List of The Little Prince adaptations

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This list of The Little Prince adaptations is based on the novella of the same name (original title: Le Petit Prince) by the French writer, poet and aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

The illustrated book was first published in 1943. The novella is both the most read and most translated book in the French language, and was voted the best book of the 20th century in France. Translated into more than 250 languages and dialects (including braille),[1][2] selling close to two million copies per year with sales totalling more than 140 million copies worldwide, it has become one of the best-selling books ever published.[3]

Due to the story's wide appeal, the novella has been adapted into various media over the decades, including audio recordings, graphic novel, movie musicals, movie screen, animated series, live stage theatre, ballet and opera.[4]

Audio adaptations[edit]

Vinyl record[edit]

A short recording by Richard Burton narrating The Little Prince, excerpted from the longer 33⅓ RPM vinyl record album. Burton won the Best Children's Album Grammy Award for his narration (1975).

Radio broadcasts[edit]

Cassette tape and CD[edit]

  • 1959: An audio cassette adaptation in German, with Will Quadflieg in the role of narrator.
  • 1994: Adapted to a CD, by Matthew Mancini and others, with music by Fabio Concato, directed by Marco Carniti, on the EMI label from Milan, Italy in 1994
  • 1996: Marc André Coallier narrated Le Petit Prince, supported by Marc-André Grondin, Sophie Stanké, Paul Buissoneau, Ghislain Tremblay, Gaston Lepage, Jean-Pierre Gonthier and Gilbert Lachance. The accompanying music was performed by Alexandre Stanké.[16]
  • 1998: A CD adaptation is directed by Romain Victo-Pujebet, with rumors of Philippe Leroy, Lella Costa with original music by Olivier Priszlak, released in Paris by Gallimard and in Milan by Pontaccio.
  • 1999: An audiobook adaptation on the Patmos label, read by Ulrich Mühe, wins a Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik award in 2000 (ISBN 3-491-24058-1).
  • 2009: Hörbuch von Rausch (Ecstasy Audiobook) adaptation of Der kleine Prinz, with a new translation narrated by Jan Josef Liefers

Film and television[edit]

  • 1966: A Soviet–Lithuanian film adaptation Mažasis princas (Russian: Маленький принц), was made by Arūnas Žebriūnas.
  • 1966: The German DDR network broadcasts a TV movie of Der Kleine Prinz by Konrad Wolf
  • 1974: The first English film musical adaptation, titled The Little Prince, directed by Stanley Donen for Paramount Pictures, debuted to mixed reviews[17][18][19] The film is notable chiefly in that it marked the third last "Lerner and Loewe" collaboration (referring to lyricist and librettist Alan Jay Lerner and composer Frederick Loewe), which was also their final musical. The authors were dissatisfied with the film's Hollywood treatment, with Loewe subsequently refusing to visit London to supervise the arrangement and recording of its musical score. The film was unsuccessful at the box office, but has become somewhat of a cult classic, featuring Bob Fosse, who choreographed his own dance sequences as The Snake, and Gene Wilder who played The Fox.[17][18]
  • 1978: The Adventures of the Little Prince, a Japanese animated series based on the book, aired in Europe and North America in the 1970s and 1980s. The show was made by the Knack animation studio and first aired in Japan in 1978 under the title Hoshi no Ōjisama Puchi Puransu (星の王子さま プチ・プランス, Prince of the Stars: Petit Prince).[18][20] In it, the little prince often traveled to Earth to help people. During the 1980s, the English-language version was aired in the United States on ABC and then Nickelodeon, as internationally produced animation often was.[19] The English version featured Julie Dees (later voiced by veteran voice actress Katie Leigh) in the role of the Little Prince and is available on DVD from Koch Vision.[citation needed]
1978: A Russian animated series Приключения Маленького принца (The Adventures of the Little Prince) is produced by Franklin Kofod.
1990: A French film adaptation is released as Le Petit Prince by Jean-Louis Guillermou, with Guy Gravis, Daniel Royan and Alexandre Warner.
2011: Der kleine Prinz is produced for DVD in Berlin, directed by Lorenz Christian Köhler.


