It is a truth universally acknowledged that everyone loves a great story.
Whether romantic, tragic, or thrilling, stories have the ability to leap off the page and capture our imaginations, leaving us thirsty for more.
From Harry Potter to Great Expectations everyone has that one classic book that keeps them hooked until the very last page.
And if you, like us, love a stage adaptation of your favourite story, then you’re in luck!
To coincide with this year’s National Storytelling Week 2017, which celebrates the very best of storytelling, here’s our top five favourite literary-inspired stage adaptations not to be missed at the Centre.
Jane Austen’s classic romantic tale is sure to have true literary lovers rushing to the theatre this February.
The performance, running from February 21 to 25, is the perfect post-Valentine’s treat with your very own Mr Darcy.
Adapted for the stage by Simon Reade, Pride and Prejudice is heading to the Donald Gordon Theatre after sell-out performances at London’s Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.
Taking on the starring roles are Tafline Steen as Elizabeth Bennet and Benjamin Dilloway as Mr Darcy.
For those who loved the book this is one not to be missed ahead of Austen’s bicentennial in July.
The critically acclaimed adaptation of the 2003 best seller the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time is set to hit the Centre in May after claiming multiple Tony and Olivier Awards.
The story follows 15-year-old Christopher who is exceptional at Maths but is unable to deal with everyday life. However, when he is suspected of killing his neighbour’s dog he is taken on a journey that upturns his world.
The novel is being adapted for the stage by Simon Stephens and directed by Marianne Elliott following its highly-acclaimed run at the National Theatre.
The show will run from May 2 to May 6 at the Donald Gordon Theatre.
Everyone’s favourite literary heroine is set to make her mark at the Centre this June.
Charlotte Bronte’s trailblazing character Jane Eyre will come to life on the stage from June 27 to July 1.
The production, directed by Sally Cookson, is heading to Cardiff following a critically acclaimed season at the National Theatre.
The bold and dynamic production follows one independent woman’s fight for freedom and fulfilment.
This re-imagining of the classic 1847 novel is being brought to the stage by the National Theatre and Bristol Old Vic.
The Wicked Witch of the West is preparing to fly back into Cardiff.
Multi-award winning stage show Wicked is set to cast its magical spell over audiences once again from October 31 2018.
The acclaimed production is based on Gregory Maguire’s 1995 book Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West inspired by L Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
Since it burst onto Broadway 14 years ago it has captivated audiences.
Now it is preparing to return to the Centre for the first time since it thrilled Welsh audiences in 2013.
The unforgettable show, packed with musical favourites including Defying Gravity, will run until October 31 – November 24 2018.
Don’t miss this record-breaking production – or you’re certain to be green with envy!
The adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s beloved novel War Horse is gracing the stage in Cardiff after a record-breaking run at London’s West End.
Following eight successful years in the capital the show will be taking to the stage at the Centre from July 4 to July 28 2018.
The story, adapted for the stage by Nick Stafford, takes audiences on an emotionally-wrought journey from the Devonshire countryside to the trenches of First World War France.
It features stirring music and heartfelt songs with South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company bringing the heroic life-sized horses to the stage.