The Moors

Full-Length Play, Dark Comedy  /  5w, 1m

"Truly clever and intelligent. You really ought to see this." - The New York Times

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    5w, 1m
  • Duration
    105 Minutes
  • SubGenre
    Not Applicable
  • Audience
    Target Audience


Two sisters and a dog live out their lives on the bleak English moors, dreaming of love and power. The arrival of a hapless governess and a moor-hen set all three on a strange and dangerous path. The Moors is a dark comedy about love, desperation, and visibility.


The Moors premiered at Yale Repertory Theatre in New Haven, CT in February 2016 under the direction of Jackson Gay.

AGATHA -  F, Elder spinster sister. Spidery. Dangerous. Cold.
HULDEY - F, Younger spinster sister. She has a diary. She wants to be famous.
EMILIE - F, The governess. A romantic with a sweet face.
MARJORY - F, The scullery maid. Down-trodden. Strategic.
THE MASTIFF - M, The dog. He looks fierce and brutal but is a sad philosopher-king.
A MOOR-HEN - F, A small chicken. Practical but easily frightened. 
  • Time Period Victorian (British and American)
  • Setting The 1840s...ish. The bleak moors...of England?
  • Features Period Costumes
  • Additional Features Play w/ Music
  • Duration 105 Minutes
  • Cautions
    • Mild Adult Themes


“Deliciously dark Brontë pastiche.” — The Guardian


“The script shines with delicious dark comedy and beautiful lines but never really loses its sense of pastiche even when it enters deeper ground... There is great imagination and intrigue here and it is eminently entertaining, for Brontë fans and beyond.” — The Guardian

“It’s an intriguing vehicle for themes of loneliness, manipulation and mental health. The unsettling gothic vibes are created and well maintained, which is no easy feat.” — The Reviews Hub

“Gorgeously dark, chillingly funny, and a real treat for any Brontë fans.” — West End Best Friend

“Acerbic, funny [...] brilliant stuff. The Moors is first-rate entertainment.” — New Haven Review, Read More 

“Truly clever and intelligent. You really ought to see this.” — The New York Times, Read More 


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Licensing & Materials

  • Minimum Fee: £55 per performance plus VAT when applicable.
  • Mandatory Music/Media Fee: £32 per performance


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Jen Silverman

Jen Silverman is a New York-based playwright, novelist and screenwriter. Jen’s plays include Spain; Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Betties; The Moors; The Roommate; Witch and Highway Patrol. They have been produced off-Broadway, regionally across the US, and internationally in ...
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