2 May 2012

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Three Memorable Stage-to-Film Adaptations

Hollywood film makers have been quick to capitalise on the Broadway and West End success of theatre productions by rolling out movie versions on a regular basis for decades now.
Some adaptations do well at the box office - some flop in dramatic fashion!

Here are three of the more successful stage-to-film adaptations to have gone from the theatre to the big screen in recent years.

The Woman in Black (2012)
Budget: $15million. Grossed: $123+million
Demand for Woman in Black tickets both at the theatre and the cinema has been high off the back of Daniel Radcliffe’s critically-acclaimed performance in the 2012 release. The Englishman was always going to be in the spotlight in what marked his first movie role since the end of the Harry Potter franchise. Radcliffe thrived under the pressure as he delivered a fantastic performance in a film that produces its fair share of twists and turns as the eerie goings on at Eel Marsh House come to light. Check out sites like Ticket.com if you want to go and see the stage version of Woman in Black in London’s West End.

Mamma Mia! (2008)
Budget: $52million. Grossed: $609million
Confession time – who knows most of the words to pretty much every song featured in Mamma Mia! the movie?!? Yes, that’s probably most of us, unless you’ve been living on a different planet. Even if you haven’t watched the highest-grossing musical film of all time, you’ll probably still be able to sing-a-long to your heart’s content as the likes of James Bond star Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth and Meryl Streep prance around on the Greek island of Kalokairi trying to work out who’s the father of bride-to-be Sophie. It’s cheesy fun if nothing else, even if this isn’t exactly your favourite genre.

Chicago (2002)
Budget: $45million. Grossed: $306million
“Give ‘em the old razzle dazzle” goes the well-known line from Chicago’s most-famous song and the likes of Richard Gere, Renée Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones certainly did that as the film version won no fewer than six Oscars in 2003, including the awards for the Best Picture, Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design. Zellweger and Zeta-Jones star as the leading lights as they fight it out to make the headlines and stay alive in 1920s America. 

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