This stunning adaptation of the classic thriller is a tour de force for actors. Popular romance novelist Paul Sheldon retires each winter to Colorado to write another work featuring heroine Misery Chastain. Driving while inebriated, he loses control of his car. He regains consciousness in a filthy, dilapidated farmhouse that is cut off from the outside world by a blizzard. Annie, the schizophrenic occupant, is his number one fan and she insists she will nurse him. His legs are crushed and he is virtually a prisoner dependant on her for pain relief. She discovers that his new book is not about Misery and she forces him to destroy it and write another. Thus begins Paul's descent into a living hell of pain, humiliation and degradation. Like Scheherazade, he must write a new chapter every day to stay alive.
"It makes seats optional. The audience spent the evening on the edge." - London Daily Express
"Just as the suspense becomes intolerable there is a brilliantly delivered joke before the coup de grace. To make the audience gasp and laugh at the same instant is quite an achievement.... This is a compellingly cruel thriller." - London Daily Telegraph