Love reading? You can experience many of your favourite books on stage – whether as a musical or as a play. Here’s a guide to some of the shows you can catch based on beloved books.
The Mirror and the Light, Gielgud Theatre: the concluding part to Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall trilogy has been adapted for the stage, following on from the stage adaptation of Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies. As previously, this world premiere production has been directed by Jeremy Herrin and is set to star many of the original cast members who starred in the last two productions including Ben Miles who will return to his role as Cromwell to complete the trilogy and Nathaniel Parker, resuming his Olivier Award-winning and Tony Award nominated role as Henry VIII.
The Great Gatsby, Immersive LDN: now booking until 2022, experience F Scott Fitzgerald’s timeless story in a different way in this immersive experience that allows you to interact with the characters and have the story unravel right in front of your very eyes. Check out our review of it here.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Duke of York’s Theatre: while this show hasn’t opened quite yet in the West End, this West End transfer of the National Theatre production is worth catching if you love Neil Gaiman’s novels and want to see one being brought to life in front of your very eyes. It has been adapted for the stage by Joel Horwood and directed by Katy Rudd.
The Phantom of the Opera, Her Majesty’s Theatre: this long running musical is back on stage! Based on the novel Le Fantôme de l’Opera by Gaston Leroux, it includes memorable songs such as ‘All I ask of You’ and ‘Music of the Night’. The cast includes Killian Donnelly in the title role will be Lucy St Louis as Christine and Rhys Whitfield playing Raoul.
Wicked the Musical, Apollo Victoria Theatre: as it was recently pointed out, this is a show that is based on the book by Gregory Maguire, based on the film The Wizard of Oz based on the The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Frank L Baum – a rare show indeed to be based on two books! The show is now in its 15th year in the West End and is still as popular as ever.