The Hunger Games is heading to the London stage as a theatre adaptation of the Suzanne Collins book series arrives in the capital next year.
Already adapted for film with Jennifer Lawrence in the lead role of Katniss Everdeen, the stage adaptation will tell the story of the first book which features a young woman volunteering for the life or death Hunger Games in place of her baby sister.
While the venue for the show has not yet been revealed, the stage adaptation will premiere in autumn 2024 and is being adapted by Conor McPherson and directed by Matthew Dunster.
The Hunger Games on stage
Author Collins said in a statement: "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."
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.
"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."
Dunster also expressed his excitement in a statement, saying: "It is the most exciting work call I’ve ever had."
The Hunger Games was originally published in 2008 and quickly became a best-seller that spawned two sequels. The trilogy has sold over 65 million copies worldwide. A prequel was later released in 2020.
The book was initially adapted for film in 2012 with Lawrence as Everdeen with the likes of Woody Harrelson, Liam Hemsworth and Stanley Tucci among the ensemble. The other two books were then split into three films and grossed nearly $3 billion.
A film adaptation of the prequel – The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes – is set to be released next month and stars Rachel Zegler and Tom Blyth.
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