A Gory 'Game of Thrones' Prequel Is Coming to Broadway

All your faves are coming back for this play that'll come to Broadway and the West End.


These days it’s hard to keep track of all the Game of Thrones spin-offs that are reportedly in the works-none of which happen to be George R.R. Martin’s The Winds of Winter. (Seriously, dude!) Now, The Hollywood Reporter comes to us with yet another expansion of Westeros: a stage show that is being developed with eyes on Broadway.

Yes, in the near future you may be able to shell out hundreds of dollars to see the heroes of Martin’s world do battle right in front of your very eyes. Martin himself, of course, is working on the production, which will focus on the fabled Great Tourney at Harrenhal, attended by familiar characters like Ned Stark, Lyanna Stark, Jaime Lannister, Robert Baratheon, Oberyn Martell, and Rhaegar Targaryen. According to an official description: “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 centred 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.”

The author is working on the script alongside playwright Duncan Macmillan, who was behind the adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984 that was recently on Broadway and made audience members faint and vomit because of its graphic scenes of torture. That is to say, Macmillan seems a good man for the job of bringing the visceral gore of Thrones to live performance. Lauded British director Dominic Cooke is also on the team. The idea at the moment is to bring the show to Broadway, London’s West End, and Australia with a launch in 2023. If the Harry Potter play, The Cursed Child, is any indication, it will be a big hit. Also, hopefully someone has a deal on fake blood because one assumes the crew will need a lot.

Remember, this is just one of many Thrones projects in the works, the most prominent of which is the HBO prequel series focused on the Targaryens called House of the Dragon, which is set to go into production next month.

Esther Zuckerman is a senior entertainment writer at Thrillist. Follow her on Twitter @ezwrites.


Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year 2023 in Australia

And what it means to be in the year of the Rabbit.

where to celebrate lunar new year australia

Starting with the new moon on Sunday, January 22, this Lunar New Year ushers in the year of the Rabbit. We’ve put together a guide on celebrating the Lunar New Year in Australia.

What is special about the year of the Rabbit?

As you might know, each year has an animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac, which is based on the moon and has a 12-year cycle. This year, we celebrate the year of the rabbit, known to be the luckiest out of all twelve animals. It symbolises mercy, elegance, and beauty.

What celebrations are taking place and how can I get involved?

There are plenty of festivals happening all around the country which you can get involved with. Here they are per state.

New South Wales

Darling Harbour Fireworks
When: Every year, Sydney puts on a fireworks show, and this year, you can catch it on January 28 and February 4 at 9 pm in Darling Harbour.

Dragon Boat Races
When: Witness three days of dragon boat races and entertainment on Cockle Bay to usher in the Lunar New Year. The races will commence on January 27 and finish on January 29.

Lion Dances
When: Catch a traditional Lion Dance moving to the beat of a vigorous drum bringing good luck and fortune for the Lunar New Year. The dance performances will happen across Darling Harbour on Saturday, January 21, Sunday, January 22, and Sunday, February 4 and 5, around 6 pm and 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at Cirrus Dining
When: Barangaroo’s waterfront seafood restaurant, Cirrus, is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with a special feast menu. Cirrus’ LNY menu is $128pp with optional wine pairing and is available from Saturday, January 21, to Sunday, February 5.

Auntie Philter
When: Hello Auntie’s owner and executive chef, Cuong Nguyen will be dishing out some of the most classic Vietnamese street foods with his mum, Linda. All of Philter’s favourites will be on offer, as well as Raspberry Pash Beer Slushies and other cocktails being served at the Philter Brewing rooftop bar on Sunday, January 22 and Sunday, January 29.


Lunar New Year Festival
When: Ring in the Lunar New Year with food, music, arts, and more on Sunday, January 22, from 10 am to 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at the National Gallery of Victoria
When: Celebrate the year of the rabbit at the National Gallery of Victoria’s festival of art, food, and art-making activities for everyone from 10 am-5 pm.


BriAsia Festival
When: From February 1-19, Brisbane will come alive with performances, including lion dances and martial arts displays. There will be street food, workshops, comedy and more.

South Australia

Chinatown Adelaide Street Party
When: Adelaide is set to hose a fun-filled day celebrating the Chinese New Year on Saturday, January 28, from 12 pm to 9 pm.

Western Australia

Crown Perth
When: Across January and February, Crown Perth hosts free live entertainment, including colourful lion dances, roving mascots, and drumming performances. The restaurants will also throw banquets and menus dedicated to the Lunar New Year.

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