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Stealing the show

Stage adaptations of films are colonising the London theatre scene. A pity they're rubbish.

By David Benedict   May 2012

Vivien Leigh and Marlon Brando starred in A Streetcar Named Desire (1951): film used to look to theatre for inspiration, now the reverse is true ©WMCommons

It’s famous, it’s got retro-chic and it’s coming to a theatre near you: book now for the all-star stage version of The Towering Inferno. OK, that’s a joke. Not a very good one since turning a 1970s disaster movie into a theatre piece would be beyond preposterous. Wouldn’t it?

Public liability insurance and fire regulations might halt that particular project, but screen-to-stage adaptations…

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