A musical stage adaptation of British film PRIDE is currently in development according to the film’s director Matthew Warchus.
Warchus, who is Artistic Director of The Old Vic in London, confirmed the news whilst promoting his new film adaptation of Matilda The Musical.
Rumours of a musical stage adaptation were first touted in 2014 following the films premiere with script writer Stephen Beresford saying they were looking at adapting the film for the stage. At that stage Warchus told the New York Daily News that it “may or may not be in the works”.
Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter this week, Warchus said “we are working on the musical now. Stephen Beresford, who wrote the screenplay, has written the adaptation already and we have songwriters working on it who are already delivering material. So this is becoming a reality.” He added “when I was sent the screenplay, my immediate reply was that I’d love to do it and are the stage adaptation rights available as it should be a musical.”
Based on a true story, the film depicts a group of lesbian and gay activists who raised money to help families affected by the British miners’ strike in 1984, at the outset of what would become the Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners campaign.
Warchus did not reveal if workshop productions have taken place or when the show will premiere.