‘A Clockwork Orange’ musical set for Manchester

Anthony Burgess' songs likened to 'My Fair Lady' and 'West Side Story'

The hit novel and film, A Clockwork Orange, is set to be turned into a musical with lyrics and songs by its original author, Anthony Burgess.

The musical described as a “re-visioning of the story” will be performed in Manchester next year, as part of the 50th anniversary of the novel.

Speaking to Manchester Evening News about the event, director of the International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Dr Andrew Biswell said: “It is a much lighter version of the story, compared to the film. The musical numbers are very brisk and light, like My Fair Lady.”

He added, “The music is really important because it establishes a tone and a mood. It’s pretty close to West Side Story – that’s one of the obvious influences on it.”

The novel, A Clockwork Orange, was released in 1962 before being adapted for the screen by Stanley Kubrick.


Describing why Burgess felt a musical was necessary Dr. Biswell said, “The reason why Burgess wanted to make his own stage adaptation, quite a long time after Kubrick made the film, was to assert his own ownership of the story.”

The anniversary show will also include an exhibition featuring props and stills from the film. For more information visit the official Anthony Burgess website.

Anthony Burgess died in November 1993, aged 76.