(Josephs). Lib. by Edward Marsh; 3 acts; f.p. Leeds 1983, cond. David Lloyd‐Jones.
Monte Carlo and Manderley, 1930s: In Monte Carlo, Mrs Van Hopper informs her companion that they are to return to England. The Girl is upset to be leaving Maxim de Winter. He is a widower, his wife, Rebecca de Winter, having drowned in her boat. He offers to take her back to England as his wife. At Manderley they are greeted by Maxim's sister Beatrice Lacy and her husband Giles and the estate manager, Frank Crawley. Mrs de Winter meets Frith, the butler, and the housekeeper, Mrs Danvers, who had adored Rebecca. During the Manderley Ball, rockets announce that a ship has gone ashore. The salvage‐men find Rebecca's boat at the bottom of the bay, her body in the cabin. In front of Col. Julyan, Jack Favell, a lover of Rebecca, accuses Maxim of causing her death, but it emerges that Rebecca, knowing she was dying of cancer, drowned herself. As husband and wife embrace, fire breaks out. Manderley is destroyed, and with it all trace of the first Mrs de Winter.