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Book Adaptations

If you're interested in adaptations of classic novels then we have
a range of Plays and Musicals for you to choose from.


Musicals

Gulliver's Travels - the definitive musical

Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift, adapted by Chris Chambers, music by Andy Rapps

Principals : 9m, 7f, 1m/f   Support : 10m, 4f, 3jr-m, 1jr-f plus chorus
NOTE : All Principal and Support roles can be doubled except for Gulliver, Mary and Don Pedro.
A colourful, fun and inventive adaptation of Swift's novel bringing out the deeper side of Gulliver's character set to stunning music. The Lilliputians (tiny people) and the Brobdingnadians (huge people) are well known to most, but the musical also covers two not so well known parts of the original book : the lands of Laputa (the flying island) and Houyhnhnm (the land of intelligent horses). Whilst this musical is enjoyable in its spectacle to children, it is most definitely a musical for all ages.


Jane Eyre - the definitive musical

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, adapted by Jay Richards

Principals : 4m, 6f adult, 3f junior Support :1m, 3f (plus chorus)
NOTE: the chorus supplies cameo roles of: 3m, 8f adult, 1m, 2f junior
This new musical adaptation captures the passion, struggle, and eventual hope and forgiveness of Charlotte Brontë's magnificent classic novel. This beautiful musical journey takes us through the life of the orphan, Jane Eyre, as she rises above the tragedies of her youth to find redemption and renewed hope.


Little Women - a new musical

Little Women (Coming Soon) by Louisa M Allcott, adapted by Jay Richards

Principals : 4m, 6f adult,     Support :1m, 1f (plus chorus)
This soaring new musical adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s beloved American classic novel follows the sacrifices, struggles and triumphs of the March Family during the American Civil War. Delightful characters bring to life all the loves, laughter, and heartaches of one unforgettable family. It “captures the heart in a way that won’t let go!”.


'Quasimodo' a sung-through musical by Steven Humfress and Andy Rapps

Quasimodo based on 'The Hunchback of Notre-Dame' by Victor Hugo adapted by Humfress & Rapps

The story of Esmeralda and Quasimodo centred in and around the cathedral of Notre-Dame in medieval Paris. Esmeralda has a generous heart and shows this side of her nature to Quasimodo, the deaf and deformed bell ringer, when all others mock him. When she is later threatened following an amorous misadventure, he rescues her and provides sanctuary for her in the cathedral. Sadly though, she dies at the hand of those who have loved her most.


Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, adapted by Bernard J Taylor

Principals : 5m, 10f     Support : 3m, 5f (plus chorus)
The story told in Pride And Prejudice of the Bennet family, centred as it is on the relationship between the proud aristocrat Fitzwilliam Darcy and the high-spirited Elizabeth Bennet, is one of the most enduringly popular novels of all time and has had a far-reaching influence on all romantic fiction right up to the present day. This musical disappoints neither Austen fans nor theatre audiences.


Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë, adapted by Bernard J Taylor

Principals : 3m, 4f adult, 1f junior     Support :3m, 1f, 2jnr-m, 1jnr-f (plus chorus)
The haunting image of Heathcliffe searching the moors for the ghost of his beloved Cathy is surely one of the enduringly passionate scenes in English literature. This adaptation has been recognised by the Brontë Society as marking the first time that the true spirit of this masterpiece has been captured in music. Heathcliffe enters the House On The Hill, and the wild boy falls for Cathy, but attracts nothing but hatred from Hindley, her brother.


Plays

Comedic Drama Play Script: 'Lady Susan' by Kathryn Attwood

Lady Susan by Jane Austen adapted by Kathryn Attwood

(6m, 6f)
Lady Susan Vernon is not your typical Austen heroine. The original merry widow, she flirts her way through Regency society, hapless teenage daughter in tow, gaining lovers and a reputation as “the most accomplished coquette in England”. Penniless and reliant on the charity of reluctant friends and estranged family she needs to marry again – and soon! Jane Austen’s lesser-known comic novel was written entirely in the form of letters but makes a seamless and very funny transition to the stage as this fully scripted adaptation shows.

