Revisit We Have Always Lived in the Castle Before Binging Netflix's New Shirley Jackson Adaptation

Regional News   Revisit We Have Always Lived in the Castle Before Binging Netflix's New Shirley Jackson Adaptation
 
As the third version of The Haunting of Hill House premieres on the streaming service, Playbill looks back at another Jackson classic.

Netflix released all ten episodes of its adaptation of Shirley Jackson's classic novel The Haunting of Hill House today, marking the third time the story of Hill House and its ill-fated guests has been transferred from page to screen. But Jackson (best known for her short story "The Lottery") wrote another novel that has had multiple adaptations—this time from page to stage.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle Playbill - Oct 1966
We Have Always Lived in the Castle Playbill - Oct 1966

First produced on Broadway as a short-lived straight play in 1966, We Have Always Lived in the Castle follows two sisters living in a crumbling mansion on the outskirts of a hostile town. In 2010, a musical adaptation premiered at Yale Repertory Theatre with a book and lyrics by playwright Adam Bock (The Receptionist, The Drunken City) and music and lyrics by Todd Almond (On the Levee, Girlfriend). Anne Kauffman directed a cast that included Jen Gambatese (All Shook Up) and Alexandra Socha as the Blackwood sisters. A film adaptation of the book, directed by Staci Passon, premiered at the L.A. Film festival earlier this year.

Before diving into all ten episodes of The Haunting of Hill House (starring stage favorites Carla Gugino and Elizabeth Reaser), revisit We Have Always Lived in the Castle with the production photos below.

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