Game of Thrones is heading to Broadway with a new prequel play
Game of Thrones has typically been known as out for its near-Shakespearean ranges of intrigue and theatrical drama. So it’s not precisely a shock that the following transfer for the franchise is to the stage: a new Broadway present based mostly on George R.R. Martin’s well-liked fantasy sequence is now within the works, in accordance to a new report from The Hollywood Reporter.
The objective is to stage the Game of Thrones play beginning in 2023, with plans for productions in New York Metropolis, London’s West Finish, and Australia. Dominic Cooke is set to direct, with Simon Painter and Tim Lawson on board as producers.
The play is stated to be a prequel set throughout The Nice Tourney at Harrenhal, 16 years earlier than the occasions of Martin’s A Music of Ice and Fireplace e-book sequence (and Game of Thrones, HBO’s blockbuster TV sequence adaptation). Followers will acknowledge that match as the beginning of the pivotal occasions within the lead-up to the books and present, which (delicate spoilers) would ultimately lead to Robert Baratheon’s riot and the overthrow of the Targaryen dynasty.
And whereas HBO isn’t concerned within the manufacturing (no less than for now), the as-yet-unnamed play would give followers a likelihood to revisit well-liked characters like Ned Stark, Jaime Lannister, Robert Baratheon, Oberyn Martell, Barristan Selmy, Arthur Dayne, and Prince Rhaegar Targaryen.
“The seeds of struggle are sometimes planted in occasions of peace,” Martin stated in a assertion to THR. “Few in Westeros knew the carnage to come when highborn and smallfolk alike gathered at Harrenhal to watch the best knights of the realm compete in a nice tourney, in the course of the 12 months of the False Spring. It is a tourney oft referred throughout HBO’s Game of Thrones, and in my novels, A Music of Ice and Fireplace … and now, ultimately, we will inform the entire story… on the stage.”
Martin is concerned within the manufacturing and is working with playwright Duncan Macmillan on the story. That provides one more merchandise to his already crowded plate of tasks, together with serving as an government producer on Home of the Dragon and no less than two different TV exhibits and his new five-figure deal with HBO to develop new exhibits and movies for HBO Max. Moreover, HBO is already engaged on no less than 5 extra Game of Thrones spinoffs, which can presumably see Martin’s involvement in some style. And of course, there’s his work on the long-awaited last books in his A Music of Ice and Fireplace sequence — The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring — which Martin has been engaged on for practically a decade.
Martin’s sequence wouldn’t be the primary main fantasy story to make the bounce from web page to display screen to stage. The obvious precedent is Harry Potter and the Cursed Little one, the two-part Potter play that serves as a sequel to the favored sequence of books, with a story from writer J.Okay. Rowling that continues the occasions of the sequence. That play, which opened in London in 2016, has since expanded with productions on Broadway in NYC and in Melbourne, with a deliberate run in Toronto set for 2022. Cursed Little one has additionally been a essential and industrial success, profitable six Tony Awards in 2018 (together with Greatest Play) and bringing in record-setting revenues — regardless of a considerably lukewarm reception by followers of the story itself.
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