Great Books Turned into Incredible Theatre Productions

Great novels and literature have always been a main basis for theatrical productions. Literature is brimming with drama that is begging to be performed. What makes a theatre production so successful is its ability to adapt the essence of the story, even if the script differs from the literature.

Here are some favourite books that served as fruitful material for the world’s most loved musical productions.

The Colour Purple

The musical, going by the same name, is based on the ground-breaking novel by Alice Walker. The 2005 Broadway production was nominated for 11 Tony Awards, and it won the Best Actress in a Musical award.

The novel’s plot is set in 20th century Georgia, focusing on a young black girl called Celie. She experiences a very troubled childhood, being raped by a man she calls ‘father’. She is also separated from her children and gets manipulated into a bad marriage. The novel follows Celie into discovering her own inner strength.

Oliver Twist

A well-loved piece of literature by Charles Dickens. The book revolves around an orphan boy named Oliver who is abused and put through social systems, being treated badly, before landing at a rich man’s home. We have to admit that the musical OLIVER! Is more upbeat than the Dickens’ novel. The book tackles satire, morality and delves into fairy tale and it has inspired so many aspects of popular culture and media.


The Phantom of the Opera

Originally published as a French novel by Gaston Leroux, The Phantom of the Opera musical adopts music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Charles Hart. It is, undoubtedly, one of the top theatre productions to date. The plot revolves around a beautiful soprano called Christine Daae, who turns into the obsession of a mysterious masked musical genius who lives in a labyrinth beneath the Paris Opera House.

The Phantom of the Opera has been adapted into many mediums throughout the years including movies, theatrical performances, musical productions, children’s literature, comics, and even a popular slot game offered at some of the best online casinos, including 888 Casino.

Les Miserables

Adapted from the novel by Victor Hugo, Les Miserables is a tale of injustice, heroism, and love, following the fortunes of Jean Valjean, determined to put his troubled past behind him. However, his attempts are constantly failing, leading to the failure to protect Fantine, who in turn, is driven to prostitution.

A compelling and heart-breaking story of the struggles living in the early 19th century French society.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Performed in the West End and on Broadway, this theatrical production is adapted from the popular book by Mark Haddon. The production has won many Olivier and Tony Awards, including Best Play.

The difference between the play and the book is that while the book is written in the first person, the play has a narrator who reads his own writing. The latter gives the production a play-in-a-play effect. The plot revolves around an autistic 15-year-old Christopher Boone who is investigating the murder of his neighbour’s dog. This leads him on a solo journey to discover many things, including his father’s secrets.