’s family legacy.
The film will also feature Euphoria star Schafer as Tigris Snow, the cousin and right-hand woman to Coriolanus.
In the near three-minute trailer, Schafer’s Tigris can be seen arm-in-arm with her cousin, and voicing her thoughts as his voice of reason.
“Imagine it was your name that they pulled,” she urges him in one scene. “I’d just wanna know that somebody still cared about me, that I was still of value.”
The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes lands in cinemas on 17 November.
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