From screen to stage: films being made into theatre shows
80s sci-fi, Disney musicals, quirky romance or Wall Street debauchery: the hit films adapted for the London stage
What happens when you have the tastes of a 12-year-old and the budget and freedom of an adult? It's a discord that delights in 1988 film Big, where a kid's wish comes true and he wakes up a fully-grown man.
Now the film comes to the stage in a musical adaptation that comes to London's Dominion Theatre in September, after an impressive opening at Theatre Royal Plymouth in 2016. With magic and mischief at its heart, the story offers plenty of potential for a rousing show.
Who is not charmed by the whimsical Amélie? There seems to be something universally appealing about the quirky Parisian girl whose mission is to better the lives of those around her. The award-winning film is one of France’s biggest international successes and its musical adaptation was sold out for a whole season when it premiered in London earlier this year.
This Christmas, Amélie the Musical returns to London, with a limited run at Victoria's The Other Palace Theatre.Read more ...
Elsa told us to 'Let it go,' but we simply can't. We're still obsessed with Frozen.
The sequel to Disney's hit film is expected in cinemas, and will whet our appetites for Disney's Frozen the musical, which comes to Theatre Royal Drury Lane in Autumn 2020 (the exact dates of the run are still to be confirmed)
Featuring music and lyrics by multi-award winning duo Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, with a book by Jennifer Lee, Frozen on stage channels the same soaring hits and feminist plot as the beloved film.Read more ...
The greed, debauchery and demise of 1990s capitalism comes to London in an immersive The Wolf of Wall Street experience based on the real life exploits of stockbroker Jordan Belfort. In ten wild years he went from market-leading millionaire to convicted criminal. The faster he made money, the quicker he consumed it in a whirl of drugs and sex.
Belfort's memoirs were immortalised by Leonardo DiCaprio in Martin Scorcese's 2013 film The Wolf of Wall Street and now they come to life in the City.Read more ...
DreamWorks’ 1998 animation film The Prince of Egypt, gifted us one of the most memorable original movie scores of all time. Ballads such as When You Believe tell the story from the bible's Book of Exodus, in which Moses leaves his opulent life as an Egyptian prince to lead the Israelites out of the country. And who can forget that time Ralph Fiennes showed off his steely vocals as the cruel Pharaoh Rameses.
Fans of the film were no doubt bitterly disappointed by the lack of sing-along action in the 2014 feature film Exodus: Gods and Kings which dramatises the same story. But now, a new musical based on the animation will come to the West End so Londoners can enjoy the film’s long overdue stage adaptation.Read more ...
Rags to riches romance comes to London as the musical theatre adaptation of 1990 rom-com Pretty Woman transfers to the West End after opening on Broadway. The sex-worker 'saved' by rich white man plot may prove more controversial 20 years since the movie came out.Read more ...
Rumour has it the stage adaptation of Moulin Rouge is transferring to London after impressing on Broadway.
Based on Baz Lurhmann's Oscar-winning film, Moulin Rouge! The Musical transports audiences to bohemian romance of Montmartre with a medley of pop's greatest hits.Read more ...
Great Scott! After a seven year development process, the stage adaption of Back to the Future has a confirmed premiere. The new musical based on beloved 1985 movie opens in Manchester in February 2020, before transferring to the West End (the theatre is still to be announced).
The film's many fans will be please to note that Back to the Future the musical is reuniting the original movie production team: co-writer and producer Bob Gale, Composer Alan Silvestri and co-writer and director Robert Zemeckis are all involved in bringing the time travelling adventure to the stage.
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