Other versions of Bluebeard include:[11]

  • Pantomime versions of the tale were staged at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London as early as 1798, and famous editions there were by E. L. Blanchard in 1879 and starred Dan Leno in 1901.[12] Many of these productions orientalized the tale by setting it in the Ottoman Empire, often giving the wife the name Fatima. The popularity of the pantomime made orientalized depictions of Bluebeard common in English illustrations throughout the 19th century and into the early 20th century.
  • Ariane et Barbe-bleue by Paul Dukas
  • Bluebeard's Castle by Béla Bartók and Béla Balázs
  • Bluebeard by The Brothers Grimm
  • Barbe-bleue by Jacques Offenbach
  • Captain Murderer by Charles Dickens
  • The Awful History of Bluebeard by William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Bluebeard's Keys by Anne Thackeray Ritchie
  • The Seven Wives of Bluebeard by Anatole France
  • Bluebeard's Egg by Margaret Atwood
  • Bones by Francesca Lia Block.
  • Bluebeard (play), an off-Broadway comedy by Charles Ludlam
  • Bluebeard by Kurt Vonnegut
  • Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson
  • The Bloody Chamber the eponymous story of Angela Carter's Collection
  • Mr. Fox by Helen Oyeyemi
  • Blushing by Nalo Hopkinson
  • The Glass Bottle Trick by Nalo Hopkinson

In Charles Dickens' short story, the titular character is described as "an offshoot of the Bluebeard family", and is far more bloodthirsty than most Bluebeards: he cannibalises each wife a month after marriage. He meets his demise after his sister-in-law in revenge for the death of her sister, marries him and consumes a deadly poison just before he devours her.

In Joyce Carol Oates' short story, "Blue-Bearded Lover", the most recent wife is well aware of Bluebeard's murdered wives: she does not unlock the door to the forbidden room, and therefore avoids death herself. Strangely enough she remains with Bluebeard despite knowing he is a murderer, and gives birth to Bluebeard's children.

In DC Comics' Fables series, Bluebeard appears as an amoral character, willing to kill and often suspected of being involved in various nefarious deeds. Bluebeard is also a character in the video game by Telltale Games based on the Fables comics, The Wolf Among Us.

In the Japanese light novel and recently adapted manga/anime Fate/Zero, Bluebeard appears as the Caster Servant, where his character largely stems from Gilles de Rais as a serial murderer of children.

Bluebeard appears as a minor darklord in the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (2nd ed.) Ravenloft Accessory Darklords.

In Stephen King's The Shining, the story of Blue Beard is read by Jack to Danny as a three-year-old, to his wife's disapproval.

In theatre

  • Bluebeard, a ballet by the choreographer Marius Petipa to the music of composer Pyotr Schenk. Premiered 1896, Imperial Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia.
  • Bluebeard's kitchen, by the director Marc von Henning with Nikos Xatzopoulos, Akyllas Karazisis, Maria Skoula, Maria Kechagioglou, Natalia Dragoumi, Anna Mascha. Premiered October 31, 2001, Amore Theatre, Athens, Greece
  • Bluebeard by the director and choreographer Staša Zurovac and the composer Marjan Nećak. The new ballet work in The Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb is based on the famous legend of the Bluebeard finding inspiration in the novel The Seven Wives of Bluebeard of the French Nobel laureate Anatole France. The premiere - November, Friday 13, 2015.

In television

  • In a 1977 episode of Lou Grant, when considering their employer Mrs. Pychon's relationship with a media mogul, Lou Grant says to Charlie Hume, "They make a nice couple." Whereupon, Charlies responds : "How often do you think that was mentioned at Bluebeard's wedding ?" [13]
  • Bluebeard is featured in Grimm's Fairy Tale Classics as part of its "Grimm Masterpiece Theater" season.
  • The character Bluebeard is also featured as one of seven servants in the 2011 anime Fate/Zero.
  • Bluebeard is featured in The Fairytale Detective Sandra as the villain in the episode "The Forbidden Room".
  • Bluebeard is featured in Scary Tales, produced by the Discovery Channel, Sony and IMAX, episode one, in 2011. (This series is not related to the Disney collection of the same name.)
  • Bluebeard was the subject of the pilot episode of an aborted television series, Famous Tales (1951), created by and starring Burl Ives with music by Albert Hague.
  • Bluebeard was featured in an episode of the South Korean television show, Strong Woman Do Bong-soon (2017).

In other media

  • The fairytale of Bluebeard was the inspiration for the Gothic feminine horror game "Bluebeard's Bride" by Whitney "Strix" Beltrán, Marissa Kelly, and Sarah Richardson. Players play from the shared perspective of the Bride, each taking on an aspect of her psyche. Published by Magpie Games
  • Bluebeard is mentioned in "Blackberry Picking", a poem by Seamus Heaney.
  • Bluebeard is the title of and inspiration for a song by the Cocteau Twins. It was included on their 1993 album "Four-Calendar Café".
  • Bluebeard was adapted for BBC Radio 4 in 2014 in a radio play called Burning Desires by Pier Productions.
  • A crypt for Bluebeard and his wives is featured in the exit area of The Haunted Mansion at the Magic Kingdom park in Walt Disney World.
  • In the Sisters Grimm series by Michael Buckley, Bluebeard is a minor villain and attempts to kill Ms. White.
  • The legend of Bluebeard was the inspiration for the song "Go Long" by Joanna Newsom. It can be found on her 2010 album "Have One On Me"

In film

Several film versions of the story were made:

  • Barbe-bleue, a short film by Georges Méliès.
  • Bluebeard's 8th Wife, a 1923 silent directed by Sam Wood, starring Gloria Swanson.
  • Bluebeard's Eighth Wife, a 1938 remake of the Swanson silent, starring Claudette Colbert.
  • Bluebeard, a film directed by Edgar G. Ulmer, starring John Carradine.
  • Secret Beyond the Door, a 1948 contemporary adaptation by director Fritz Lang and produced by Walter Wanger, with Michael Redgrave making his Hollywood debut in the Bluebeard-inspired role and Wanger's wife Joan Bennett as Redgrave's new bride.
  • Blaubart, released in the United States as Bluebeard, a 1951 German-French film directed by Christian-Jaque, starring Hans Albers
  • Bluebeard (1972 film), a film directed by Edward Dmytryk, starring Richard Burton
  • The French film Barbe Bleue, directed by Catherine Breillat, is modeled closely on the work by Charles Perrault.
  • Monsieur Verdoux is a 1947 black comedy film directed by and starring Charles Chaplin.
  • The Piano, a 1993 film directed by Jane Campion. The film also serves as a retelling of the fairytale "Bluebeard", which is hinted at further in the inclusion of "Bluebeard" as a piece of the Christmas pageant.
  • Ochen' siniya boroda ("Very blue beard"), a 1979 Soviet animated film, gives modern satirical variations on the theme of Bluebeard.
  • La dernière femme de barbe bleue (1996 Urkraine-France animation film), parody in which Bluebeard is a victim of his wife.
  • Ex Machina, a 2015 film by writer/director Alex Garland, adapts the Bluebeard character as the reclusive CEO of a fictional tech company called "Bluebook" (a seeming amalgam of Google and Facebook described as having been named for Wittgenstein's Blue Book), dividing the role of Bluebeard's wife between a female-bodied AI and an unsuspecting Bluebook programmer summoned to evaluate it.
  • Crimson Peak, a 2015 Gothic horror film, has plot similarities to the tale of Bluebeard

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