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World Book Day: see excellent adaptations at NST

Thu 5 March, 2020

World Book Day: see excellent adaptations at NST

It’s World Book Day! To celebrate, we are talking all about the brilliant adaptations we have programmed this season and beyond.

We are excited to be bringing you a number of exciting new co-productions adapted from classic literature alongside several visiting productions from some of the country’s leading theatre makers.

On Tuesday 17 March Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of) opens at NST City. Adapted by Isobel McArthur from Jane Austen’s timeless tale, the show is an adaptation like no other; a fun new musical that has had critics and audiences raving. Made in collaboration by Nuffield Southampton Theatres and Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh, the show runs until Saturday 4 April.

During Easter half-term Little Angel Theatre present The Slightly Annoying Elephant by David Walliams. A delightful tale for young people and their grownups, Walliam’s beloved book is brought to life with playful puppetry and charming storytelling. On at NST City Sunday 5 to Saturday 11 April.

On Wednesday 15 April Rhum and Clay begin their Southampton run of the highly-acclaimed The War of the Worlds. A Nuffield Southampton Theatre’s co-production with Brighton Festival, HOME Manchester and New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth, the show is a smart re-imagining of Orson Welles’ classic radio play. Playing until Saturday 25 April, The War of the Worlds is an absolute must-see for anyone interested in the concept of fake news and society’s obsession with social media.

Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights opens on Monday 11 May. Channelling the author’s piercing wit and fierce emotion, Inspector Sands present this classic story of obsessive love and revenge in a thrilling new version for our times. Featuring passion, peril, loud music and mud, the show is a searing take on the classic story, created by a world-renowned company.

Loved by audiences everywhere, The Kite Runner comes to NST City on Tuesday 20 June for an exclusive five-night run. Based on Khaled Hosseini’s sensational novel, director Matthew Spangler delivers an unforgettable theatrical experience, direct from London’s West End.

NST City have a bumper season of family theatre this summer, with the Wardrobe Ensemble’s adaptation of Judith Kerr’s Mog at NST City; Thursday 16 July marks the world premiere of the highly-anticipated take on the children’s novel. Giraffes Can’t Dance runs 12 and 13 August, adapted from the bestselling book by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees; and for a Christmas treat see Zog, adapted by Freckle Productions from Julia Donaldson’s beloved book.

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