Douglas Gresham: Prince Caspian Play is Better Than the Movie
Douglas Gresham, step-son of C.S. Lewis, was a co-producer on Disney/Walden’s The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008). But, he prefers the new stage adaptation at The Logos Theatre in Taylors, SC.
This is the first time Prince Caspian has been seen on a professional stage. Read our review.
Gresham: “I rather enjoyed [the play] more than the film we made out of it. The film, of course, has all the high technology and computer-generated imagery and all that sort of stuff that we can do very well. But, I felt that our script was a little bit lost in the translation from the book. I would like to have stayed closer to the book. And [the play] did. But, I suppose I’m a Narnia purist in one sense. I don’t like to change the book at all if we can avoid it. And there are certain scenes and areas where we have to. But sometimes in the movies, I think we get carried away and make changing it for change’s sake. And [the play] didn’t do that.”
This is just short clip from the 16-minute discussion between Douglas Gresham and Director Nicole Stratton included on “The Making of Prince Caspian” DVD. Later in the video, Gresham describes a couple changes from the book that he approved of: Opening the play with a prologue explaining the origin of the Telmarines, and fleshing out the relationship between young Caspian and his nurse.