Founded: May 2003
Continuing Warner Bros.’ mission of presenting the finest entertainment across all media and platforms to global audiences, WARNER BROS. THEATRE VENTURES is the company’s live stage play division, which develops and produces first-class musicals and other stage productions. With access to Warner Bros.’ vast library of iconic film and television properties, as well as extensive relationships with top theatrical talent, Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures is well-positioned as a dynamic and resourceful creative entity in the live theater arena.
The division is currently producing the highly successful musical adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in London’s West End, with Sam Mendes directing. Theatre Ventures is also co-producing the 2013 Olivier Award Best Play winner, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, with the National Theatre for a September 2014 debut on Broadway and readying a brand-new production of the drama Misery, with Oscar-winner Bill Goldman adapting his 1990 screenplay.
As part of its ongoing development activities, Theatre Ventures is constantly exploring production opportunities, working in various capacities with award-winning theater, film and television producers. The division’s roster of upcoming projects includes dramas, comedies and musicals based on both library titles and original concepts.
Theatre Ventures was most recently represented on Broadway with the Tony Award- winning original musical The Bridges of Madison County. Other Broadway productions include the holiday hit Elf. This original musical, based on the New Line Cinema release of the same name, was produced in both 2010 and 2012, and broke box office records at the Al Hirschfield Theatre during its initial run. The division also co-produced the original musical Secondhand Lions, at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre in September 2013.
Theatre Ventures also licenses third-party stage rights to the various properties held within the Studio’s vast media library, including such productions as The Bodyguard, Top Hat, Singin’ in the Rain, Hairspray, The Wizard of Oz, The Color Purple and 42nd Street as well as the upcoming Diner and Honeymoon in Vegas.