There are a lot of famous movies that were made from plays, but there are a lot of amazing plays that have been based on books. These days, everything seems to be based (even loosely) on something else. But this isn't always a bad thing. Many books lend themselves well to the stage, as evidence by the plays on this list. What are the best plays based on books?
The plays on this list span genres and production styles. They include dramas, comedies, and romances. Did you know that some of the most famous plays in history were based on novels, autobiographies, or other books? It’s no wonder they're on this list since they’re based on stories we all know and love – stories that have actually made a significant impact on the literary world as well as the world of the stage.The plays listed here have been ranked by the community as the best. This list features the best plays based on books including, Les Miserables, Ben Hur, A Christmas Carol, Young Frankenstein, Kite Runner, Albert Speer, and War Horse. Vote up the best plays based on books below and see where the plays you think are the best rank!
- 1Claude-Michel Schönberg, Jean-Marc NatelBased on the book of the same name by Victor Hugo.
- 2Frank GalatiBased on the book of the same name by John Steinbeck.
- 3Frederic Loewe , Alan Jay LernerBased on the book of the same name by Colette.
A Christmas CarolPatrick StewartBased on the book of the same name by Charles Dickens.
- 5Mitch Leigh , Joe DarionBased on the book "Don Quixote" by Miguel de Cervantes
- 6Sheldon Harnick , Jerry BockBased on the tales by Sholem Aleichem
- 7James Lapine , Stephen Sondheim
Based on the fairy tales of the Brother's Grimm
Of Mice and MenJohn Steinbeck
- 9Fred Ebb , John KanderBased on the novel "Goodbye to Berlin" by Christopher Isherwood
- 10James Lapine , Alan Menken
Based on the book The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
- 11Irving Berlin , Mel BrooksLoosely based on the book Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.
Kite RunnerMatthew SpanglerBased on the book The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.
- 13Hugh Wheeler , Stephen SondheimBased on the penny dreadful "The String of Pearls: A Romance" by James Malcolm Rymer and Thomas Peckett Prest
Educating RitaWilly RussellLoosely based on Greek myth and Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw.
Crime and PunishmentMarilyn Campbell, Curt ColumbusBased on the book of the same name by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.
- 16Christopher Hampton , Don BlackBased on the book Dracula by Bram Stoker.
The Life and Adventures of Nicholas NicklebyDavid EdgarBased on the book of the same name by Charles Dickens.
- 18Joanne GreenbergBased on the book of the same name by Joanne Greenberg.
- 19Lew WallaceBased on the book Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ by Lew Wallace.
My Life As a 10-Year-Old BoyNancy Cartwright, Rose GossBased on the book of the same name by Nancy Cartwright.
The MasqueraderJohn Hunter BoothBased on the book of the same name by Katherine Cecil Thurston.
Girl With a Pearl EarringTracy ChevalierBased on the book of the same name by Tracy Chevalier
Travels With My AuntGiles HavergalBased on the book of the same name by Graham Greene.
The AffairRonald MillarBased on the book of the same name by C.P Snow.
- 25Adrian Sutton , Nick StaffordBased on the book of the same name by Michael Morpurgo.