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The Shining comes to Playhouse Merced
Playhouse Merced will be performing the first West Coast staging of Stephen Kings The Shining starting Jan. 6. - photo by Photo Contributed

With special permission from author Stephen King, Playhouse Merced will be producing “Stephen King’s The Shining” this January.

This live stage adaptation of King’s classic novel follows the story of Jack Torrance and his family as they move into the Overlook Hotel after Jack is hired as winter caretaker. Cut off from civilization, Jack battles alcoholism and bouts of uncontrolled rage, all while trying to write a play.  Meanwhile, evil forces linked to the Overlook’s violent history take advantage of Jack’s weaknesses in order to claim his son, Danny, and his precognitive powers.

“Being presented for only the third time, this new adaptation of King’s “The Shining” is a riveting psychological horror story that will keep audiences at the edge of their seats,” said Playhouse Merced spokesperson Shawn Overton.

The adaptation is by Jason Levering and Aaron Sailors, and is the first and only authorized stage adaptation of Stephen King’s 1977 novel. This is also the first time it is being staged on the West Coast, Overton said.

The play opens Jan. 6 and will continue through to Jan. 22. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays.

For tickets or information, please contact the Playhouse Merced Box Office at 725-8587 or go to

This production is recommended for mature audience only due to language, subject matter, and violence.