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Special Feature
by R. Kent Rasmussen © 2019

Stage Plays Adapted from Mark Twain's Works

Mark Twain playbooks

This table contains an unavoidably incomplete list of dramatic adaptations of Mark Twain writings known to have been published in book form or staged in major productions. Publication details for many of these plays are sketchy. Sold primarily by small companies specializing in working scripts for theater groups, most of these plays are not listed by the Library of Congress. Consequently, much of this information has been gathered from sites such as worldcat.org, amazon.com, Google Books, and web pages of various publishing firms, such as Samuel French and the Dramatic Publishing Co. Details provided on those various sites are typically incomplete and often contradictory. Wherever possible, publication details have been taken directly from printed copies of the plays, but details for most titles cannot be regarded as definitive. Note that many plays have been issued in multiple editions, sometimes by different companies. The dates given here are the earliest that have been observed for each play. Note, too, that this list includes a few radio plays that happen to have been published in books. No attempt has been made to include other radio plays or any screen plays at all.

 

DATE
TITLE
AUTHOR
THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER
1898
Shadows of the Past [Broadway production]
1902
Huckleberry Finn Lee Arthur
1931
Tom Sawyer: A Play in Four Acts [Broadway production] Paul Kester
1933
Tom Sawyer: A Play in Four Acts Beatrice Odie
1935
Tom Sawyer: A Play for Old & Young With or Without Music Sara Spencer
1936
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer: A Play in Three Acts Charles George
1936
Tom Sawyer: An Operetta in Three Acts Based on Mark Twain's Story, Tom Sawyer Theodosia Payneter, et al.
193?
Adventures of Tom Sawyer: A Play for the Marionette Theatre, in Four Acts Federal Theatre Project
1936
Tom Sawyer Wins Out: A One-Act Play-Dramatization from incidents in Mark Twain's famous story, "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" Pauline Phelps
1947
Tom Sawyer's Morning Regina Brown
1951
Mississippi Melody: An Operetta in Two Acts Based on the Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn Charles George
1955
Tom Sawyer: A Musical Play in 1 Act & 7 Scenes Jonathan Elkus
1956
Tom Sawyer: A New Musical Comedy Richard Berger (book); Luther Fran (music)
1956
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer: A Comedy in Four Acts Charlotte B. Chorpenning
1958
Tom Sawyer: A Musical Play Jack Urbont
1958
Tom Sawyer: A Play H. B. Sharp
1963
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer: An Ageless Comedy for Children & Grown-ups Alike in Three Acts Wilbur Braun
1963
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer: A Play with Music Robert A. Gibson
1965
Tom Sawyer's Treasure Hunt, (dramatized from Samuel L. Clemens' Tom Sawyer) in four acts Charlotte B. Chorpenning
1965
The Trial of Tom Sawyer
Virginia Glasgow Koste
1969
Tom Sawyer: A Play in Four Acts Mark Twain
1974
The Boys in Autumn Bernard Sabath
1975
Tom Sawyer Sarah Marie Schlesinger & Michael Dansicker
1976
Adventures of Tom Sawyer: Play Derek Lomas
1976
Tom Sawyer John Charlesworth and Tony Brown (Eric Wayman, music)
1977
Tom Sawyer: An Operetta Gwendolyn Skeens
1978
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Samuel L Rosen
1983
Tom Sawyer: A Comedy in Two Acts Tim J. Kelly
1984
Tom Sawyer
?
1989
Tom Sawyer: Opera in One Act Richard Owen
1990
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (A Full Length Play Adapted from the Novel by Mark Twain) Dave Barton and Matt Bond
1995
Tom Sawyer: A Musical Adaptation of the Mark Twain Classic Mary Donnelly and George L.O. Strid
1997
Adventures of Tom Sawyer John Worth
2001
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer [Broadway production] Ken Ludwig et al.
2007
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Timothy Mason
2007
Reader's Theater Classics/ Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer/ Whitewashing the Fence Jeanette Sanderson
2008
Tom Sawyer Ric Averell
2013
Mark Twain Presents The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Mike Parker
2013
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Laura Eason
2014
Further Adventures of Tom and Huck and Other Plays Don Nigro
2014
Tom Sawyer & Company: A Mini-Musical Based on The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Mark Cabaniss
2014
Tom Sawyer: A Chamber Opera Vocal Score Philip Martin
?
Tom Sawyer (Musical) Austin O'Toole
ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN
1934
Huckleberry Finn: A Comedy for Young & Old Roy F. Lewis
1936
Huck Finn, Detective Roy F. Lewis
1940
Huckleberry Finn: A Comedy Adapted from Mark Twain's Book of the Same Name Pauline Phelps
