Pilgrim's Progress

Dramatizations, music, and film

  • The novel was made into a film, Pilgrim's Progress, in 1912.[53]
  • In 1950 an hour-long animated version was made by Baptista Films. This version was edited down to 35 minutes and re-released with new music in 1978. As of 2007 the original version is difficult to find, but the 1978 has been released on both VHS and DVD.[54]
  • In 1951 First performance of the opera "The Pilgrim's Progress", composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams, at the Royal Opera of Covent Garden
  • In 1978, another film version was made by Ken Anderson, in which Liam Neeson played the role of the Evangelist [55] and other smaller roles like the crucified Christ. Maurice O'Callaghan played the Pilgrim,[55] and Peter Thomas played Worldly Wiseman.[55] A sequel Christiana followed later.
  • In 1985 Yorkshire Television produced a 129-minute 9-part serial presentation of The Pilgrim's Progress with animated stills by Alan Parry and narrated by Paul Copley entitled Dangerous Journey.
  • In 1989, Orion's Gate, a producer of Biblical/Spiritual audio dramas produced The Pilgrim's Progress as a 6-hour audio dramatization.[56] This production was followed several years later by Christiana: Pilgrim's Progress Part II, another 8 hour audio dramatization.
  • In 1993, the popular Christian radio drama, Adventures in Odyssey (produced by Focus on the Family), featured a two-part story, titled "Pilgrim's Progress: Revisited."
  • In 1994, "The Pilgrim's Progress" and the imprisonment of John Bunyan were the subject of the musical Celestial City[57] by David MacAdam, with John Curtis, and an album was released in 1997.
  • In 2003 the game Heaven Bound was released by Emerald Studios. The 3D adventure-style game, based on the novel, was only released for the PC.[58]
  • A 2005 computer animation version was made, directed and narrated by Scott Cawthon, today noted as being developer of the popular indie horror video game Five Nights at Freddy's. Cawthon has also produced a video game adaptation.
  • In 2008, a version by Danny Carrales,Pilgrim's Progress: Journey to Heaven, was produced.
  • At the 2009 San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival, the adaptation Pilgrim's Progress: Journey to Heaven received one nomination for best feature length independent film and one nomination for best music score.
  • British music band Kula Shaker released an album called Pilgrim's Progress on 28 June 2010.
  • In 2003 Michael W. Smith wrote a song, called Signs, which he says on his A 20 Year Celebration live DVD to be inspired by the Pilgrim's Progress.
  • Jim Winder performs a live telling of Pilgrim's Progress (the first part) with contemporary Christian songs based on the story line and Biblical content.[59]
  • Season 7, episode 16 of Family Guy (17 May 2009) is a parody of The Pilgrim's Progress "Peter's Progress."[60]
  • In 2010, FishFlix.com released the Ambassador Films production A Pilgrim's Progress - The Story of John Bunyan to DVD. A documentary about Bunyan's life, filmed on location in England and narrated by Derick Bingham.[61]
  • In 2013, Puritan Productions company announced the premiere of its dramatization with ballet & chorus accompaniment in Fort Worth, Texas at the W.E. Scott Theatre on October 18–19
  • In 2014, a Kickstarter supported novel called The Narrow Road was published. It is based on The Pilgrim's Progress, and was written by Erik Yeager and illustrated by Dave delaGardelle.
  • In 2014, Puritan Productions company announced its second showing of their dramatization of the book, with ballet & chorus accompaniment. This time, in Garland, Texas at the Granville Arts Center on October 24, 25, and 26.
  • In March, 2015 Director Darren Wilson announced a Kickstarter campaign to produce a full-length feature film based on The Pilgrims Progress called Heaven Quest: A Pilgrim's Progress Movie. [62]

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