 Drama Play Script: 'Mansfield Park' by Jane Austen adapted by Pamela Whalen

Mansfield Park  by Jane Austen, adapted by Pamela Whalan

(6m, 7f)
Fanny Price is the poor relation of Sir Thomas and Lady Bertram, and has, from the age of ten, lived with the wealthy Bertram family at Mansfield Park. The shy and retiring Fanny is an intelligent observer of the flirtations and foibles of her four cousins and the sophisticated brother and sister, Henry and Mary Crawford, who move into the neighbourhood and disrupt the peace of the Bertram family.

 Drama Play Script: 'Persuasion' by Jane Austen adapted by Pamela Whalen

Persuasion by Jane Austen, adapted by Pamela Whalan

(5m, 8f)
The bittersweet story of love that might have been. At the age of nineteen, Anne Elliot was persuaded to refuse an offer of marriage from a young naval officer. Their paths cross again eight years later, but now Anne is a faded spinster and her father is badly in debt, while Captain Wentworth has made his fortune in the war and is a much sought after matrimonial prize.

 Drama Play Script: 'Pride And Prejudice' by Jane Austen adapted by Pamela Whalen

Pride And Prejudice  by Jane Austen, adapted by Pamela Whalan

(4m, 11f)
It is not only fans of Jane Austen’s much-loved novel, centred as it is on romantic manoeuvres in early 19th century England, who have been delighted by this adaptation, audience comments too, make it clear that people unfamiliar with the book also had a good time. The title of the play refers to the relationship between the Bennets’ second oldest daughter, Elizabeth, and Mr Darcy, a wealthy but reserved man who is the subject of marital scheming by many people, including his imperious aunt, Lady Catherine de Bourgh, and Miss Bingley, the sister of one of his friends.

 Drama Play Script: 'Sense And Sensibility' by Jane Austen adapted by Pamela Whalen

Sense And Sensibility  by Jane Austen, adapted by Pamela Whalan

(6m, 6f)
Lose your heart and come to your senses as you follow the fortunes of Elinor, the sensible sister and Marianne, the sister who is ruled by her feelings. The reserve of one sister and the lack of reserve of the other lead equally to their undoing as they struggle to come to terms with the poverty thrust upon them by their father’s untimely death.

 Drama Play Script: 'The Seagull' by Anton Chekov adapted by Chris Chambers

The Seagull by Anton Chekov adapted by Chris Chambers

(7m, 5f)
Simon loves Stella, Stella loves Kit, Kit loves Nina, Nina loves Boris, and Boris loves Irina…and Nina. And that is the problem! Kit’s love for Nina is sorely tested as she falls for his mother’s lover. The ensuing narrative, keenly crafted by Chekhov, leads to a tragic end. Chris Chambers’ re-visioning of Chekhov’s masterpiece is an amusing and sometimes cheeky 21st century adaptation. Anyone interested in the great works of Chekhov will be familiar with the story of a family, their friends and their lovers, one destined for greatness, some for inevitable heartbreak, and one for a very sad end indeed. 
PRE-PUBLICATION PERUSAL SCRIPT AVAILABLE


 Drama Play Script: 'The War Of The Roses' by Warren Adler

The War Of The Roses (by Warren Adler)

(Minimum Cast Size: 3m, 2f)
‘The War of the Roses’ is probably best remembered for being made into an iconic 1989 film starring Kathleen Turner, Michael Douglas and Danny DeVito. It illuminates a messy divorce and the relationship-shattering materialism, contempt and selfishness of husband and wife by posing a pair of timeless questions: How far are we willing to allow our material possessions the power to define who we are? Are today’s marriages haunted by the struggle to get even?