The novella has been transformed into ballet productions on a number of occasions, including in:

Graphic novel[edit]

Operas and musical productions[edit]

One of numerous live stage musical adaptations of Saint-Exupéry's child and adult fable, this one at the Lycée Antoine de Saint-Exupéry in Santiago, Chile (2011)
2003: Opera composer Nikolaus Schapfl composes, Der Kleine Prinz in German,[42] after first obtaining the rights from the author's heirs in 1998. The opera is in two acts and calls for 11 soloists, chorus and orchestra. As of 2007, it has been performed 25 times in seven other European cities by five different orchestras and ensembles. In 2005, it was broadcast by Bavarian Classic Radio.
  • 2004: An operatic version of The Little Prince was directed by Francesca Zambello and broadcast on the UK's BBC Two television network on 27 November 2004, as a studio-filmed production starring Joseph McManners as The Prince and Teddy Tahu Rhodes as The Pilot, and later released as a DVD by the BBC.[18]
  • 2015: A new musical version in German of "The Little Prince" produced by 3for1 Trinity Concerts GmbH in Lorsch, Germany, premiered at the Musical Theater Niedernhausen (Wiesbaden) on December 12/2015. The music of "Der kleine Prinz-Das Musical" was written by American soprano Deborah Sasson, the libretto and the lyrics are by Jochen Sautter, who also directed and choreographed the show. The role of the prince was created by the young tenor Moritz Bierbaum, the role of the pilot by French Canadian bass baritone Benoit Pitre. The show is currently touring in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy and has received raving reviews.
  • 2016: A new musical version of The Little Prince will be produced by Theatre Calgary in Calgary, Alberta, Canada in association with Lamplighter Drama (London, UK), as adapted by Nicholas Lloyd Webber (son of Andrew Lloyd Webber) and James D. Reid, with Sarah Caraher at the Prince, Adam Brazier as the Pilot, and Louise Pitre as the Snake.[43] This production has received the full endorsement of the Saint-Exupéry Estate.[44]

Live theatre dramas[edit]

  • 1950: The first German theatrical adaptation of Der Kleine Prinz is created by puppeteer Rudolf Fischer.[45]
  • 1971: An Italian theatrical adaptation is produced by Remo Rostagno and Bruna Pilgrims as Il piccolo principe di Saint-Exupéry, letto, interpretato e riscritto da un gruppo di bambini di undici anni (The Little Prince by Saint-Exupéry, read, interpreted and rewritten by a group of children of eleven years of age).[46]
  • 1987: Adapted to live theatre in English by David Zucker, produced by Esquire Jauchem and Peter Ellenstein[47][48] as The Little Prince, featuring David Morse and Bridget Hoffman, at the Cast Theatre and Burbage Theatre in Los Angeles, California, United States* Zucker's adaptation was previously produced by Boston Repertory Theatre Multiple times in the 1970s-1980s.
  • 1994: Adapted to live theatre in Italian as Il piccolo principe, featuring Maria Antonietta and Giuseppina Canapa, at the Aperto Theater in Osimo, Ancona, Italy
  • 2000: A play adaptation of The Little Prince, was written by Rick Cummins and John Scoullar.[citation needed]
  • 2002: The French-language musical, Le Petit Prince, by composer Riccardo Cocciante, ran at the Casino de Paris from October 2002 to January 2003. Daniel Lavoie played The Pilot while Jeff Tetedoie played The Prince. It was reprised at the Shanghai Oriental Art Centre in July 2007, and in the Hong Kong Cultural Centre in January 2008 with lyrics by Elizabeth Anais.[7][49]
  • 2002: Adapted to a live theatre play by Anja Pirling, herself playing the main part of "The little prince". Opening night in the Circus Krone Munich, than touring for 6 years in more than 140 cities (concert halls and theatres with up to 2000 seats) in Germany.
  • 2005: Peter Joucla adapted and directed a version for Tour de Force Theatre which toured Germany between October and December 2005, produced by American Drama Group Europe.[50]
  • 2008: The Little Prince was staged as a solo play by Indian actress Rashi Bunny directed by Arvind Gaur and adapted to Hindi by Capt. Rigved (2008–09)[4][51]
2008: The Hampstead Theatre in London, England produced a theatre adaptation of The Little Prince, which ran from December 2008 to January 2009.[52][53]
2008: A French theater adaptation with interactive video is produced by the group Theatre Trois Hangars, staged by Jean-Louis Kamoun with Nils Kasch (as The Prince ), Julien Asselin (The Aviator), Nans Combes (all other characters) and Olivier Durand (video).[54]
  • 2011: The Portuguese drama company Byfurcação produces a theatrical adaptation under the title O Principezinho na Quinta da Regaleira.[citation needed]
2011: The Oxford University Dramatic Society scheduled a tour of a new translation and adaptation of the book to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2011.[citation needed]
2011: Serbian director Srdjan Simic produces a Russian language adaptation in Moscow, Маленького принца, based on The Little Prince, in which the story is set in Kosovo.
  • 2012: The Dragonfly Theatre Co. put on an original adaptation in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, in November 2012.[55][56]
  • 2015: Bossy Flyer created an acrobatic theatre adaptation called Flight. Adapted and directed by Ezra LeBank, Flight premiered at the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and was performed Off-Broadway at the Barrow Street Theatre in New York City in September 2016.
  • 2016: Christine Lesiak created a radical, site-specific, adaptation titled The Object of Constellations, in which the character of the pilot is recast as an female astronomer. It premiered April 2016 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, at the astronomical observatory of the University of Alberta.[57][58]
  • 2017: Théâtre du Rêve staged a new French-language adaptation by Carolyn Cook in Atlanta, Georgia.[59]

