Theatre which will stage The Hunger Games planned for Wembley
PUBLISHED: 08:00 20 December 2014
A state-of-art theatre which will host a stage adaptation of multimedia franchise The Hunger Games is planned in the heart of Wembley.
Lionsgate, home to The Hunger Games franchises, legendary UK promoter Harvey Goldsmith CBE and Dutch media company Imagine Nation will team up to create the 1,300 seater playhouse next door to the national stadium.
The stage version will be co-produced by Robin De Levita who has 80 productions under his belt across seven countries.
A co-founder of Imagine Nation, Mr De Levita, has won a string of accolades for his work which includes Tony Awards for Titanic, 42nd Street and Into the Woods, plus a Laurence Olivier Award for The Who’s Tommy.
The new theatre will feature a 360-degree rotating auditorium which was created by Mr De Levita in Holland.
The innovative staging technique allows the audience to capture the trilogy, written by Suzanne Collins, from all angles.
Mr De Levita said: “I’m thrilled to be partnering with an innovative next generation studio like Lionsgate on a property that resonates so deeply with global audiences.
“The theatre is a fantastic medium to bring the many meaningful layers of Suzanne Collins’ writing to life.”
The theatre will also boast a bar, a restaurant and other facilities and will created more than 100 jobs.
The proposals have been submitted to Brent Council and if the plans are given the green light it will open next summer.
The theatre will open as part of the £3.4billion regeneration of Wembley Park.
So far Quintain, the developers behind the 25-year project, have delivered the London Designer Outlet (LDO), a five-star Hilton hotel, a new urban public square outside the SSE Arena (Wembley Arena), he refurbishment of the Grade II Listed SSE Arena, a nine-screen cinema, 525 new homes, including 286 affordable apartments and 660 new student accommodation rooms.
The theatre isn’t the first time Mr Goldsmith has been involved with a big project in Wembley.
He also played a part in the historical Band Aid concert which was held at Wembley Stadium in 1985.
The theatre’s opening will coincide with the celebrated event’s 30th anniversary.
The concert, which raised more than £150million for starving children in Africa, was the brainchild of singers Bob Geldof and Midge Ure.
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