Game of Thrones heading to the stage

A Game of Thrones stage play is being developed for Broadway, the West End, and Australia.

Game of Thrones groupGeorge R. R. Martin is reportedly working on a theatrical adaptation of his A Song of Fire and Ice book series and the hit HBO show. According to The Guardian, the story will be set 16 years before the events of the first book and the first season of the series, during the Great Tourney at Harrenhal.

Here is the official description of the show:

“The play will for the first time take audiences deeper behind the scenes of a landmark event that previously was shrouded in mystery. Featuring many of the most iconic and well-known characters from the series, the production will boast a story centered around love, vengeance, madness and the dangers of dealing in prophecy, in the process revealing secrets and lies that have only been hinted at until now.”

Martin is working with producers Simon Painter and Tim Lawson (The Illusionists), playwright Duncan MacMillan (Lungs, People, Places and Things), and director Dominic Cooke (Jerusalem, Enron). Martin shared more details about the project in a statement:

“The seeds of war are often planted in times of peace….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.”

The show is scheduled to open in the UK, the US, and Australia in 2022. No further details have been revealed.

Some upcoming Game of Thrones projects include the HBO spinoff, House of the Dragon, and the prequel show Tales of Dunk and Egg.