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Patrick Stewart adapted Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol into a one-man show: Are plays adapted from books written long ago worth seeing?

  • Yes, plays adapted from older books are worth seeing.

    Many people would rather watch movies or plays than read books. This means that for many, the act of adapting these books into a form that people can watch instead of read will expose many people to great works of classic literature who otherwise would never have known anything about them.

  • Yes, there is importance in bringing up the past.

    Yes, I think that there is a reason that plays are made today from books that were written long ago. Whether it be just entertainment or bringing up a past public problem that is now relevant today, plays that are adapted from books from long ago have a purpose to society that I believe is of importance.

  • Yes, a play adapted from any material can be good

    Yes, a play adapted from a book written long ago can be good. There are plays sourced from old books, movies, and even songs. Just recently I saw a play adapted from Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird." It was terrific. Limiting oneself to only plays that originally designed as such is very limiting.

  • Classic, historical or canonical books make compelling and timely adaptations for the stage.

    What makes a play "work" well is often exactly what made a book work well that was written a century or more ago. The examples of successful plays that were adapted from classic books are manifold - "Great Expectations", "Moby Dick" and "The Little Prince" are all excellent examples. These books, written at a time when longer, more verbose prose was appreciated and desired, provide the ideal foundation for the stage. The level of detail of, say, a sunset or a conversation between characters is generally much higher in books written before television, social media or mobile phones and this translates well to visual representations on stage.

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