A new adaptation of The Shining is due to open in London’s West End later this year.
Directed by Ivo Van Howe, the stage version has been written by Simon Stephens, based on Stephen King’s book. Stephens previously adapted The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.
One point to note: The iconic line, “Here’s Johnny!” from the 1980 Stanley Kubrick film adaptation will not be used in the play as it is not included in the novel.
The Shining centers on the life of Jack Torrance, an aspiring writer and recovering alcoholic who accepts a position as the off-season caretaker of the historic Overlook Hotel in the Colorado Rockies. His family accompanies him on this job, including his young son Danny Torrance, who possesses “the shining”, an array of psychic abilities that allow Danny to see the hotel’s horrific past. Soon, after a winter storm leaves them snowbound, the supernatural forces inhabiting the hotel influence Jack’s sanity, leaving his wife and son in incredible danger.
Although director and writer have been confirmed, dates and theatre details are still tbc. We’ll let you know more when we do.