'A Clockwork Orange' To Make Stage Debut

6:41 PM PST 07/21/2011 by Sarah Ewald

In honor of the controversial book's 50th anniversary, a theatrical version with music will be performed in the author's hometown of Manchester, England.

Anthony Burgess’s controversial novel A Clockwork Orange, which filmmaker Stanley Kubrick adapted for the screen in 1971, will make its stage debut next year. Graduates of Manchester, England’s Royal Northern College of Music will perform a musical version of the seminal work in the author’s hometown.

The production will take place at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation, which will host "Call For Papers: Fifty Years of A Clockwork Orange" from June 28 to July 1, 2012. Burgess himself wrote the script and composed the music before his death in 1993. The book was first released in 1962.

“The reason why Burgess wanted to make his own stage adaptation, quite a long time after Kubrick made the film, was to assert his own ownership of the story,” Dr. Andrew Biswell, director of the Foundation, told BBC News.

In 1990, Burgess’s script was performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company set to music by U2’s Bono and The Edge

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