Game of Thrones is headed to Broadway. A dramatic stage present spectacular primarily based on George R.R. Martin’s fantasy world is now in improvement, The Hollywood Reporter has realized solely.
The play is from producers Simon Painter and Tim Lawson (The Illusionists), in partnership with Kilburn Reside, and could have a narrative by Martin, who’s working alongside award-winning playwright Duncan MacMillan (1984) and acclaimed director Dominic Cooke (The Courier). The group’s objective is to debut productions in New York Metropolis, London’s West Finish and in Australia. The primary present is predicted to launch in 2023.
The manufacturing features a notably distinctive story aspect that needs to be an enormous draw for followers: Whereas many prequel tasks have been put into improvement since Thrones concluded in 2019, it will mark the primary to deliver again a number of of probably the most beloved Game of Thrones characters. The as-yet-untitled play is ready throughout a pivotal second in Westeros historical past, The Nice Tourney at Harrenhal, a contest that happened simply 16 years earlier than the occasions in Game of Thrones.
“The play will for the primary time take audiences deeper behind the scenes of a landmark occasion that beforehand was shrouded in thriller,” reads the play’s official description. “That includes most of the most iconic and well-known characters from the collection, the manufacturing will boast a narrative centered round love, vengeance, insanity and the risks of dealing in prophecy, within the course of revealing secrets and techniques and lies which have solely been hinted at till now.”
In Westeros lore, the Nice Tourney was held over 10 days and was thought of the most important competitors occasion in Westeros historical past, with tournaments of jousting, archery and extra. No characters have but been formally confirmed for the play. However in keeping with Martin’s beforehand revealed books, attendees of the occasion included a younger, shy Ned Stark, his rebellious sister Lyanna, cocky teenage Jaime Lannister, highly effective Lord Robert Baratheon, lovestruck Prince Rhaegar Targaryen, dashing Prince Oberyn Martell and noble knight Ser Barristan Selmy, amongst many others (take into account, Martin’s Westeros timeline is completely different than the HBO collection because the present needed to age-up a number of characters to be able to rent actors who might work with grownup materials).
Another characters who have been round throughout that point interval and who might likewise, in idea, be included the present embrace Cersei Lannister, Tywin Lannister, Tyrion Lannister, Littlefinger and Varys. Youthful characters from the collection – equivalent to Daenerys Targaryen, Jon Snow and Arya Stark – weren’t but born. On the conclusion of the occasion, Prince Rhaegar publicly declared his love for Robert’s betrothed, Lyanna Stark – a transfer which led to Robert’s Rebel and the Targaryens being overthrown.
“The seeds of struggle are sometimes planted in instances of peace,” Martin stated in a press release. “Few in Westeros knew the carnage to come back when highborn and smallfolk alike gathered at Harrenhal to observe the best knights of the realm compete in an ideal tourney, throughout the 12 months of the False Spring. It’s a tourney oft referred throughout HBO’s Game of Thrones, and in my novels, A Music of Ice & Hearth … and now, eventually, we are able to inform the entire story… on the stage.”
The franchise growth to the stage is harking back to J.K. Rowling’s transfer after the conclusion of the writer’s Harry Potter saga. Rowling unveiled an acclaimed two-part special-effects-stuffed stage present, Harry Potter and the Cursed Baby, which included fan-favorite characters from a really completely different time interval than in her books. Cursed Baby debuted in London in 2016 after which expanded to Broadway, Melbourne and Toronto. By 2019, Cursed Child was reportedly the highest-grossing non-musical in Broadway historical past, having made greater than $146 million till it was shut down by the coronavirus pandemic.
Added Martin approximately the Game of Thrones manufacturing: “A tremendous group has been assembled to inform the story, beginning with producers Simon Painter, Tim Lawson and Jonathan Sanford. Their data and love of my world and characters has impressed me from the very first, and their plans for this manufacturing blew me absent for the reason that first time we met. Dominic Cooke, our director, is a former inventive director of London’s Royal Courtroom Theatre, who introduced Shakespeare’s dramas of the Warfare of the Roses to tv, and our playwright, Duncan Macmillan, has beforehand tailored George Orwell and Henrik Ibsen, amongst others. Working with them (again earlier than the pandemic, once we might truly get collectively) has been a deal with, and I’m anticipating our collaboration to renew. Our dream is to deliver Westeros to Broadway, to the West Finish, to Australia… and ultimately, to a stage close to you … It should be spectacular.”
(The Warfare of the Roses, by the way, was additionally one among Martin’s real-life inspirations for ASOIAF).
MacMillan’s theatrical work contains Lungs; People, Locations and Things; Every Brilliant Thing; and an adaptation of 1984. His work has been carried out all through the world, together with on the Nationwide Theatre, the Outdated Vic, the Royal Courtroom, within the West Finish and on Broadway. His display work has appeared on the BBC, HBO, Netflix and on the Berlin and London Movie Festivals.
“I’ve such admiration for George’s world and his characters,” MacMillan stated. “His generosity and belief throughout this course of has been unbelievable. Engaged on this play throughout lockdown has felt like an actual privilege. I can’t wait till we could be again in a theatre to expertise this collectively.”
Director Cooke beforehand was the Inventive Director of London’s Royal Courtroom Theatre from 2007 to 2013. His manufacturing of Sondheim’s Follies on the Nationwide Theatre, the place he’s an affiliate, was nominated for 10 Olivier awards. He just lately transitioned to TV and movie with a number of titles together with The Courier starring Benedict Cumberbatch.
“I’m over the moon at being given the chance, by the dynamic producing group of Tim Lawson, Simon Painter and Kilburn Reside, to deliver a brand new installment of George RR Martin’s epic story to a life on stage,” Cooke stated. “One among George’s inspirations for the unique books was Shakespeare’s historical past performs so the fabric lends itself naturally to the theatre. Duncan MacMillan and I are having a good time digging into the dynastic energy struggles on the coronary heart of George’s extraordinary imaginative world and he has been massively beneficiant and supportive in direction of each of us.”
HBO just isn’t formally concerned with the challenge at this level however has the choice to put money into the manufacturing at a later date. Along with Painter and Lawson, Vince Gerardis and Jonathan Sanford may also function government producers.