West End shows you didn’t know that are shows based on books
There’s West End musicals based on films. There are also shows based on television series. But, did you know that some productions are based on books? As well as the family-friendly favourites suitable for younger audiences that bring fairytales to life, some of the biggest shows in the West End take inspiration from novels. Read all about these shows based on books and book your theatre tickets now.
West End shows based on books
Exploring how Glinda and Elphaba earned their titles as the Good Witch and the Wicked Witch of the West, Wicked audiences reunite with the two magical characters that are first seen in The Wizard of Oz. But, did you know that Wicked is based on a novel by Gregory Maguire? First published in 1995, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West is a fantasy book in a series of novels titled ‘The Wicked Years’ that intends to rethink the lives and relationships of Ozians. You’ll want to book Wicked tickets to see the bewitching pair in action.
The Phantom of the Opera
Currently wowing people at Her Majesty’s Theatre, The Phantom of the Opera is widely considered to be one of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most successful musicals of all time. But, did you know that it’s based on a twentieth-century novel? It’s originally a French novel by Gaston Leroux called ‘Le Fantôme de l’Opéra’ that takes inspiration from nineteenth-century tales of skeletons of people that died at Paris Opera House being used in productions. You’ll want to see the Phantom come to life with The Phantom of the Opera tickets.
It’s been performed in over 50 countries. It’s been seen by over 120 million people worldwide. Les Miserables is one of the biggest global musical theatre phenomenons in history. But, did you know that it’s based on a book? First published in 1862, Victor Hugo’s epic novel of the same name explores French history, culture and society during the early nineteenth-century, with characters storming the barricade in spectacular fashion. See the French revolutionaries at the Sondheim Theatre with Les Miserables tickets.
The times of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton are explored in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s multi-award-winning musical. However, the musical was first inspired by Ron Chernow’s 2004 biography detailing the revolutionary’s life. Hamilton tells the story of a new, revolutionary America bursting with energy and optimism, set to a groundbreaking score that fuses traditional and modern sounds to capture an everchanging society. Having broke records at the Olivier Awards, you’ll want to be in the room where it happens with Hamilton tickets at the Victoria Palace Theatre.
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