List Rules Vote up the best stage plays that were originally based on a book.
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!
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Les MisérablesClaude-Michel Schönberg, Jean-Marc Natel, Herbert Kretzmer - Based on the book of the same name by Victor Hugo.
Tom Islava added Fiddler on the RoofSheldon Harnick , Jerry Bock , Joseph Stein - Based on the tales by Sholem Aleichem
A Christmas CarolPatrick Stewart - Based on the book of the same name by Charles Dickens.