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 around the world. With access to the Studio’s vast library of iconic film and television properties, as well as extensive relationships with top theatrical talent, Theatre Ventures is well-positioned as a dynamic and resourceful creative entity in the live theater arena.
The division is currently represented on Broadway with the re-imagining of Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Lunt-Fontanne, after four record-breaking years playing at the West End’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Theatre Ventures is also co-producing the tour of the Tony and Olivier Award-winning Best Play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, after a successful Broadway run. In 2015, Theatre Ventures presented the Broadway production of Misery, Oscar winner William Goldman’s adaptation of Stephen King’s classic novel, directed by Will Frears, which starred Bruce Willis and Laurie Metcalf in a Tony-nominated performance.
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 has previously been represented on Broadway with the Tony Award-winning musical The Bridges of Madison County as well as the holiday hit Elf, which 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 and is readying productions of A Star is Born, Beetlejuice, Dave, Dog Day Afternoon, 17 Again and Night Shift for the stage.
Theatre Ventures also licenses third-party stage rights to the various properties held within the Studio’s extensive media library, including such productions as Hairspray, The Bodyguard, Top Hat, Singin’ in the Rain, The Wizard of Oz, The Color Purple, 42nd Street, Honeymoon in Vegas, Gigi, Doctor Zhivago, as well as Diner.