Well this changes things.
British theater company Indie Garden Theater recently performed a stage adaptation of ‘(500) Days of Summer’ in Birmingham.
While not much media or details are available, besides the poster and headshots on their website, one blogger’s review seems fairly positive.
The theatrical version, adapted by Benedict Black and Beau Giblin of IndieGarden Theatre, is largely true to the film. Tricky scenes like the Ikea make-believe are left to filmed versions but the rest, including That Dance, are performed live and wonderfully so. Music is integral to the play, from the scene where Tom and Summer first interact throughout the film and the inclusion of a duo performing live on stage was a stroke of genius and added to the play’s impact.
That said the play was emotionally engaging, well directed. Whilst the initial response was bemusement as to how it would work, the play surpassed expectations, especially considering it was the world premier (at the Crescent Theatre in Birmingham). There’s no word on their website about more shows but if they do more it’s definitely one to see.
Would love to see others take this on — or it even come stateside.
(via @thisisweber, the film’s co-screenwriter)
Based on the original novel, the non-musical play will be mounted at LA’s Geffen Playhouse by director John Doyle. It will run from July 3rd to August 12th.
(PS This is for the UK run of his play.)