The Woman in White

Written by:

Beverley Cooper

Cast Size:
25

Roles For:

  • Men: 16
  • Women: 9

Genre:

Adaptation
Drama
Historical

Themes:

Gothic
Mental Health
Romance
Victorian

Length:

120 min.

Year Written:

2008

Synopsis:

“Based on the hugely popular 1859 novel by Wilkie Collins, The Woman in White opens on a lonely moonlit road near London, where a young drawing master meets a mysterious woman dressed all in white. The woman has escaped from an asylum for the insane. Thus the story begins, propelling the audience into a gothic, romantic mystery. The Woman in White is a fantastic story with one of the most compelling female heroines ever written, Marian Halcomb.” (From the CPO Website)

Characters:

Marian Halcombe – Late 20’s – strong, dark and attractive.

Walter Hartright – 28 lower middle class, drawing teacher.

Laura Fairlie – not quite 21, intelligent, fair, pretty.

Sir Percival Glyde – 45.

Count Fosco – 60’s Italian, large and charming.

Anne Catherick – 23, very similar in appearance to Laura.

Mr. Gilmore – 60’s solicitor.

Mrs. Catherick – 50s, working class with airs of grandeur.

Professor Pesca – 35, Italian.

Mr. Fairlie – an old 45, eccentric.

Madame Fosco – 43 Laura’s Aunt, now married to Count Fosco

Laura’s Uncle / Gardener / Jacob Poslethwaite / Man from Asylum / Louis – Servant / Butler and Servants / Villagers 1,2,3,4 / Driver / Maid – Fanny

First Produced:

2008, Theatre Aquarius

Resources:

The Woman in White is available through the CPO Website.

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Notes:

This play can be performed with 10 actors playing multiple roles.

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