If you had any doubt that Game of Thrones was changing into a media drive to be reckoned with after the tip of the spectacularly fashionable present, this could put it to relaxation. Not solely is HBO growing seven potential spin-off collection, the story can also be coming to Broadway, per The Hollywood Reporter.
It feels like this manufacturing has been within the works for some time. The play will depict the occasions of the Tourney at Harrenhal, a key occasion in Game of Thrones historical past. Before Robert’s Rebellion broke out, Aerys “the Mad King” Targaryen attended a large tourney that lasted 10 days, with jousting and melees and the works. Younger variations of many characters we all know attended, together with Ned Stark, Benjen Stark, Robert Baratheon, Oberyn Martell, Ser Barristan Selmy, Jaime Lannister, and extra.
The large showstopper got here on the finish, when Prince Rhaegar Targaryen gained the tourney and topped Lyanna Stark the queen of love and sweetness, inserting a crown of blue winter roses in her lap. This was an enormous scandal, since Rhaegar was married to Elia Martell on the time and Lyanna was betrothed to Robert Baratheon. Rhaegar and Lyanna absconded to Dorne not lengthy after this, immediately setting off Robert’s Rebellion.
It is, to place it bluntly, an ideal freaking story, and I can undoubtedly see it working as a play. It’s definitely extra wieldy than, say, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, one other instance of an enormous franchise that was later become a stage play. That play has an enormous scope that needed to be unfold throughout two completely different exhibits. On the opposite hand, the occasions of the Tourney at Harrenhal are good and localized, which make them a superb match for the stage. But hey, Cursed Child made a boatload of cash, so I’m certain the producers could be glad if The Tourney at Harrenhal (the play doesn’t have title but however I’m simply gonna name it that for now) adopted in its footsteps.
George R.R. Martin is growing a Game of Thrones play concerning the Tourney at Harrenhal
And simply who’re the producers? It begins with George R.R. Martin, who’s growing the story. “The seeds of war are often planted in times of peace,” Martin mentioned in a press release, lifting a line from his ebook Fire & Blood. “Few in Westeros knew the carnage to come when highborn and smallfolk alike gathered at Harrenhal to watch the finest knights of the realm compete in a great tourney, during the Year of the False Spring. It is a tourney oft referred during HBO’s Game of Thrones, and in my novels, A Song of Ice & Fire … and now, at last, we can tell the whole story… on the stage.”
An superb crew has been assembled to inform the story, beginning with producers Simon Painter, Tim Lawson and Jonathan Sanford. Their information and love of my world and characters has impressed me from the very first, and their plans for this manufacturing blew me away because the first time we met. Dominic Cooke, our director, is a former inventive director of London’s Royal Court Theatre, who introduced Shakespeare’s dramas of the War 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, after we may truly get collectively) has been a deal with, and I’m anticipating our collaboration to renew. Our dream is to carry Westeros to Broadway, to the West End, to Australia… and ultimately, to a stage close to you … It should be spectacular.
Duncan Macmillan, the author, additionally weighed in: “I have such admiration for George’s world and his characters. His generosity and trust during this process has been incredible. Working on this play during lockdown has felt like a real privilege. I can’t wait until we can be back in a theatre to experience this together.”
And director Dominic Cooke: “I am over the moon at being given the opportunity, by the dynamic producing team of Tim Lawson, Simon Painter and Kilburn Live, to bring a new installment of George RR Martin’s epic story to a life on stage. One of George’s inspirations for the original books was Shakespeare’s history plays so the material lends itself naturally to the theatre. Duncan MacMillan and I are having a great time digging into the dynastic power struggles at the heart of George’s extraordinary imaginative world and he has been hugely generous and supportive towards both of us.”
Finally, we have now an official description:
The play will for the primary time take audiences deeper behind the scenes of a landmark occasion that beforehand was shrouded in thriller. Featuring many of probably the most iconic and well-known characters from the collection, the manufacturing will boast a narrative centered round love, vengeance, insanity and the hazards of dealing in prophecy, within the course of revealing secrets and techniques and lies which have solely been hinted at till now.
Obviously, so much of theaters are nonetheless closed down proper now due to the pandemic, however producers are focusing on a debut date of 2023, so some time off. As Martin says, they’re hoping to premiere The Tourney at Harrenhal on Broadway in New York City, on London’s West End and in Australia earlier than it spreads out.
This information comes scorching on the report that Martin has signed an extremely profitable deal to develop content material for HBO. (According to THR, HBO will not be immediately concerned within the play, though it’ll have an possibility to take a position later. As you’ll be able to see, Martin isn’t writing or directing the play, and the story was just about already in place, so I doubt it’ll take too a lot time away from his work on The Winds of Winter. That mentioned, this could’t be excellent news for followers wishing he’d buckle down and simply give attention to the ebook.
As for the information itself, I believe it sounds fairly thrilling! I’ve all the time wished to see the Tourney at Harrenhal depicted, and though I’d gladly take a display screen adaptation, it does seem to be a sensible choice for the stage if that’s the way in which they wish to go.
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