“My interest in writing and adapting books for the stage came about chiefly from two things. First a clairvoyant told me about fifteen years ago when I was horribly out of work, that I had a great gift for writing. I nearly laughed in her face and demanded my money back. Writing was something I had never taken seriously, certainly not as another feather to my over-pluméd hat.

Two years later, out of the blue, producer Charles Vance rang me and asked if I would be interested in adapting the old Ealing comedy, The Lavender Hill Mob. Being too nervous to tackle it on my own I engaged the services of two script writer friends of mine. It was a pretty clumsy first attempt, but at least we got it on and made the producer a bit of money.

Then six months later I played Aunt Agatha in Giles Havergal’s brilliant adaptation of Travels with my Aunt. I learnt so much from the way he had lifted the book so caringly from the page to the stage that I began searching for another book of Greene's to adapt myself. Our Man in Havana seemed the obvious choice as it was a farce and lent itself to the stage. I adapted it for four actors all playing a multitude of roles and opened it at the Theatre Royal Windsor in 2002. It seemed to work rather successfully and as a consequence has been playing around the country and now around the world ever since. It is published along with a number of my other adaptations by Oberon Books.’’  C.F.
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UK TOUR
A Christmas Carol
Next performance: Sunday 17 December 2017
Birmingham Town Hall.
Further tour dates to be announced.
Clive’s first adaptation was first staged in 2000. He has toured with the production every year since.
REVIEWS
He fills an empty stage with an entire Dickensian landscape. Simply magic!
Alan Ayckbourn
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A wonderful, wonderful Scrooge.
John Mortimer
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...performance of his career...
Daily Telegraph
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...touches the heart...
Independent
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...wondrous old skinflint...
The Daily mail
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Spellbinding!
The Sunday Times
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This astonishing actor was superb and Birmingham's tightly packed Town Hall thronged to shouts of 'bravo'.
Birmingham Post
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Clive Francis’ storytelling is as fresh, ingenious and enthralling as if it had only this minute sprung to life.
The Irish Times
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Clive
Francis has put together the definitive version of A Christmas Carol and I never ever want to see another.
This is The One.
Remotegoat
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Clive Francis' Scrooge is the best!
Birmingham Mail
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Francis gives an invigorated, immaculate and heart-warming account of
A Christmas Carol.
Despite fears that a modern audience does not have the attention span for a 70 minute storytelling, this performance will enrapture the most nomadic of minds.
The Irish Sunday Times
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The splendid array of melodrama, comedy and rapport with the audience carries the packed house along on at a good pace which never falters.
What's On Stage
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Francis got through to my flinty heart and gave it a resonating tap - the magic of Dickens' story invigorated my waning Christmas spirit, and it's Francis' marvellous adaptation and performance that made that happy. So less of the "bah, humbug" - if you want some classic Christmas cheer, Francis is the person to give it to you.
One Stop Arts.

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2002
The Lavender Hill Mob
Adapted by Clive Francis, Paul Minett and Brian Leveson
Directed by Clive Francis
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2004
The Hound of the Baskervilles
Clive’s first stage adaptation produced by Nottingham Playhouse, 2004
REVIEW
Clive Francis's excellent adaptation, which achieves just the right mixture of seriousness and gentle spoofing.
Charles Spencer, The Daily Telegraph. 2006
2006
Three Men in Boat
by Jerome K Jerome
Adapted for the stage by Clive Francis
Directed by Paul Jepson
REVIEW
Clive Francis' adaptation proves a treat, touchingly faithful to the spirit of the original.
Charles Spencer. The Daily Telegraph, 2007
2015
FESTIVAL THEATRE, PITLOCHRY
Our Man in Havana
Adapted by Clive Francis from the novel by Graham Greene
REVIEWS
An inspired production. The perfect antidote to autumn blues.
The Stage 

Clive Francis’s ingenious stage version for four actors of Graham Greene’s great novel. 
The Scotsman 
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Andrew Loudon and Roger Delves-Broughton
Photo: Douglas McBride
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2012
VARIOUS SCHOOLS AROUND THE UK
Alice The Musical
Lyrics by Clive Francis
Music by Charles Miller
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2014
The Small Hand
By Susan Hill
Adapted by Clive Francis
REVIEW
Clive Francis’ stage adaptation of Susan Hill’s The Small Hand, has all the ingredients you could wish for; plenty of dark and stormy nights, screams and thunderclaps, dry ice, a train journey across the border in inclement weather, and a couple of grand houses that have seen better days.
Guildford Advertiser, October 2014
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Now available from Oberon Books.
(Cover illustration by Clive Francis)
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2014
PARK THEATRE, FINSBURY
Thark
By Ben Travers
Adapted by Clive Francis
REVIEWS
Clive Francis has lightly edited and spruced up the text, and the result is a joyous evening in which panic lurks just below the innocent surface.
Michael Billington, The Guardian

This farcical comedy provides moments of unalloyed comic joy.
Charles Spencer, The Daily Telegraph
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