Anne of Green Gables Facts - Ballet Jörgen

Anne of Green Gables Facts

  • Anne of Green Gables was an immediate success when it was first published in 1908. It sold nineteen thousand copies in the first five months.

  • It went into ten printings in its first year and was translated into Swedish as early as 1909.

  • It has since been translated into more than a dozen languages.

  • It is believed that more than 50 million copies have been sold worldwide.

  • The term “Anne of Green Gables” is currently  a registered trademark, owned jointly by the Province of Prince Edward Island and the heirs of L.M. Montgomery. Producers of Anne-related products outside of PEI pay a royalty to the family while Island producers make Anne items royalty free.

  • First staged at the Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown in 1965 as part of the inaugural Charlottetown Festival, Anne of Green Gables – The Musical™ now holds a Guinness World Record as the longest running annual musical!

  • About 3.3-million people world-wide have seen the musical — in Charlottetown and other Canadian cities, as well New York, London (England), and Japan. In Charlottetown alone, over 2.1-million people have seen the show (from 1965 to 2015).

  • Seventeen Canadian actors have performed the lead role of Anne Shirley since 1965. 

  • Based on L.M. Montgomery’s novel Anne of Green Gables, first published in 1908, the musical was written and composed by Don Harron and Norman Campbell respectively, with lyrics by Elaine Campbell and Mavor Moore.

  • On Canada Day 1999, the Dominion Institute and the Council for Canadian Unity held two Internet surveys (one in English and one in French) asking people to nominate their favourite Canadian heroes; L.M. Montgomery, author of Anne of Green Gables, was voted one of the top twenty heroes of theTwentieth Century.


Facts from Prince Edward Island Tourism