The Terror (play)

The Terror is a 1927 mystery thriller play by the British writer Edgar Wallace. It is based on Wallace's 1926 novel The Black Abbot.[1]

The Terror
Written byEdgar Wallace
Date premiered21 February 1927
Place premieredWinter Gardens Theatre, New Brighton
Lyceum Theatre, London
Original languageEnglish

It premiered at the Winter Gardens Theatre in New Brighton, before beginning a run of 246 performances at the Lyceum Theatre in the West End. The original cast included John Turnbull, Felix Aylmer, Franklyn Bellamy, Dennis Neilson-Terry, Carol Reed and Mary Glynne.[2]

Film adaptations

In 1928 it was turned into an early sound film The Terror by the American studio Warner Bros. This was followed in 1934 Return of the Terror, which was neither a sequel nor a remake but was loosely-inspired by the original play.

In 1938 the play was adapted into a British film The Terror starring Wilfrid Lawson, Linden Travers and Bernard Lee, shot at Elstree Studios.


  1. Kabatchnik p.171
  2. Wearing p.514


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  • Kabatchnik, Amnon. Blood on the Stage, 1975-2000: Milestone Plays of Crime, Mystery, and Detection : an Annotated Repertoire. Rowman & Littlefield, 2012.
  • Wearing, J. P. The London Stage 1920-1929: A Calendar of Productions, Performers, and Personnel. Rowman & Littlefield, 2014.
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