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Simon Reade was Artistic Director of Bristol Old Vic. Other writing for the stage includes adaptations of Midnight's Children (with Salman Rushdie and Tim Supple) and Ted Hughes' Tales from Ovid (with Tim Supple), the play Epitaph for the Official Secrets Act (with Paul Greengrass) and an abridged version of Shaw's Back to Methuselah (with David Fielding), all for the RSC, where he was Literary Manager and Dramaturg.

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An Elephant in the Garden
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An Elephant in the Garden

Michael Morpurgo
 

A stage adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s best-selling children’s novel.

1945. Dresden, Germany. Lizzie, her mother – and an elephant from the zoo, flee the Allied fire-bombing in the end-game of the Second World War.

Escaping the Allies’ advance from the West – and also the advancing Russian armies from the East – this extraordinary trio of refugees meet: a downed RAF officer, cowering in a barn; a homeless school choir on the run and their Countess saviour, harbouring them from the Nazis; and the mechanised American cavalry, appearing over the horizon.

It is Lizzie’s story – but Marlene, the elephant, is the heroine. Plodding, obdurate, opportunistic, load bearing, indestructible, cheering – Marlene embodies the stubbornness of the human will and how it will do everything to survive.

Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-78319-174-1 | PB
Dear Mr. Shakespeare: Letters to a Jobbing Playwright
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Dear Mr. Shakespeare: Letters to a Jobbing Playwright

Simon Reade
 

Dear Mr. Shakespeare,
Thank you for submitting your script. We loved it! However…

What if Shakespeare was writing today? What if Shakespeare had to deal with the prejudices of today’s producers? What if he had to circumnavigate the same rapids of bureaucracy, financial constraints, cuts in funding, political correctness, forced re-writes, miscasting, rejections, put-downs and “friendly advice” that the writers of today encounter?

Taking today’s attitudes and playing them out in a series of fictional letters to the emerging Elizabethan playwright, Simon Reade has produced a sharp and novel companion to Shakespeare, for aficionados, actors, academics and audiences alike.


Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-829-4 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | HB
I Believe in Unicorns
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I Believe in Unicorns

Adapted by Danyah Miller and Dani Parr

Michael Morpurgo
 

Back by popular demand, for a second magical West End season, this intimate show is set in a library full of books that hold more than stories within their pages. It is a tale of the power of books, and the bravery of a young boy called Tomas. Tomas loves playing in the mountains where he lives and hates reading and school, but his world is turned upside down the day he meets the Unicorn Lady in his local library...

An enchanting and interactive show, I Believe in Unicorns sparks the imagination of both young and old. You too will believe in unicorns after joining Tomas's spellbinding journey! 

Cast : 1F
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-78319-997-6 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Moon Tiger
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Moon Tiger

Peneople Lively, Adapted by Simon Reade
 
Claudia Hampton is a popular historian, a strong, beautiful and difficult woman. Now in her seventies, she is plotting her greatest work—a history of the world. She looks back over her life growing up between the wars and remembers the people who have shared its triumphs and tragedies. Against a background of world events, Claudia’s own remarkable story provokes a sharp combination of sadness, shock and amusement.

A haunting story of loss and desire, Moon Tiger won the 1987 Booker Prize and is considered one of the great novels of the 20th century; this stage adaptation includes an introduction by the author Penelope Lively.
Cast : 10M, 9F, doubling possible
Oberon Books UK | 978-1-78319-101-7 | Sales Rights: Aust/NZ only | PB
Morpurgo: War Plays
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Morpurgo: War Plays

Private Peaceful/ Toro! Toro!/ The Mozart Question

Michael Morpurgo
 

Three war plays by Michael Morpurgo, author of War Horse, dramatised by Simon Reade.

Private Peaceful relives the short life of Tommo growing up in rural Devon before fighting the battles and facing the injustices of the First World War.

In Toro! Toro! young Antonito liberates his favourite bull from the ritualised killing of the bullfight as he tries to escape the Spanish Civil War.

