Silas Marner (paperback)


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This classic short novel gets a classic Mark Wheeller treatment.

Silas Marner, a member of a strict religious community, is wrongly accused of theft and is forced to move to the faraway village of Raveloe. A robbery at his new home leaves Marner without his hard-earned gold and in the depths of depression. A mysterious, drug addicted woman is later found dead in the woods outside Marner’s cottage.

That same night he thinks his gold has returned… but it proves to be something very different…

Silas Marner was originally performed as a promenade production. It offers opportunities for imaginative staging that has become the hallmark for all the best known Wheellerplays. It will serve as a great read around the class script in English lessons because of its narrative style. The book is one of those allowed on various English GCSE Syllabi and is a set text for Edexcel GCSE English.

Duration: 60 minutes approximately
Cast: 4m 3f with multi-roling but was originally written for a large cast with a very active and flexible ensemble.


‘An adaptation of a George Eliot novel might seem something of a departure for OYT, but as the play contains only words used in the novel the production exhibits narrative characteristics of other Mark Wheeller plays. He has created a beautifully taut and compelling script with immense skill.’
Karen Robson, Southern Daily Echo

Additional information




198 x 129 mm





Publication date

19 November 2020

About the writer

Mark Wheeller began writing whilst a student at Marlwood Comprehensive School, Bristol. After teaching drama for thirty-six years he retired in July 2015 to concentrate on writing and delivering Drama/Theatre workshops to students and teachers across the world.

Mark is one of the most-performed playwrights in Britain. Too Much Punch For Judy has been performed over 6,000 times and Chicken! nearly 6,000. Missing Dan Nolan and Hard to Swallow are both set texts for the GSCE Drama 9-1 exams. His work has been a staple part of the Drama curriculum both in the UK and abroad for the past three decades.

Professional productions of Hard to Swallow, I Love You Mum, I Promise I Won’t Die and Chicken regularly tour schools and many of Mark’s works are available on DVD, with digital formats forthcoming in late 2020. His study guides include Drama Schemes, The Story Behind Too Much Punch For Judy, Drama Club & Hard to Swallow – Easy to Digest.

He has three children and lives just outside the New Forest, with his wife Rachael, and Labrador, Dusty.