It has recently been announced that Brent Council has approved plans to build a new hi-tech theatre at Wembley, which is rumoured to become home to the stage version of The Hunger Games in 2016.
Designed by Tony Award-winning Broadway producer Robin de Levita, the 1300-seat Wembley venue will include a 360-degree rotating stage to immerse audiences and lend itself perfectly to the action packed Hunger Games. Built as part of the redevelopment of Wembley Park and featuring a bar and restaurant, the theatre will supposedly remain for a decade and will create hundreds of jobs.
Levita is well-known for his Olivier Award-winning production of The Who’s Tommy, and is rumoured to be working alongside esteemed promoter Harvey Goldsmith for the possible production of The Hunger Games.
Since the release of the Lionsgate films starring Jennifer Lawrence, Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games trilogy has become a world-famous franchise and has generated a passionate young readership. With the books and films grossing more than $1.5 billion at the worldwide box office, the story about Katniss Everdeen’s struggle to survive in a bleak dystopian future is hugely popular across the globe.
Lionsgate is also said to be supporting the proposed project alongside Levita’s Dutch company Imagine Nation, which is renowned for using state-of-the-art technology as part of immersive theatrical experiences. Their most recent production ANNE, which is based on the original diaries of Anne Frank, fused video with movable and rotating sets and received huge critical acclaim for its ground-breaking staging that challenged the relationship between performance and audience. There is no doubt that if this company did produce The Hunger Games, it would certainly be unlike anything London has ever seen.