Seattle Rep’s THE WOMAN IN BLACK: Beyond the Theater

Seattle Repertory Theatre presents THE WOMAN IN BLACK adapted by Stephen Mallatratt from the novel by Susan Hill from February 22 to March 24, 2019. The basis for the play, Hill’s novel, is a chilling gothic ghost story set in the remote British moors featuring a solicitor who comes to settle the affairs of a recently deceased client and encounters an unearthly presence terrorizing the townsfolk. For more gothic goodness, check out the novels and films below:

Nine Coaches Waiting by Mary Stewart
Stewart’s 1958 novel of romantic suspense follows young Linda Martin as she arrives in the French countryside to nanny for nine-year-old Count Philippe de Valmy and encounters his enigmatic adult cousin, Raoul.

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
Austen’s delightful parody of the Gothic genre features young and naïve Catherine Morland as she navigates frenemies, first loves, and the realization that life is far different from her beloved dramatic novels.

The Death of Mrs. Westaway
by Ruth Ware
In this modern gothic thriller, Harriet “Hal” Westaway ekes out a living telling fortunes after the untimely death of her mother. When a letter arrives about a possible inheritance, Hal is overjoyed—until she arrives at Trepassen House where everything seems more than a little off.

The Innocents
Part of the Criterion Collection, this classic film stars Deborah Kerr as a governess who begins to suspect that something is very, very wrong with her new charges.

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
Our narrator becomes the second Mrs. Max de Winter and travels to her stately new home, Manderley. Unfortunately Manderley is occupied by a dour housekeeper and memories– perhaps the spirit?–of Max’s enigmatic first wife, Rebecca.

This 1946 film stars consummate Gothic actor Vincent Price as a modern-day Bluebeard and Gene Tierney as his innocent new wife. Love triangles, murder, tenant revolts, and poisonings ensue.

To further enhance your experience of THE WOMAN IN BLACK, Librarians at Seattle Public Library created this list of books and films. Enjoy!

     ~ Posted by Elizabeth W.

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