Come play with us, forever and ever! Or for two nights. The Benson Theatre in Nebraska is staging a new theatrical version of Stephen King’s novel, The Shining. According to The New York Times, the adaptation, written by Jason Levering and Aaron Sailo, is set for performances on March 21 and 22.
The innovative Omaha theater company will use the production as a fundraiser to purchase and renovate a 1923 theater as their home base.
King’s horror novel follows alcoholic writer Jack Torrance who slowly goes mad while supervising an isolated resort with his family during a snowstorm. Jack Nicholson famously portrayed Jack opposite Shelley Duvall in the Stanley Kubrick-directed film adaptation in 1980.
The Shining is not the first King novel to make its way to a stage. Most famously Carrie was adapted into a musical that was revived off-Broadway in 2012. Other King works on stage include Misery, Dolores Claiborne and Ghosts of Darkland County.