Those with long memories may recall that back in 2014, a stage musical version of ‘The Hunger Games’ was announced for a brand new Wembley theatre that would open the following year.
Those with short-to-medium-term memories will likely have noticed that there was no ‘Hunger Games’ musical and that Wembley does not have a fancy theatre.
That project is, in fact, dead, but it does look like a successor project with a similar idea is about to come to fruition, when the Troubadour Wembley Park opens this autumn, inside the former Fountain Studios. The theatre will have a flexible capacity that ranges from a hefty 1,000 seats to a walloping 2,000, and is being put together by the team behind the temporary King’s Cross Theatre venues, which hosted an array of interesting productions including David Bowie’s ‘Lazarus’ musical, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first play ‘In The Heights’ and the Donmar’s all-female Shakespeare Trilogy.
Details of programming is yet to be announced, but presumably there will have to be some pretty big shows to make such a huge venue viable – and at that size it will have to be a serious destination theatre rather than simply one for the local community.
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