Read the Book Before You See the Show
We often talk about books being adapted for the movie screen but many are adapted for the theatre. Here’s a few book to stage adaptations that are currently running or opening soon in London’s West End.
Charlie and the Chocolate factory from the book of the same name written by Roald Dahl. This deliciously dark tale of young Charlie Bucket and the mysterious confectioner Willy Wonka comes to life in a brand new West End musical directed by Academy Award® winner Sam Mendes.
Based on elements of Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables this musical is one of the most successful around the world. The book, published in 1862, is considered one of the greatest novels of the 19th century.
In another of Roald Dahl’s childrens books, Matilda, the central character is a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence and psychokinetic powers. She’s unloved by her parents but impresses her schoolteacher and, over the course of her first term at school, teacher and pupil have a profound effect on each other’s lives.
Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap is The World’s Longest Running Play! . A group of people gathered together in a remote part of the countryside discover there is a murderer in their midst. The question is which one of them is the guilty party
Based on the novel by Gaston Leroux,Phantom tells the story of a horribly deformed ex -performer who ‘haunts’ the backstage and public areas – insisting that he has a box for his own private use. He falls in love with a beautiful young chorus singer and trains his pupil (who never sees him) to take over the star role. She excels and everyone wonders where she came from and how she developed such a beautiful voice. The Phantom, who has now revealed himself to her, decides to take her with him to spend her life in his subterranean lair but she is rescued by her lover.
Based on the novel by Susan Hill, a grieving lawyer believes a curse has been cast over him and his family by the spectre of the woman in black. In an attempt to exorcise the spirit he engages a sceptical young actor to help him tell his story. His plan begins innocently enough, but as the border between reality and fantasy blur, the horror starts and the flesh begins to creep..
Warhorse by Michael Morpurgo. At the outbreak of World War one, Joey, young Albert’s beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped to France. he’s soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary odyssey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man’s land. but Albert cannot forget Joey and, still not old enough to enlist, he embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home.
From the book Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire, Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two girls who first meet as sorcery students. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfill their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.
Jersey Boys tells the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, the blue collar kids from New Jersey who formed a singing group and became famous. The musical features many of the group’s pop hits from the Sixties such as Big Girls Don’t Cry, Oh What a Night and Can’t Take My Eyes off of You.Based losely on the biographical novel Jersey Boys: The Story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons by David Cote.
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