2019-2020 Season,  Rump

“That is Not My Name!” Adaptations and Appearances of Rumpelstiltskin

by Samantha Baird, Dramaturg
Robert Carlyle as Rumpelstiltskin in ABC’s Once Upon a Time

The funny thing about adaptations is that the author, playwright, screenwriter, poet, etc has a lot of freedom with how they choose to change the story for their adaptation. While it can also act as a retelling, an adaptation is a little different. Retellings are done in the same format with changes to the story, for example, Rumpelstiltskin by The Brothers Grimm and Rump by Liesl Shurtliff. Adaptations are created through a different medium and can be the same story or can also be a retelling at the same time, for example, Rump by Liesl Shurtliff and Rump: The Musical by Timothy Threlfall. Here are a few retellings, adaptations, and appearances of Rumpelstiltskin over the years:


  • Rumpelstiltskin by Anne Sexton
  • Sleeping in Flame by Jonathan Carroll
  • Rumpelstiltskin’s Daughter by Diane Stanley
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Smug by Tom Holt
  • Rump by Liesl Shurtliff


  • “Split Myself in Two” by The Meat Puppets
  • “Rumpofsteelskin” by Parliament
  • “Rumpelstiltskin” by John Otway
  • Scottish Band, Stiltskin
  • American Band, Rumpelstiltskin Grinder

Television and Film

  • Once Upon A Time
  • Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child
  • Grimm
  • Winx Club
  • Rocky and Bullwinkle


  • Ballet Rumpelstiltskin by David Sawer
  • Off Broadway Rumpelstiltskin Musical
  • Rump: The Musical by Timothy Threlfall

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