Game of Thrones is heading to the stage!
According to Variety, a stage adaptation of Game of Thrones could soon be making its way onto stages on Broadway, in London’s West End, and out in Australia.
While fans should expect to see some of their favorite Westeros characters pop up in the play, they shouldn’t expect a direct adaptation of the hit HBO fantasy series.
Instead, the plan is to center the Game of Thrones stage play on The Great Tourney at Harrenhal. Fans of Martin’s books will undoubtedly be familiar with the significant event, which takes place in Westeros 16 years prior to the events of A Song of Ice and Fire.
The event, which consisted of 10 days of tournaments, ultimately ended in Prince Rhaygar Targaryen announcing his love for Lyanna Stark— a moment that ultimately served as the catalyst for Robert’s Rebellion.
Behind the scenes, Duncan Macmillan has been tasked with co-writing the play. He’ll be working off of a story crafted by George R.R. Martin himself.
Speaking of Martin, the author elaborated a bit more on what fans can expect from the Game of Thrones stage play in a statement released following today’s (March 30) big news.
“The seeds of war are often planted in times of peace,” said the author. “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, Song of Ice & Fire… and now, at last, we can tell the whole story…on the stage.”
Martin then went on to explain that the plan is to to “bring Westeros to Broadway, to the West End, to Australia, and eventually, to a stage near you.”
Others involved behind the scenes on the project include Simon Painter, Jonathan Sanford, and Tim Lawson, who will produce in partnership with Kilburn Live. Meanwhile, Dominic Cooke will serve as director.