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Anthony Burgess's Musical Adaptation of A Clockwork Orange Scheduled to Debut

July 21, 2011  |  2:40pm
Anthony Burgess's Musical Adaptation of <em>A Clockwork Orange</em> Scheduled to Debut

Almost a decade after his death, songs from author Anthony Burgess’s musical adaption of his own grimly violent novel, A Clockwork Orange, are scheduled to make their stage debut.

Burgess waited a decade after Stanley Kubric’s 1971 film adaption of the novel to begin work on his stage production. Dr. Andrew Biswell, director of the International Anthony Burgess Foundation, explains to BBC News, “The reason why Burgess wanted to make his own stage adaptation, quite a long time after Kubrick made the film, was to assert his ownership of the story.”

Burgess’s dark showtunes will be performed in Manchester next summer by graduates of the Royal Northern College of Music in celebration of the novel’s 50th anniversary. In 1990, the Royal Shakespeare Company premiered a production based on Burgess’s script, but his songs were replaced with compositions by U2’s Bono and The Edge.

A new musical adaptation of the story, written by Ed DuRanté and composed by Fred Carl, is scheduled to debut at Stratford’s Theatre Royal in September.

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