From Story to Stage: British Academy Literature Week takes literature off the page

From 15-21 May 2017, the British Academy opens its doors to celebrate how stories are told, adapted and transformed. In a week of talks, performances and interactive events, the Academy will explore literature on and off the page.

From literary spin-offs of The Famous Five to stage versions of Matilda, new adaptations bring characters and plots to a wider audience, reflecting changing times and tastes. But what does each new storyteller owe to the original text and its author? And can their re-inventions inspire appreciation of old favourites?

Highlights include a discussion at the Royal Opera House with British Academy Fellow, Jonathan Bate, on the challenges of adapting Shakespeare for the stage. Author of the bestselling Enid Blyton for Grown-Ups, Bruno Vincent, will discuss reworking a children’s classic for the twenty-first century, while a free Late evening event will explore how literature continues to be transformed for new audiences, from stage and screen adaptations to artwork inspired by literary classics.

Throughout the week, visitors will be able to drop in on an interactive sensory installation at the British Academy exploring Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice through type, sound, sight and scent by renowned artists AVM Curiosities and Type Tasting.

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