Theatre, film and TV

Following its publication, The Diary of Anne Frank became the subject of various plays, musicals, films and documentary reports.


The Diary of Anne Frank, the first stage dramatisation, premièred on Broadway in New York on October 5, 1955. The stage adaptation of the book was written by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett. The play premièred simultaneously in seven German cities on October 1, 1956. Queen Juliana of the Netherlands attended the première in Amsterdam on November 27, 1956. The play was a great success in many countries: it received a Tony Award for Best Play and was nominated for several other Tony Awards. Goodrich and Hackett received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for The Diary of Anne Frank, and was performed until 1957.
Forty years later, in 1997, it was revived in an adaptation by Wendy Kesselman, in which Anne Frank was played by famous Hollywood actress Natalie Portman. In 1999, the adaptation was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play.


The Diary of Anne Frank was filmed for television in 1959 and 1980. The productions were based on the play by Goodrich and Hackett, who wrote the screenplay.
The 1959 version won three Oscars and the 1980 version was awarded a Golden Globe for Best Mini-Series or Television Film and was nominated for three Emmy Awards.


In 2009, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) dedicated a five-part series to The Diary of Anne Frank, for which Deborah Moggach wrote the screenplay. Those in charge at the BBC hoped that this drama would bring Anne Frank alive to viewers of all generations. The series was subsequently shown in the United States.


More about the diary


Anne Frank wrote her diary from June 12, 1942 to August 1, 1944. There are various versions.

Anne's world

In addition to her diary, Anne also wrote stories and fairy tales in the hiding place. She wanted to have a "proper book" published.

Publishing houses

The Diary of Anne Frank has been translated into more than 70 languages. Here is a list of publishing houses based on languages