Constance Cox (25 October 1912 – 8 July 1998) was a British script writer and playwright, born in Sutton, Surrey.[1]

Constance Cox
Born(1912-10-25)25 October 1912
Sutton, Surrey, England
Died8 July 1998(1998-07-08) (aged 85)
OccupationScriptwriter, playwright

Life and careerEdit

Cox was born Constance Shaw in Sutton, Surrey, in 1912. She married Norman Cox, a fighter pilot, who was killed in 1942. She had been a postmistress in Shoreham-by-sea, and moved to Brighton where she took up writing full-time after the end of the war.[1]

Cox specialised in adaptations of books by Charles Dickens and other classic literature. She was one of the first writers to adapt for television. Pickwick Papers was adapted for television by her in 1977. She also was a prolific playwright. She was a member of the Brighton Little Theatre from the early 1950s and directed her own and others' work there for many years.[1]

Selected works and adaptationsEdit

  • The Count of Monte Cristo 1950 (The Fortune Press)
  • Northanger Abbey : a comedy in three acts, based upon Jane Austen's novel 1950 (The Fortune Press)
  • Spring at Marino: A comedy in three acts; suggested by Turgenev's Fathers and son 1951 (Samuel French Ltd)
  • Three Knaves of Normandy: Play 1958 (Evans Bros.)
  • Jane Eyre: Play 1959 based on the novel by Charlotte Brontë (J Garnet Miller Ltd) ISBN 0-85343-110-8
  • Caliph's Minstrel: Play 1961 (Evans Bros.) ISBN 0-237-49282-2
  • Lord Arthur Savile's Crime: A comedy in three acts (Acting Edition S.) 1963 (from Oscar Wilde's short story) (Samuel French Ltd) ISBN 0-573-01245-8
  • Miniature Beggar's Opera: Play (1964) (Evans Bros) ISBN 0-237-49283-0
  • Everyman: A new version of the morality play (Acting Edition S.) 1967 (Samuel French Ltd) ISBN 0-573-06248-X
  • Christmas Carol 1968 (Evans Bros.) ISBN 0-237-49495-7
  • Miss Letitia (Acting Edition S.) 1970 (Samuel French Ltd) ISBN 0-573-01275-X
  • Maria Marten (Acting Edition S.) 1970 (Samuel French Ltd) ISBN 0-573-02325-5
  • Pride and Prejudice: Play 1972 (J Garnet Miller Ltd) ISBN 0-85343-528-6
  • Murder Game (Acting Edition S.) 1976 (Samuel French Ltd) ISBN 0-573-01222-9
  • Lady Audley's Secret (Acting Edition S.) 1976 (Samuel French Ltd) ISBN 0-573-02345-X
  • Vampire, or the Bride of Death 1978 (Samuel French Ltd) ISBN 0-573-12293-8
  • A Time for Loving (Acting Edition S.) 1986 (Samuel French Ltd) ISBN 0-573-11417-X
  • Because of the Lockwoods: Play (Acting Edition S.) Constance Cox and Dorothy Whipple 1991 (Samuel French Ltd) ISBN 0-573-01722-0
  • Return of the Church to an East Anglian Parish 1996 (Honeyhill Studio) ISBN 0-9529942-0-8
  • Wuthering Heights 1997 (New Theatre Publications) ISBN 1-84094-002-6
  • Mansfield Park Jane Austen and Constance Cox 1997 (Hub Publications) ISBN 0-905049-15-2
  • The Woman in White: Play (French's Acting Editions S.) 2005 (Samuel French Ltd) ISBN 0-573-11578-8


  1. ^ a b c "Obituary: Constance Cox". Independent. Retrieved 2 October 2018.

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