Simon Stephens and Ivo van Hove working on The Shining stage adaptation

The Shining

Simon Stephens and Ivo van Hove are reportedly working on a stage adaptation of the Stanley Kubrick film The Shining, with plans for a West End run.

According to Forbes, Curious Incident playwright Stephens and avant-garde director van Hove are working on the production set for a West End premiere before heading to Broadway at a later date.

Based on Stephen King’s 1977 novel of the same name, Kubrick’s novel starred Jack Nicholson in a career-defining role as Jack Torrance, an alcoholic writer who takes a job as the caretaker of a hotel, but slowly loses his sanity under the influence of the hotel’s supernatural forces.

The adaptation will be written by Stephens, whose short play Sea Wall has just opened on Broadway, and his play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time returned to the Piccadilly Theatre in November last year, closing in April.

Van Hove is currently working on a new production of West Side Story, set to officially open on Broadway in February next year. He has previous form adapting films for the stage, having recently staged adaptations of Network at the National Theatre and All About Eve in the West End.

A number of King’s novels have previously been adapted for the stage, such as the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Carrie which opened in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1988, before subsequently transferring to Broadway where, with a budget of $8million, it ran for 16 previews and 5 performances, the New York Times branding it ‘the most expensive quick flop in history’.

Further details of a stage adaptation of The Shining are yet to be announced.

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