What’s On Stage: Your Favourite Books to be Brought to the Stage

whatsonstageWe all love to see our favourite books brought to the big screen, but which books would people like to see adapted for the stage? On World Book Day What’s On Stage recently did a poll to find out which books people would like to see adapted to the stage. They chose the top five and here are there results with their own thoughts on bringing the books to life:
The Harry Potter Series1. The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
Ok, ok, so there are technically seven books in one here, and there’s a rumoured prequel in the works, but just think how epic it could be to see the boy wizard’s adventures played out on stage. Quidditch at the Queen’s? Dementors in the dress circle? We’d particularly like to see how they’d apparate using the magic of theatre.
Night Circus2. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Erin Morgenstern’s Victorian fantasy novel might be one of the trickiest stagings to pull off of your top five choices, but we can’t imagine a better immersive theatrical experience than the multitude of circus tents dreamed up by Morgernstern. Punchdrunk anyone?
Holes3. Holes by Louis Sachar
What fun a designer could have recreating Camp Green Lake, where juvenile convicts dig holes in the dirt all day. Add in intertwining tales of family curses and the history of the town, and you’ve got all you need for a great piece of theatre.
The Notebook4. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
So the film of Nicholas Sparks’s book actually left us weeping in the cinema for a good ten minutes – you just can’t beat a good love story, and we reckon a stage adaptation would be beautiful. Particularly if Ryan Gosling was involved.
Fifty Shades of Grey TrilogyFifty Shades Trilogy by E.L. James
Possibly not one for younger audiences, this one, but if E.L. James’s erotic romances can be turned into multi-million pound films then why not bring them to the theatre? They have already been parodied at the Edinburgh Fringe and beyond. Just don’t go with your mum.

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