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Read the Play
(minus the ending)
Crippen - Playscripts, Theatre Scripts, Stage Plays


Read the Play (minus the ending)

by Dan Weatherer
Based on the true story of accused murderer Hawley Harvey Crippen
5W / 6M + Extras/Voice Overs
Approximate Playing time: 90 Min.

Crippen brings to life the events that led to the hanging of Hawley Crippen and his place in history as one of England’s most notorious murderers. With his marriage hanging by a thread and the theatrical career of his wife Cora in tatters, Dr. Crippen seeks counsel in the young and beautiful Ethel. A proud Protestant, he vows never to act upon his feelings, but after returning home and finding his wife in the arms of another, Hawley and Ethel spend the night together. Cora learns of Hawley’s affair and confronts Ethel, knocking her to the floor causing her to lose the unborn child that Ethel had previously kept from Hawley. With his hopes of fatherhood dashed, and Cora’s threat of making his affairs public - thus ruining his reputation as a respected homeopathic physician - Hawley decides to take matters into his own hands. Whilst Dr. Hawley Crippen was tried and found guilty for the murder of Cora Crippen, DNA tests carried out a century later reveal that the body found under the flagstones of his cellar was not that of Cora Crippen. Nor was it female. Who then fell victim to Dr. Crippen’s murder plot and what happened to Cora?

$60.00 Royalty per Performance
$20.00 Single-Use Copyright Fees