1942
Huckleberry Finn: A Comedy in Three Acts Jane Kendall
1948
Huckleberry Finn: Taken from the Mark Twain Novel Frank M. Whiting & Corinne Rickert
1949
Huckleberry Finn
?
1954
Huck Finn George Herman
1957
Livin' the Life [Off-Broadway production ] DaleWasserman & Bruce Geller
1968
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Musical Play Joseph Georg Caruso
1970
Huckleberry Finn: A Comedy in Three Acts Ann Coulter
1974
Huckleberry Finn (in three parts) Bob Lewis
1978
Huckleberry Finn
?
1981
Great Big River (By the Mississippi) [regional revival of Livin' the Life]
?
1983
Huck & Jim on the Mississippi
?
1985
Huckleberry Finn
Tony Brown, Eric Weyman, & John Charlesworth
1985
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Raymond Alwin-Hill
1986
Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn-A Musical Play William Hauptman & Roger Miller (music)
1988
Huck Finn's Story Aurand Harris
1990
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Randal Myler
1996
Huckleberry Finn Joanne Suter
1998
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Play Matthew Francis
1999
Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn : A True Telling of Huck's Adventures Rita Grauer & John Urquhart
2008
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (A Play) Timothy Mason
2014
Huckleberry in Love Michael Johnson
A CONNECTICUT YANKEE IN KING ARTHUR'S COURT
1927
Connecticut Yankee [Broadway production] Herbert Fields (book), Richard Rodgers (score), & Lorenz Hart (lyrics)
1941
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court: A Comedy in Three Acts John G Fuller
1943
Connecticut Yankee [Broadway production} Herbert Fields (book), Richard Rodgers (score), & Lorenz Hart (lyrics)
1950 ?
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (radio) NBC University Theater
1956
Radio Plays of Famous Stories ... [includes Tom Sawyer & Connecticut Yankee] Lewy Olfson
1987
Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court: Play Tim Kelly
1990
A Connecticut Yankee: The Musical Tim Kelly & Larry Nestor (music)
1996
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court Brad Korbesmeyer
2010
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court Johnny Simons
2017
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court Jeffrey Hatcher
THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER
1889
The Prince & the Pauper Abby Sage Richardson
1920
The Prince & the Pauper [Broadway production] Amelie Rives
1938
The Prince & the Pauper: Romantic Play in Three Acts: Dramatized from Samuel L. Clemens' Novel of the Same Name Charlotte B. Chorpenning
1963
The Prince & the Pauper: A New Musical Verna Tomasson et al.
1970
The Prince & the Pauper: A Full-Length Play Anne Coulter Martens
1974
The Prince & the Pauper: A Musical for Youth Gwendolyn Skeens & Deborah Newman
1983
The Prince & the Pauper: A Musical Play Patricia Sternberg
1985
The Prince & the Pauper: Musical Lyndon Jones & Mick Loftus
1995
The Prince & the Pauper Auran Harris
1995
The Prince & the Pauper: A Musical Comedy Lewis Hardee
2005
The Prince & the Pauper: A New Musical Neil Berg & Bernie Garzia
2006
The Prince & the Pauper: A Musical Play Based on the Book by Mark Twain Quintus Benziger
2007
The Prince & the Pauper: A Play Andrew Beattie
2012
The Prince & the Pauper [London West End production] Jemma Kennedy
PUDD'NHEAD WILSON
1895
Pudd'nhead Wilson [Broadway production] Frank Mayo
1958
Pudd'nhead Wilson Wilbur Braun
1958
Pudd'nhead Wilson: A Comedy-Drama in Three Acts Alice Chadwicke
OTHER WORKS BY MARK TWAIN
1874
Colonel Sellers Gilbert B. Densmore & Mark Twain
1877
Ah Sin Mark Twain & Bret Harte
1954
Mark Twain's A Doubled Barrelled Detective Story: A Mystery-Comedy in Three Acts Robert St. Clair
1966
The Apple Tree (Adam & Eve diaries) [Broadway production] Jerry Bock et al.
1972
Mark Twain's The Diary of Adam & Eve (A Play in One Act) Mark Bucci
1976
Five One-Act Plays by Mark Twain Jules Tasca
1979
Twain by the Tale: A Two Act Revue of Mark Twain Stories, Sketches, & Monologues (A Play) Dennis Snee
1980
Man with a Million: A Three-Act Play James L. Seay
1986
Quaker City Holy Land Excursion: An Unfnished Play Mark Twain
1987

Stage Plays from the Classics (includes Tom Sawyer, Connecticut Yankee, and "The One Million Pound Bank Note") Joellen Bland
1991
Tom Sawyer, Detective; from the Story by Mark Twain Joseph George Caruso
1999
The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg James Glossman
2003
Is He Dead? [also Broadway production] Mark Twain, David Ives
2009
American Tales: A Musical in Two Acts (includes "The Loves of Alonzo Fitz Clarence and Rosannah Ethelton") Ken Stone & Jan Powell (music)
2014
Mark Twain's Diaries of Adam & Eve: An Original One-Act Play, Inspired by the Short Fiction Norman Kolpas

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