3 Great Books that Have Made it to the Stage
For World Book Day we thought we would share a list of some of our favourite children’s books that have been made into theatre productions!
Matilda is one of Roald Dahls most successful books. It won the Children’s Book Award in 1988, shortly after it was published. It’s a story of a gifted child genius (Matilda Wormwood), who is mistreated and neglected by her parents. She has a passion for reading books and becomes friends with her teacher Miss Honey, who is amazed by her talents. However, she faces many challenges from her evil principal Miss TrunchBull.
1996 a film version was released, which made Roald Dahl's classic even more successful. Almost 14 years later, the Royal Shakespeare produced Matilda the Musical which opened in Stratford-Upon-Avon, UK. The show then transferred to London’s West End and later transferred to Broadway in 2013.
2. Harry Potter & the Cursed Child
Harry Potter is one of the best-selling books of all time. They were written by author J.K Rowling, and the first novel, Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone was published in 1997. She then went on to write 6 more books, all of which were extremely popular and gained commercial success on a global scale.
The books are a series of fantasy novels about the life of a young wizard Harry Potter, and his friends Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, who are students at the magical school Hogwarts. The books document their struggle to defeat Voldemort, the wizard who was responsible for killing many wizards and witches, including Harry’s parents.
The first Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone was released in 2001, and 7 more films were released over the years. In 2016, a two-part play called Harry Potter and the Cursed Child premiered in London. The play is Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany.
3. Oliver Twist
Oliver Twist was written by Charles Dickens and is one of the most renowned children’s novels of all time. The book was published in 1839 and is about a young orphan named Oliver, who is forcibly brought to a workhouse. Oliver and the other orphans are treated very badly and are given very little food. After suffering horrendous mistreatment, Oliver manages to escape the workhouse and makes his way to London. Oliver then meets a group of boys who turn out to be pickpockets and thieves.
The novel was adapted into a West End production called Oliver! in 1960 and soon became a stage hit. Since then, the production has had many successful runs both in London and Broadway. In 1968, the novel was also adapted into an award-winning film.