Stephen Briggs, on adapting Terry for the stage:
When I first adapted Terry for the stage (back in 1990), it was because I liked, enjoyed and admired his inventive and witty writing.
I knew, of course, that cuts would have to be made to fit an 80,000 word novel into a two hour play. My challenge was to ensure that my stage versions would still accurately reflect his characters, humour and plots. I aimed to retain, and portray, the spirit of each book.
Terry came to see all twenty of my shows, and liked what I did with them (to be fair, some more than others!).
I've written three more Pratchett shows since Terry passed - but I always have him sitting at my shoulder as I write, and I always picture him in the audience each night. I still write what I think he'd approve and enjoy.
Murder in Ankh-Morpork takes more liberties than a straight book-to-play adaptation, but I am still true to Terry's words, wit and characters. I think he'll enjoy it, and I hope his fans will, too.
I'm very grateful to Rob Wilkins and the Pratchett Estate for approving, and supporting, this project and title.