Anne of Green Gables

Adaptations

Film

  • 1919: Anne of Green Gables – a silent film adapted to the screen by Frances Marion, it was directed by William Desmond Taylor and starred Mary Miles Minter as Anne. This is considered a lost film.
  • 1934: Anne of Green Gables – directed by George Nichols Jr., this black & white "talkie" starred Dawn O'Day as Anne Shirley. After filming, O'Day changed her screen name to "Anne Shirley".
  • 1940: Anne of Windy Poplars – directed by Jack Hively, this black & white "talkie" starred Dawn O'Day as Anne Shirley, now billed as "Anne Shirley".
  • 2015+: Anne of Green Gables – an upcoming feature film version of Anne of Green Gables – The Musical.[22]

Television movies

  • 1956: Anne of Green Gables – made for television, this version was directed by Norman Campbell and starred Toby Tarnow as Anne. Tarnow performed as the first musical Anne.
  • 1957: Anne de Green Gables – a French-Canadian television film, it was directed by Jacques Gauthier, with Mireille Lachance in the role as Anne Shirley.
  • 1958: Anne of Green Gables – a recreation of the 1956 film, directed by Don Harron and starred Kathy Willard who replaced Toby Tarnow in the role as Anne.
  • 1972: Anne of Green Gables – a made for television 5-part mini-series, this British version was directed by Joan Craft, with Kim Braden in the role of Anne.
  • 1975: Anne of Avonlea – a made for television 4-part mini-series, this British version was directed by Joan Craft with Kim Braden in the role of Anne.
  • 1985: Anne of Green Gables – a CBC 4-hour television mini series, it was directed by Kevin Sullivan with Megan Follows as Anne.
  • 1987: Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel, a sequel to the 1985 miniseries, this aired on the Disney Channel as Anne of Avonlea: The Continuing Story of Anne of Green Gables.
  • 2000: Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story was a television miniseries loosely based upon the novels.
  • 2005: Anne: Journey to Green Gables – animated video film produced by Sullivan Entertainment, prequel to Anne of Green Gables: The Animated Series
  • 2008: Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning – a television miniseries whose script is not based on the novels.
  • 2010: Akage no An: Road to Green Gables – an anime compilation film of the first six episodes of Akage no An (1979).
  • 2016: Anne of Green Gables – a 90 minute made for television adaptation of the book by Breakthrough Films & Television is scheduled to begin filming in Toronto in May 2015.[23][24] Casting was held in February 2015.[25] (This replaces the previously announced 13-part series that had been set to film in 2013.[26]) It was adapted by Susan Coyne, directed by John Kent Harrison and stars Ella Ballentine as Anne.[27]

Television series

  • 1952: Anne of Green Gables – a BBC television series starring Carole Lorimer as Anne.
  • 1979: Akage no An ("Red-Haired Anne") – an animated television series, part of Nippon Animation's World Masterpiece Theater, produced in Japan in 1979, directed by Isao Takahata.
  • 1990–1996: Road to Avonlea – a live-action television series produced by Kevin Sullivan, based upon characters and episodes from several of L.M. Montgomery's books, excluding Anne Shirley. Gilbert Blythe, Marilla Cuthbert, and other characters from the Anne books are included and the series is set within the same continuity as Sullivan's 1980s miniseries. Shown on The Disney Channel in the U.S. under the title Avonlea.
  • 2000: Anne of Green Gables: The Animated Series – a PBS animated series for older children ages eight to twelve airing on PBS, created by Sullivan Entertainment Inc..
  • 2009: Kon'nichiwa Anne: Before Green Gables – part of the World Masterpiece Theater, prequel to Akage no An, based on Budge Wilson's authorized prequel Before Green Gables.

Stage

  • Anne of Green Gables – The Musical. This show has been performed annually in the summer since 1965. Annual Charlottetown Festival features Canada's longest-running main stage musical production, which has had a total audience of more than 2 million. Anne of Green Gables – The Musical was composed by Canadians Don Harron and Norman Campbell, with lyrics by Elaine Campbell and Mavor Moore. The production has been performed before Queen Elizabeth II and has also toured across Canada, the United States, and Europe. It had a run in London's West End in 1969. The Charlottetown Festival production performed at the 1970 World's Fair in Osaka, Japan. Walter Learning directed and organized a successful national tour of the musical in Japan in 1991.
  • The Guild in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, hosts Anne and Gilbert, The Musical. Written by Nancy White, Bob Johnston and Jeff Hochhauser, the production is based on Montgomery's sequels featuring Anne Shirley.
  • The Nine Lives of L.M. Montgomery, a musical adapted from Montgomery's novel and her life, opened at Kings Playhouse in Georgetown, Prince Edward Island on June 20, 2008, the 100th anniversary of the book's publication. With book and lyrics by Adam-Michael James and music by Emmy-nominated composer Leo Marchildon, the musical depicts events from Montgomery’s life and features as characters heroines from all of her novels. Anne figures prominently, and is shown from age 12 into her 40s. Gilbert Blythe also appears. The show’s second production was at the Carrefour Theatre in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island and opened July 11, 2009. Both years, the musical was nominated for The Prince Edward Island Museum and Heritage Foundation's Wendell Boyle Award. In July 2010, a concert version of the show toured Prince Edward Island, with four performances at Green Gables.[28]
  • Theatreworks USA, a New York-based children's theatre company, produced an Anne of Green Gables musical in 2006 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. A revived production, with musical contributions from Gretchen Cryer, is planned to tour grade-schools.
  • The Peterborough Players, based in Peterborough, New Hampshire, staged an adaptation by Joseph Robinette of Anne of Green Gables in August 2009.[29]

Radio

  • 1941: Anne of Green Gables – a British radio drama produced and broadcast by BBC Home Service Basic and adapted into four parts by Muriel Levy. Starring Cherry Cottrell as Anne.
  • 1944: Anne of Green Gables – a recreation of the 1941 radio drama, produced and broadcast by BBC Home Service Basic.
  • 1954: Anne of Green Gables – a Canadian radio drama produced and broadcast by CBC Radio, adapted into 13 parts by Andrew Allen and possibly starred Toby Tarnow as Anne.
  • 1966: Anna zo Zeleného domu – a Slovak radio drama produced and broadcast by Czechoslovak Radio, with Anna Bučinská as Anne.
  • 1971: Anne of Green Gables – a British radio drama produced and broadcast by BBC Radio 4, adapted into 13 parts by Cristina Sellors and read by Ann Murray.
  • 1997: Anne of Green Gables – a British radio drama produced and broadcast by BBC Radio 4, dramatized into five parts by Marcy Kahan and starred Barbara Barnes as Anne.

Web

  • 2014–2015: Green Gables Fables – an American-Canadian web series where the story is conveyed in the form of vlogs, tweets, Tumblr posts and other social media. It is a modern adaptation of Anne of Green Gables, and many of the elements in it have been changed to better suit 21st-century culture. Mandy Harmon portrays the main character, Anne Shirley.

Fiction

  • 2015: Ana of California: A Novel, by Andi Teran, a “contemporary spin on Anne of Green Gables,” is due for a paperback release by Penguin Books in June, 2015. The lead character of Anne Shirley has been adapted to Ana Cortez, a fifteen-year-old orphan who, according to pre-release copies, “can’t tell a tomato plant from a blackberry bush” when she leaves East Los Angeles for the Northern California farm of Emmett and Abbie Garber.

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