‘Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.’
Christmas Eve, 1946, Bedford Falls. Down-on-his-luck banker George Bailey feels life has passed him by, and he’s at the end of his rope.
But when George’s guardian angel pays him a visit, he’s amazed to discover what life in his beloved town would be like without him. Maybe it’s a wonderful life, after all?
Based on the critically acclaimed Frank Capra movie, Mary Elliott Nelson’s reimagining is a joyful story of love, hope and community.
Commissioned by New Perspectives Theatre, It’s a Wonderful Life has been produced around the UK, including a revival in 2023 at Reading Rep Theatre. Written for four actors, but suitable for many more, it offers other theatre companies a heartfelt adaptation of a much-loved classic to charm and delight audiences – at Christmas or any other time of the year!
‘Cleverly makes us think about our lives and how we fit into our communities’
‘A magical stage adaptation… offers surprises while being truthful to the narrative’
— York Press
‘Beautifully conceived… rises to this challenge of translating such an uplifting and moving story to the stage with just four actors… an exceptional piece of theatre’
— West End Best Friend
‘Has a delightfully atmospheric economy… Nelson’s text hits the right beats… Capra’s message about valuing what we have shines through in this festively enjoyable production’
— The Stage
‘Fans of this story will not be disappointed… the perfect show to see with your family over the festive period’
— Theatre and Tonic