Stephen King’s classic horror novel, The Shining, is being adapted for the stage by Tony winners Simon Stephens (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night) and Ivo van Hove (A View from the Bridge). The play is expected to debut in London’s West End before transferring to Broadway.
The Shining is one of King’s most recognized works in part due to Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of the novel starring Jack Nicholson and Shelly Duvall.
The story centers on Jack Torrance, a writer, who is hired as a winter caretaker for a sprawling hotel in the mountains. He along with his wife, Wendy, and their son, Danny, trek to the hotel only to soon find themselves settling in for the long winter season alone.
The Overlook is no ordinary hotel, however, and the spirits that roam its halls soon begin to prey upon Jack as well as Danny, who has a psychic gift called “the shining.” Jack is soon gripped in the hotel’s clutches and turns on his wife and child in a psychotic rage.
King was inspired to write the novel after his own stay at the historic Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado.
Both van Hove and Stephens are well-known for their inventive and avant garde stage productions, and honestly, they’re the type of playwrights and directors who could really dig into the novel’s themes of addiction and abuse in an honest and raw manner.
We’re certainly interested in what The Shining will look like on stage!