Novel Theatre will continue to live up to its name later this year. After the company transfers its stage adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women to the West End’s Duchess Theatre in October (See Today’s News), it will tackle another literary classic, Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables. Emma Reeves, who adapted the Alcott novel, is adapting the tale about young Anne, the red-headed tearaway who’s mistakenly employed as a male farm hand but desperately wants to remain at Green Gables. Montgomery’s novel was first published in 1908, the first of a series which included Anne of Avonlea, Anne of the Island and Anne’s House of Dreams. The stories were popularised for more recent generations by a North American television series launched in the 1980s. Novel Theatre’s new stage version is due to open in November 2004 at Sadler’s Wells’ Lilian Baylis Theatre, where Little Women previously enjoyed two seasons.