Music and cultural references[edit]

  • 1974: Rock band Genesis's initial concept for their 1974 album (that became The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway) was initially The Little Prince.[citation needed]
  • In 1975, Yehonatan Geffen wrote a song called The Little Prince, telling about a soldier who served alongside him and was killed during a combat exercise. The song contains numerous allusions to the book.
  • 1979: The Russian rock band Mashina Vremeni played a concert program in 1979–80, called The Little Prince and included intersong quotations from the book. The whole concept of the program (the live version was released in 2000) was based on the story and the philosophy of the book.[citation needed]
  • 1994: Le Petit Prince à La Geode, a multimedia show with music by Giuseppe Verdi and Claude Debussy, was produced by Gianni Ravens and Pierre Goismier at the Géode Music Hall in Paris, France
  • 1997: An orchestral suite is conducted by Nicholas Schapfl, in Shanghai, China
  • 1999: Jana Kirschner, a lead slovak singer has a song "Fox", named after a character from the book. The lyrics of the song deal with the relationship between The Little Prince and The Fox.[citation needed]
  • 2002: The cover art of the Japanese band P-MODEL's album Perspective was inspired by the book; the album also includes the song A Large Snake (うわばみ, Uwabami), whose lyrics (written by P-MODEL member Susumu Hirasawa), also reference the book.[60]
2002: The U.S. screamo band The Saddest Landscape takes their name from the closing passage of The Little Prince, and one of their songs, "Forty Four Sunsets", refers to one of the book's episodes.[61][62]
2006: Singer–pianist Regina Spektor has a song entitled "Baobabs", which refers to The Little Prince and the effect it has on its readers. The song entitled "Baobabs" was included in their special edition vinyl album, Begin to Hope, released in June 2006.[64]
  • 2008: The Taiwanese female group band S.H.E released a song entitled "Planet 612", which pays tribute to The Little Prince.[65]
  • 2010: JimmyThumP/OneRoomSong composed a Vocaloid song entitled "Little Traveler", that is based on the story.[66]
  • 2012: sasakure.UK composed a song entitled "to asteroid B-612", that is based on the story.
  • 2015: Prog band Riverside drew inspiration from The Little Prince when writing opening track Lost (Why Should I Be Frightened By a Hat?) on their album Love, Fear and the Time Machine.[67][68]
  • 2016: The South Korean singer Kim Ryeowook of idol group Super Junior released his first solo minialbum entitled "The Little Prince" which features the lead single of the same name.
  • 2019: South Korean alt-rock band Onewe released second minialbum featuring lead single "Regulus", which is written from the perspective of The Little Prince's title character.

Other cultural references[edit]

  • 1970s: Actor James Dean's fondness for the work extended to his memorizing most of its passages. The nickname of his 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder, "The Little Bastard", is a play on words of his favorite book. A stylized sculpture in memorial to Dean was built in Cholame, California during the late 1970s. It carries a plaque quoting the Little Prince that reads: "What is essential is invisible to the eye," which phrase Dean reportedly quoted often.[69]
  • Little Prince (sculpture), Portland, Oregon


  • 2003: The boardgame, Der Kleine Prinz, designed by Kai Haferkamp and published by Kosmos, is a semi-cooperative game, somewhat like Cranium, wherein the players try to help the little prince "tame the fox" by performing activities and guessing games.[70]
  • 2011: The video games Kingdom Hearts and Super Mario Galaxy have many similarities to the descriptions and pictures from the original book.[27]
  • 2013: Another tabletop game, The Little Prince: Make Me A Planet, designed by Antoine Bauza (author of famous board game 7 Wonders) and Bruno Cathala, is a competitive game whose players collect sets of themed pieces to build their own planet and then score it according to the numbers of sheep, roses, lamp posts, etc. their characters managed to collect.[71]
  • 2015: The Little Prince 2: Kingdom's Rights is a free computer flash game based on the story.[72]


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