The Yellow Wallpaper

Media adaptations


  • Painter Jonathan Sutton completed two pieces, referencing specific points in the story, titled The Yellow Wallpaper I: I always lock the door when I creep by daylight (1999), and The Yellow Wallpaper II: I quite enjoy the room now it is bare again (2000).

Audio plays

  • Agnes Moorehead performed a version twice on the radio program Suspense.
  • An audio book of "The Yellow Wallpaper" (1997) was produced by Durkin Hayes and read by Win Phillips. This Radio Tales version can also be heard on Sonic Theater on XM Radio.
  • BBC Radio dramatized the story for the series Fear on Four.
  • 19 Nocturne Boulevard's Julie Hoverson performed a one-woman reading for their podcast.


  • In 1977, Marie Ashton produced a short film adaptation through Women Make Movies.
  • In 1989, the novel was adapted into a film produced by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) for Masterpiece Theatre. It was adapted by Maggie Wadey and directed by John Clive.
  • The Yellow Wallpaper (2011), directed by Logan Thomas, is a re-telling of "The Yellow Wallpaper" and not a direct adaptation.
  • In 2014, Amandla Stenberg directed a short film based on the story.[21]
  • British artist Julia Dogra-Brazell's short experimental film, The Rules of the Game (2015), also found inspiration in this text.


  • The song "Yellow Creep Around", on the Mary's Danish album Circa, was published one century after the original.


  • Pretty Little Liars, uses the original book cover as a wallpaper design in Aria Montgomerys bedroom.
  • The Twilight Zone episode, "Something in the Walls" (1989), is a variation on Gilman's story, in which a woman commits herself to a mental institution and insists on plain white walls and no patterns within her hospital room, after having seen faces in the patterns of her bedroom's yellow wallpaper and hearing ominous voices from those faces.
  • American Horror Story season 1 references "The Yellow Wallpaper" in the eighth episode.


  • Heather Newman scripted and directed an adaptation of the original short story, as part of the 2003 season at Theater Schmeater, in Seattle, Washington.[22][23] The production starred Mary Jane Gibson (as Charlotte), Stephen Loch (as John), Annie Lareau (as Jennie), Lisa Viertel (as Mary), Erin Knight (as Lucy), and Jim Catechi (as Dr. Weir Mitchell). This adaptation won the 2003 Seattle Times "Best of the Fringe" award.[24] The adaptation also was produced in 2005 at Tarrant County College by Doctor Judith Gallagher, directed by Melinda Benton-Muller, and acted by Kami Rogers (as Charlotte). In May 2010, Heather Newman, Melinda Benton-Muller, and Doctor Judith Gallagher spoke on a panel about this adaptation at the American Literature Association, with members of the ALA and Charlotte Perkins Gilman Society. Kami Rogers moderated the panel.[25][26]
  • A one-hour, one-woman stage adaptation written by Greg Oliver Bodine made its world premiere production at Manhattan Theatre Source in March 2009, before it toured metro-area libraries and other venues, including Lycoming College in Williamsport, PA, where it was curated by the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. It was originally co-produced by the Manhattan Theatre Source Playground Development Series and North Shore Theatre Group, directed by DeLisa M. White, performed by Annalisa Loeffler, and published by Indie Theater Now in 2012. This adaptation was also produced in January, 2014 at the Workshop Theater in New York City. Delisa M. White and Annalisa Loeffler again directed and performed.
  • A stage adaptation was performed at the 2006 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
  • Sarah Elaine Stewart scripted and directed an adaptation of the original short story in 2008, titled "The Yellow Wallpaper", which was performed at The Courtyard Theatre, Hoxton (July 2008), The Edinburgh Festival Fringe (August 2008), and Midnight Matinees at the Tristan Bates Theatre, Covent Garden (December 2008). A revised version was performed at the New Wimbledon Theatre Studio (March 2009), with costumes by Lauren McCarthy and sound by Joseph Olney, featuring Emmeline Creswell (as Charlotte), Thomas Kirkin (as John), Joanne Clarke (as the Woman in the Wallpaper), Emma-Rachel Blackman (as Jennie in Courtyard, Edinburgh, and Bates) and Tara Quinn (as Jennie in Wimbledon).
  • ShadyJane Theatre Company performed their adaptation, "Her Yellow Wallpaper", at the 2009 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
  • Then This Theatre presented "The Yellow Wallpaper", performed by Maeve Fitzgerald and directed by Aoife Spillane-Hinks, at the 2011 Dublin Fringe Festival.
  • Rummage Theatre researched, wrote and directed an hour long play called Behind the Wallpaper (first performed at The Bay Theatre in 2014). The play was inspired by "The Yellow Wallpaper", but focuses on exploring postnatal depression and postpartum psychosis in the present day and uses shadow work cast behind wallpaper to represent the "Shadow Woman" which new mother, Julie, sees as part of her psychosis. The play is touring Dorset in 2014/2015.[27]
  • A Company of Players presented a stage adaptation of the original short story, written and directed by Kristi Boulton, at the 2014 Hamilton Fringe Festival] in Ontario, Canada. This production was well received by critics and won a "Best of Fringe" award.[28][29]

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