The Invisible Woman script
Synopsis: Nelly Wharton Robinson (Felicity Jones) recalls a fateful time from her past when, as a young actress, she met author Charles Dickens (Ralph Fiennes) and secretly became his mistress and muse.

NELLY (CONT’D)

No Geoffrey, dear. Not yet. You

come in on the final line.

(hushed)

We don’t want to scare Mr Benham

just yet or he may not return.

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GEOFFREY nods, NELLY smiles, hurrying to take her place

next to BENHAM.

BENHAM:

I recall no lion in Mr Dickens

and Mr Collins Play, Mrs Wharton

Robinson.

NELLY:

A little dramatic licence. I am

confident that Mr Dickens would

have let it pass-

NELLY deflects, with a smile.

NELLY (CONT’D)

Shall we begin?

NELLY nods to an OLD STAGE MANAGER.

NELLY (CONT’D)

Yates, would you drop the backing.

The OLD STAGE MANAGER nods, hurrying to drop a scenery cloth,

revealing a mountain landscape.

The SCHOOLBOYS begin a short musical introduction. MR

LAMBOURNE indicates the pace with a nod of his head.

SCHOOL BOY 1

Well, my lads, the day is

breaking at last.

NELLY is up at once-

NELLY:

..No..the day has broken,Hadley.

On BENHAM noticing-

NELLY (CONT’D)

Lets get it right.

The EARNEST SCHOOLBOY MOUNTAINEER nods.

SCHOOL BOY 1

Well, my lads the day has broken-

NELLY consoled, offers a nod and we are away as the SCENE

BREAKS into life on the stage, as the SCHOOLBOY WAITER serves

coffee to the SCHOOLBOY MOUNTAINEERS, lost in earnest acting-

SCHOOL BOY 1 (CONT’D)

What do you say to the weather,

now?

SCHOOL BOY 2

I say the weather will do.

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SCHOOL BOY 3

I say doubtful!

SCHOOL BOY 2

I say - bad!

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NELLY’s hand silently stills the absent tap of an ERRANT

SCHOOLBOY’s foot against his chair as he sits in a

makeshift prompt box close by.

NELLY:

(shouting out)

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Abi Morgan

Abi Morgan (born 1968) is a British playwright and screenwriter known for her works for television, such as Sex Traffic and The Hour, and the films Brick Lane, The Iron Lady, Shame and Suffragette. more…

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