Mort: Adaptations

Graphic novel

In 1994 the first adaptation of Mort was made in the form of a comic. Mort: A Discworld Big Comic, was illustrated by Graham Higgins. Some translations of the comic have seen the light of day:

Theatre stage

The Play adapted for stage by Stephen Briggs

Terry Pratchett’s Mort: The Play was adapted for the theatre stage by Stephen Briggs in 1996. As usual Griffin Youth Theatre at Rothetham Arts Centre were first out with Mr. Briggs’/Pratchett’s play. It has since been played as far away as Tasmania and Chicago and as close as Netherlands, Spain and Cumberland.

In 2005 an odd production was set up by MADSODS in New Zealand featuring nine synthetic actors. In October 2008 the audience were encouraged to get into the Halloween spirit and come in fancy dress when the York Rising Stars played Mort at the York Railway Institute, Queen Street, York. At the Toronto Fringe Festival, in 2012, the audience moved through different areas, with the players from Socratic Theatre Collective in an attempt to create “the sense that they are journeying with us through the Discworld”

Today, 2015 Aug 22, another production begins at Brisbane Arts Theatre in Australia.


There was also a stage adaptation by Messrs Richard John Artley and Syddall that was set up in Cambridge in November 1996.

A list over the various showings can be found on L-Space.


Orange Cow Productions unauthorized animation of Mort

Artist: Garrett Gilchrist

The students from Orange Cow Productions were fortunate when they made their unofficial animation of Mort during spring semester of 2001. Terry Pratchett’s comment was:

“Wow! So you made a kind of movie of my book without asking me and now some damn university thinks they own all the rights to it? Really? Sounds like a great day in court!

…just kidding…

It sounds like fun, but even so, I don’t want to see it. You’ll probably look back on it in years to come and wish you hadn’t shown me. Let it remains to glitter unseen.

– Terry Pratchett”


2004 Radio adaptation by BBC4‘s Robin Brook wrote a radio adaptation of “Mort” in four episodes in 2004. It was narrated by Anton Lesser, with Geoffrey Whitehead as Death, Carl Prekopp as Mort, Clare Corbett as Ysabell and Alice Hart as Princess Keli. The first episode aired June 15, 2004. Mort has reappeared on BBC at regular intervals: 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. The latest reading began April 20, 2015.

Musical image from the Rose Theatre in Kingston production

In 2007 Mort, The Musical came into being through the hands of librettist Jenifer Toksvig and composer Dominic Haslam. That same year one of the songs was featured in the Stephen Sondheim competition.  Together with the Youth Music Theatre from Manchester, England their concept has been developed from its inception in August 2007. A trailer from the 2011 production can be seen on youtube.

Also in 2007, a German version of the musical, Mort: Das Musical, was adapted and directed by Sabine Schindler and its music composed Matthias Weiher. It was shown at the Markthalle (Klosterwall 11) in Hamburg.


In 2010 Ron Clements and John Musker started work on an animated adaptation of Mort. But their project fell through when Pratchett in 2011 took out a writ against Paul Bamborough and Camel Productions, who had an option on film rights for the fantasy, arguing that the rights ran out.


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