Sir Paul McCartney gets to work on It’s A Wonderful Life stage version

Beatles icon Paul McCartney, 77, set to work on a musical stage adaptation of Christmas classic It’s A Wonderful Life

Sir Paul McCartney has revealed he is working on a stage adaptation of Christmas classic It’s A Wonderful Life. 

The former Beatle, 77, is in the process of adapting Frank Capra’s iconic 1946 festive fantasy drama based on Philip Van Doren Stern’s short story, The Greatest Gift, for the stage.

As well as writing all of the music, he has teamed up with Tony Award-winning English writer Lee Hall, to write the lyrics, while theatre impresario Bill Kenwright will produce the show, which will hit the stage next year.

New project: Sir Paul McCartney has revealed he is working on a stage adaptation of Christmas classic It’s A Wonderful Life

Kenwright approached Sir Paul three years ago after acquiring the rights to the much-loved film over seven decades after its release.

‘Like many of these things this all started with an email. Bill had asked if it was something I might be up for,’ said Sir Paul.

‘Writing a musical is not something that had ever really appealed to me but Bill and I met up with Lee Hall and had a chat and I found myself thinking this could be interesting and fun.’ 

The rocker said that he was keen to adapt It’s A Wonderful Life as it is a ‘universal’ story that ‘we can all relate to.’ 

Touching tale: It’s A Wonderful Life tells the story of George Bailey (James Stewart), who is saved by his guardian angel Clarence when he considers taking his own life

Paul is hoping to get the stage production ready for next year. 

The much-loved film stars James Stewart as George Bailey, a man who has devoted his life to helping others and who is shown the value of his own life by a guardian angel to stop him killing himself.   

In the heartwarming film, the angel shows George what life would have looked like for people in his town if he hadn’t been there for them. 

Starring role: The stage adaptation of It’s A Wonderful Life will take inspiration from the well-loved 1946 film, according to The Sun (James Stewart pictured in character)

It was nominated for five Oscars the year it was released and is now considered a Christmas classic for many people over the festive period. 

In recent days, Paul invited bandmate Ringo Starr onstage to wrap up his Freshen Up world tour in front of 58,000 fans at Dodger Stadium, in Los Angeles.

The rocker also paid tribute to late Beatles George Harrison by singing Something, as well as John Lennon by performing Here Today. 

Skills: The Beatles icon, 77, will write the musical with the help of Billy Elliot scribe Lee Hall, 52, and theatre producer Bill Kenwright, 73 

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