A sinister con man named Roat and two ex-convicts, Mike and Crocker, are about to meet their match. They have traced the location of a mysterious doll, which they are much interested in, to the Notting Hill Gate apartment of Sam Henderson and his blind wife, Susy.
Sam had apparently been persuaded by a strange woman to transport the doll across the border.
However, when the woman is murdered, the situation becomes more urgent. The con man and his ex-convicts, through a cleverly constructed deception, convince Susy that the police have implicated Sam in the woman's murder, and the doll, which she believes is the key to his innocence, is evidence. She refuses to reveal its location, and with the help of a young neighbour, figures out she is the victim of a bizarre charade.
But when a deadly game of cat and mouse ensues, Susy knows the only way to play fair is by her rules, so when darkness falls she turns off all the lights, leaving her and the con men to manoeuvre in the dark until the game ends.
Wait Until Dark premiered in London at the Strand Theatre on the 27th July 1966, directed by Anthony Sharp and starring Honor Blackman and Peter Sallis. The 1967 film adaptation, directed by Terence Young, starred Audrey Hepburn and Alan Arkin.