In The Mozart Question Paolo Levi discovers the astonishing truth about his parents’ flight to Venice from the gas chambers of the Second World War.



 

Cast : 1M (multiple characters)
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-390-7 | Sales: Australia/NZ only | PB
Pride and Prejudice
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Pride and Prejudice

Simon Reade (adapted from Jane Austen's novel)
 
In a new stage adaptation by Simon Reade Jane Austen’s story of the five Bennet sisters and their pursuit of suitable husbands is the ultimate romantic comedy – set in an age when marriage was a serious matter.

On first meeting the handsome Mr Darcy, Elizabeth Bennet finds him arrogant and conceited. When he persuades his friend Bingley to break off a budding relationship with her beloved sister Jane, she dislikes him even more. But is he really the villain she thinks him? Jane Austen shows the folly of judging by first impressions, whilst poking gentle fun at the affectations and etiquette of provincial middle-class life.



Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84002-951-2 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Private Peaceful
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Private Peaceful

Private Peaceful / Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp / The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark

Simon Reade
 
Three rites-of-passage plays for the young person in all of us, brilliantly adopted from the books of three best-selling authors. 

Adapted from the stories by Michael Morpurgo, Philip Pullman and Jill Tomlinson. 

Private Peaceful - adapted by Michael Morpurgo
In this moving tale of youth cut short, seventeen year-old Tommo Peaceful relives his innocent rural past as he spends his last night in the trenches of World War One.

Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp  adapted  by Philip Pullman
This ancient magical tale is retold as a story of ambition and self-advancement, a young man's journey from lazy good-for-nothing to great wealth and power.

The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark  adapted  by Jill Tomlinson
In this delightfully witty classic, a fledging Barn Owl conquers his fears through a series of eye-opening encounters.



Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-660-3 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Private Peaceful
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Private Peaceful

Michael Morpurgo
 

Private Peaceful relives the life of Private Tommo Peaceful, a young First World War soldier awaiting the firing squad at dawn. During the night he looks back at his short but joyful past growing up in rural Devon: his exciting first days at school; the accident in the forest that killed his father; his adventures with Molly, the love of his life; and the battles and injustices of war that brought him to the front line. Winner of the Blue Peter Book of the Year, Private Peaceful is by the third Children's Laureate, Michael Morpurgo, award - winning author of War Horse. His inspiration came from a visit to Ypres where he was shocked to discover how many young soldiers were court - martialled and shot for cowardice during the First World War.

This edition also includes introductory essays by Michael Morpurgo, Associate Director of the Private Peaceful production Mark Leipacher, as well as an essay from Simon Reade, adaptor & director of this stage adaptation. 


 

Cast : 1M (multiple characters)
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-501-7 | Sales: Australia/NZ only | PB
Scarecrow and his Servant, The
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Scarecrow and his Servant, The

Simon Reade (adapted from Philip Pullman)
 
A fabulous stage adaptation of Philip Pullman’s children’s tale.

Delve into the magical world of Scarecrow as you accompany him as Jack, his trusty help-mate, and together you can embark on adventures that will make your head spin. From dodging dangerous bandits and surviving terrifying shipwrecks, to soaring through the skies with wild birds, this play is a roller-coaster ride of never-ending escapades. But when the river-polluting Buffaloni tyrants catch up with you for a final showdown, who will come to your rescue and save the day?

Review
It is refreshing to see an adaptation of this kind that is determined to show rather than tell -  Financial Times



Cast : 10M, 6F
Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-899-1 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Twist of Gold
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Twist of Gold

Michael Morpurgo
 

With famine gripping Ireland, Sean and Annie have just one chance of survival - they must find their father. Leaving their dying mother behind, they travel across rough seas to America. With only the gold torch that Annie wears as a necklace to protect them, they embark on a long and dangerous journey. But will they ever be reunited with their family?

Twist of Gold is an epic adventure, a classic novel by the masterful storyteller and author of War Horse, Michael Morpurgo.




Cast : 4M, 2F (doubling required)
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-206-1 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB