The Lighthouse, a drama in two acts by Wilkie Collins
Wilkie Collins wrote his melodrama The Lighthouse in 1855. Set in the Eddystone lighthouse in 1784, Collins created a tense, psychological drama employing elements of crime and the supernatural familiar to readers of his fiction. The role of the guilt-ridden old lighthouse keep, Aaron Gurnock, was taken by Charles Dickens, who also contributed a prologue and 'The Song of the Wreck'. To avoid being pirated by low quality theatres, managers and actors Collins refused to allow his plays to be published in England and performances were restricted to those he closely supervised himself. After 158 years the text of the The Lighthouse is at last available, along with an authoritative introduction by Andrew Gasson, chairman of the Wilkie Collins Society and Caroline Radcliffe, lecturer in drama and theatre arts at Birmingham university, and a foreword by the crime writer PD James.
The Lighthouse, a drama in two acts by Wilkie Collins, with an introduction by Andrew Gasson and Caroline Radcliffe, foreword by P D James
ISBN 978 1 903427 80 4 Paperback 90 pages with black and white illustrations £9.99