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Westeros to Broadway: Game of Thrones to take the stage

Great news for Game of Thrones fans; a dramatic stage show spectacular will be bringing the world of Westeros back to life on Australia’s stages!

Producers Simon Painter and Melbourne-based Tim Lawson, in partnership with Kilburn Live, announced plans today, 31 March, for a stage production around pop culture juggernaut, Game of Thrones.

The theatrical production is now in development for a 2023 debut, bringing Westeros to Broadway and eventually to Australia.

With 10 million viewers on HBO, the series took the world by storm, originating author George R.R Martin’s 1996 novel A Game of Thrones. While the final book of the series is yet to be published, the final season aired in 2019 causing a whirlwind of comments and complaints about what some consider a disappointing ending.

Set during a pivotal moment in the HBO series, the play will take audiences deeper behind the scenes of a landmark franchise event that previously was shrouded in mystery.

It has been announced the production will boast a story centred on love, vengeance, madness and the dangers of dealing in prophecy, while revealing secrets and lies that have only been hinted at until now.

“The seeds of war are often planted in times of peace,” said George R.R. Martin.

“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 and Fire… and now, at last, we can tell the whole story … on the stage.”

Working alongside Martin, the play is being written and adapted by award-winning playwright, Duncan MacMillan, and helmed by acclaimed UK director, Dominic Cooke.

Martin said an amazing team has been assembled to tell the tale.  

“Their knowledge and love of my world and characters has impressed me from the very first, and their plans for this production blew me away since the first time we met.

“Dominic Cooke, our director, is a former artistic director of London’s Royal Court Theatre, who brought Shakespeare’s dramas of the War of the Roses to television, and our playwright, Duncan Macmillan, has previously adapted George Orwell and Henrik Ibsen, among others,” he said.

“It ought to be spectacular.”

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