Celebrate World Book Day this year by witnessing your favourite stories come to life in the theatre! With so many of your favoured characters, stories and settings being animated in acting, it’s well worth seeing how else your beloved book have been imagined. From the real classics like Les Miserables and Frankenstein, to the modern day stories that have gathered a cult-like following. See a story acted out live on stage as we guide you through some of the top novel adaptations to grace the West End...
Mon 4th Mar - Sat 13th Jul
Queens Theatre, London
The stage adaptation of Victor Hugo’s legendary novel is one of the most famous musicals to grace the stages of the West End, with the grand tale of the French Revolution causing a variety of feelings throughout. Your breath will surely be taken away by the extravagance of the show as Jean Valjean - or 24601 - let’s you in on his emotive narrative through song.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Mon 4th Mar - Sat 27th Apr
Piccadilly Theatre, London
The 2003 mystery novel by Mark Haddon takes readers through the innovation and intriguing thought processes of it’s protagonist, Christopher John Francis Boone. The fifteen year old works towards finding out who killed his neighbours dog, uncovering many more mysteries along the way. Following multiple award wins for the book, the stage show has also been given rave reviews and is definitely worth a watch!
Mon 4th Mar - Sat 30th Nov
Apollo Victoria Theatre, London
Surely one of the most pop-u-lar musicals to hit the stage in recent years and rightly so as this prequel to the Wizard Of Oz delivers fun for all the family with songs, incredible stage set up and of course, magic! Based on the book by Gregory Maguire, the ‘The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West’ offers an insight into the good and bad witches of Oz.
Matilda the Musical
Tue 5th Mar - Sun 24th May
Cambridge Theatre, London
Roald Dahl’s all time favourite book has already had the silver screen treatment, but this fresh on the scene musical offers something entirely different, with music written by comic and musical genius Tim Minchin, this take on the story of a girl with special powers will leave you in awe. A comedic yet heartwarming approach to the book, with memorable songs and even more memorable characters.
The Great Gatsby
Wed 6th Mar - Sun 28th Jul
Gatsby’s Drugstore, London
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s tale of the roaring 20s, with all overindulging and debauchery included is a whirlwind tale of lust, love, loss and most importantly, money. See the definitive novel acted out in front of your very eyes with this prohibition era drama taking over Gatsby’s Drugstore, expect prohibition style partying, nail biting drama and a literal car crash of characters.
Fri 8th - Sat 23rd Mar
Royal Opera House, London
Mary Shelley’s classic gothic novel gets the stage treatment and The Creature becomes alive in Frankenstein! Witness the iconic story first hand at this short run of showings at London’s stunning Royal Opera House.
The Wind in the Willows
Sat 6th Apr
Join Mr. Toad of Toad Hall, Moly, Ratty, Mr. Badger in a journey through The Wind and the Willows - a stage show for children and adults alike! The famous book by Kenneth Grahame, featuring all of your favourite critters will take you on a nostalgic trip of their mischief and mayhem.
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