Anne of Green Gables is a novel by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery published in 1908, which has been adapted for theatre in numerous versions.
"Anne of Green Gables - The Musical" is the most well-known adaptation, with book by Don Harron, music by Norman Campbell, lyrics by Don Harron and Norman Campbell and additional lyrics by Mavor Moore and Elaine Campbell, originally commissioned for the Charlottetown Festival. Now Canada's longest-running musical, the show has run at The Confederation Centre of the Arts every summer since 1965 and has played to over 2 million viewers. The production has also toured across Canada, the United States, Europe and Japan.
Many other musical adaptations have been developed by composers, writers and educational theatre groups across the world.
Non-musical versions have also been produced, the most well-known written by Joseph Robinette, published in 1989 by the Dramatic Publishing Company.
The story follows the adventures of an orphaned girl who is accidentally sent to be the adopted child of farmers in Avonlea, Prince Edward Island, who had initially asked for a boy to help on their farm.