Top 5 books adapted to plays

This World Book Day, our theatre team are celebrating our favourite plays that were adapted from books. When we read a book, our imaginations run wild, trying to envisage the world that the author created with words.

Many bold, talented and creative geniuses have captured this imagination and produced magnificent plays and performances so that everyone can see their favourite stories come to life on stage.

Here’s just a few of our favourites:

1. Les Misérables
Written by Victor Hugo
Because, how could we not start with this classic? Largely regarded as one of the most famous literary works of art, Hugo’s story of resistance and redemption has taken our theatres by storm since it became a musical first performed in 1985.
Most of our team have seen this, performed in this, worked on sets inspired by this and just generally it doesn’t get much better in our opinion.
If you’re ever in London, you should definitely make time for this one by booking your tickets.

2. To Kill A Mockingbird
Written by Harper Lee
This award-winning novel has captured the hearts of many since it was published in 1960. Atticus, Jem & Scout explore themes of childhood, race, discrimination and justice in Alabama, United States 1933-35.
Despite being published 40 years ago, this book has only recently been adapted for stage and will be on sale from May 2020!
This is one we can’t WAIT to go and see.

3. Sarah and Duck
Written by Sarah Gomes Harris
This series of books, and much-loved CBeebies television show is now also a live theatre production! Better yet, they’re coming to our stage in Nottingham on 13 April 2020, and we cannot wait.
Not one to be missed!
Book your tickets now.

4. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time
Written by Mark Haddon
A touching and inspiring story of a little boy’s experience of the world through the lens of his autism. This book premiered as the play by Simon Stephens in 2012.
The production will be touring the country this year.

5. Kite Runner
Written by Khaled Hosseini
Adapted by Michael Spangler ready for its stage debut in 2009. Over the past decade, this fantastic story has been produced on stage worldwide. Nottingham’s Giles Croft has worked on many tours of Kite Runner, including most recently in Dubai where it was nominated for Dubai’s Best Theatre Performance.

side note: Giles Croft is bringing his own production of ‘Channeling Jabez’ to our stage on 27 March 2020 – get your tickets now to avoid missing out!

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