Just as the actors of Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 attend their world premieres, a new production will be beginning to bring the story to the stage. Continuing the expansion of its global blockbuster Hunger Games franchise into new businesses, Lionsgate is teaming with Dutch media company Imagine Nation and U.S. based Triangular Entertainment to bring The Hunger Games to the stage using innovative and immersive staging techniques, the companies announced today. The Hunger Games theatrical experience will launch in summer 2016 in a brand new purpose-built theater next to Wembley Stadium in London, UK.
The Hunger Games theatrical experience will be produced by award-winning Broadway producer Robin de Levita, co-founder of Imagine Nation, along with legendary UK promoter Harvey Goldsmith, Triangular Entertainment’s Warren Adams and Brandon Victor Dixon of WalkRunFly Productions and entertainment executives Robert Harris and R&R Media’s Gary Ricci.
De Levita has recently created groundbreaking presentation formats for two productions in Holland. Soldier of Orange, the hit Dutch musical, has been sold out since it opened four years ago. The audience sits in a 360-degree rotating auditorium that turns from set to set creating an unforgettable experience. ANNE, the first authorized play in 55 years based on The Diary of Anne Frank, uses rotating life sized stage sets. ANNE premiered in May 2014 in Amsterdam and has received rave reviews from around the globe.
“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.”
“I’m thrilled to be partnering with an innovative next generation studio like Lionsgate on a property that resonates so deeply with global audiences,” said De Levita. “The theater is a fantastic medium to bring the many meaningful layers of Suzanne Collins’ writing to life.”
Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore, Natalie Dormer, Stanley Tucci and Donald Sutherland will join the delegation in London for the film’s UK world premiere in Leicester Square. Fans in the U.S. who purchase tickets on Fandango October 29th during the first 24 hours of advance sales will be entered for a chance to win a trip to the London Premiere. All of the cast will reconvene for the Los Angeles premiere, which will take place on November 17th at the Nokia Live Theater.
The first Hunger Games film generated nearly $700 million at the worldwide box office. The second film in the franchise, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, was the #1 domestic film of 2013 and the 10th highest-grossing North American release of all time, grossing over $860 million around the world and bringing the combined global box office of the first two films to over $1.5 billion.