Netflix Makes Broadway Debut with ‘Patriots’: A Thrilling Tale of Power, Politics, and Putin

Netflix has entered the realm of Broadway as a producer for the stage play “Patriots,” marking the media giant’s inaugural credit in Broadway production. The play, penned by Peter Morgan, the mastermind behind the Netflix hit series “The Crown,” unfolds in 1991, post the Soviet Union’s collapse. It traces the story of Russian billionaire Boris Berezovsky, endeavoring to enlist the then-unknown Vladimir Putin for the presidential race. However, Putin’s ascension to power swiftly jeopardizes Berezovsky’s interests, setting the stage for a compelling conflict between the two.


A spokesperson from Netflix has confirmed the company’s commitment to developing a screen adaptation of this gripping play, as reported by the New York Times. Although “Patriots” marks Netflix’s debut on Broadway, the streaming giant is no stranger to theatrical production, currently serving as a producer for the ongoing London rendition of “Stranger Things: The First Shadow,” a prequel to the eponymous Netflix series.

Set to premiere on April 22, 2024, at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, with previews commencing on April 1, “Patriots” is under the direction of Rupert Goold, a three-time Olivier Award winner and the Artistic Director of the Almeida. The play, originating from London’s Almeida Theatre and enjoying a sold-out 12-week stint at the West End’s Noël Coward Theatre, did not have Netflix’s involvement in its London production.

The stellar 18-person cast features Michael Stuhlbarg, a Tony and Emmy Award nominee, portraying Boris Berezovsky; Will Keen, an original London cast member, as Vladimir Putin; and Luke Thallon, another original London cast member, embodying Russian oligarch and politician Roman Abramovich.

Sonia Friedman Productions, renowned for its involvement in major productions like “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” “Leopoldstadt,” and the recent revival of “Funny Girl,” stands as a lead producer alongside Netflix. With a capitalization of up to $8 million, as disclosed in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, “Patriots” is set for a limited 12-week run, promising an enthralling addition to the Broadway landscape.

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