See ‘The Hunger Games’ Live On Stage in 2016

By November 7, 2014
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We’re only a couple of weeks away from the release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, but next November, the franchise comes to an end with Mockingjay – Part 2. Since this series of films has been Lionsgate’s major moneymaker since the Twilight franchise wrapped up, you can bet the studio is looking to extend the brand as much as they can to continue cashing in on the adventures of Katniss any way they know how. And now a long-rumored event has been confirmed: Screencrush reports that Lionsgate is teaming with Imagine Nation and Triangular Entertainment to bring a live The Hunger Games show to the stage in London beginning in 2016.

The performance will be held at the famous Wembley Stadium and will take place in a new theater built specifically for the show; the execs at Lionsgate are promising a “uniquely immersive experience for fans around the world,” so presumably this newly-constructed theater will contain ways of putting the audience in the action of the games and allow them to experience the world of Panem firsthand. It probably won’t be long until this show expands to other major cities, so if you’re such a diehard Hunger Games fan that you know you’re going to be heartbroken when there are no more new movies to watch, this could be a cool way to keep your fandom flame burning.

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The outlet also mentions that in addition to the live stage show, Lionsgate is working on “The Hunger Games: The Exhibition” for Summer 2015 that contains props, costumes, and other elements” from the movies displayed for the public, and that there have been discussions of leasing out the property for use at theme parks, so you might be able to have an even more immersive experience one day on a Hunger Games-themed ride.

Personally, I’m not enough of a fan of this series to be super stoked about all of these developments (I liked Catching Fire and Mockingjay – Part 1 looks good, but I’m far from a devotee), but I’m sure there are plenty of you out there who are already dying to check out this new stage show in person. I want to hear from you guys: what would you like to see in the show? If you were designing it, how would you immerse the crowd in a Hunger Games-esque experience?

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