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Dungeons & Dragons live theatrical experience to premiere

Wizards of the Coast and Hasbro are teaming up with Curious Hedgehog and Showpath Entertainment to bring the first ever officially licensed Dungeons & Dragons theatrical production to the stage this spring.

The Twenty-Sided Tavern will begin previews in New York City on Friday 19 April, with an official opening of Sunday 5 May. Plans to launch a national tour are also under way.

The show promises to be an experience ‘unlike anything’ fans have experienced before, with the audience not just a viewer but the ‘fourth player’ influencing key decisions via Gamiotics, a browser-based software that allows you to vote on where the story will go, what characters appear, what experiences they explore and more.

With a cast of five actors and over 30 playable characters, audiences will experience an expansive fantasy world set in the Forgotten Realms, and face riddles, puzzles, combat, and more, to help shape the story.

No two shows will be alike and there will also be opportunities to join the action onstage and test strength, dexterity, wisdom or charisma through a variety of games.

“As passionate gamers and D&D players, the partners at Curious Hedgehog set off on a quest to redefine what a live interactive experience can be,” commented David Carpenter, producer at Curious Hedgehog. “What started as a D&D-style RPG onstage with folding tables and a box of props has grown beyond our wildest imagination.

“From day one we forged a deep connection with gamers and non-gamers alike by bringing them a whole new type of experience by fans for fans. When David Hutchinson at Showpath and the Hasbro team approached us about this collaboration, it was a perfect match. Together we are taking experiential entertainment to the next level.”

The most popular tabletop role-playing game in the world, Dungeons & Dragons is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2024. Its popularity has spawned an array of immersive products, content and experiences, while last year’s movie Dungeon & Dragons: Honour Among Thieves was a major success.

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