How do audiences react differently to theatre when translated from stage to screen or vice versa?

Movie adaptations of theatrical productions have always been popular among viewers, though they have had a sudden increase in popularity since the end of 2012, when the highly anticipated Les Misérables movie was released. It was both a critical and commercial success which has led to other famous shows, such as Miss Saigon and Wicked, being considered for a movie version. In juxtaposition with this are movies that have had stage shows created from them, such as ‘The 39 Steps’ (1915) and Ghost (1990), the latter being turned into a musical from a non-musical movie. Many productions undergo changes when transferred from stage to screen, and vice versa, for various reasons, and these changes can alter the audience’s interpretation, and even their reaction. These changes aren’t always good, but neither are they bad, and different audiences react differently to them. So, what are these major changes that are made for the silver screen and the stage, and why are they felt to be necessary?

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9 thoughts on “How do audiences react differently to theatre when translated from stage to screen or vice versa?

  1. bobbi14 says:

    You opening paragraph gets straight to the point and tells the audience exactly what you plan on writing about. You have included media terminology which is great. Maybe you could information/examples about what shows that have been turned into movies have been good or bad.

    • Ella Stewart says:

      Thanks, I’ll put in some examples of successful adaptations and why they did well, the same with unsuccessful ones, in another part of the essay.

  2. kingemma96 says:

    Great introduction to give the reader an insight of the different adaptations their are. Maybe you should comment more about the audience and their reaction towards these adapations but i like the rhetorical question at the end as it engages the reader, making them want to find out the answer and read more.I think this is a good start to leading you on to your next paragraphs as it doesnt give too much away.

    • Ella Stewart says:

      Thanks, I will go into more depth about how audiences tend to react to particular changes in a later paragraph, didn’t think it really fit into the introduction paragraph.

    • Ella Stewart says:

      This is only the opening paragraph to the essay, and I didn’t want it to be too long and drag on so that the reader got bored.

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