Rachel Wagstaff - Adaptor

Flowers for Mrs Harris, a new musical version, written by Rachel Wagstaff and Richard Taylor, opened in May 2016 at The Crucible, Sheffield Theatres. It won Best Musical Production at the UK Theatre Awards, 2016. Rachel also wrote the book for the original musical, Only the Brave, which opened at the Wales Millennium Centre, March 2016, music composed by Matthew Brind.

Rachel Wagstaff’s stage adaptation of Sebastian Faulks’s novel, Birdsong, was staged at the Comedy Theatre, West End, 2010-11. This production toured the UK 2013 – 2015, with The Original Theatre Company and Birdsong Productions Ltd.

With Duncan Abel, Rachel has co-adapted Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train, for the stage. The show will have its world premiere at West Yorkshire Playhouse, May 2018, co-produced with Simon Friend Entertainment.

Rachel’s first play, The Soldier, was produced at the Edinburgh Festival, 2004, and then transferred to The George Bernard Shaw Theatre, RADA. Rachel was then selected to be one of the original writers on the Old Vic New Voices Twenty Four Hour plays, for Old Vic New Voices in 2005. Her second play, Night Sky, was staged at the Old Vic, for Index on Censorship, starring Christopher Eccleston, David Warner and David Baddiel. Moonshadow, the musical she co-wrote with Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), was previewed at the Royal Albert Hall in 2010, and then produced at the Princess Theatre in Melbourne in June 2012. Her short play, That Girl, was produced at the Soho Theatre in June 2012, by DryWrite.

For radio, Rachel adapted Sebastian Faulks’ novel The Girl at the Lion d’Or for a five part series for Radio Four, for Woman’s Hour, transmitted in 2009. Her Afternoon Play, When I Lost You, also co-written with Duncan Abel, was transmitted on Radio Four in July 2013.

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