First performed at the Theatre-By-The-Sea in Scarborough in 1987 to rave reviews. It opened in the West End in 1989 where it has been a major audience puller ever since and has also seen numerous major national tours. Its success has subsequently reached a global level, having spread to the United States, South America and Tokyo. Now in its 21st year in the West End, over 7 million people have lived to tell the tale of one of the most terrifying and successful theatre events ever staged.
Stephen Mallatratt’s adaptation of Susan Hill’s best-selling novel tells the story of a lawyer obsessed with a curse that he believes has been cast over him and his family by the spectre of a ‘Woman in Black’. He engages a young actor to help him tell his story and exorcise the fear that grips his soul. It begins innocently enough, but as they reach further into his darkest memories, they find themselves caught up in a world of eerie marshes and moaning winds. The borders between make believe and reality begin to blur and the flesh begins to creep.
Robert Demeger returns to perform the role of ‘Arthur Kipps’, a role he has played both in the West End and previously on tour. Demeger’s numerous stage credits include seasons with the RSC, the National Theatre and West End. He is joined by Peter Bramhill who will perform the role of the ‘Young Actor’. Bramhill was nominated for the prestigious Ian Charleson Award for his performance in Thomas Moore for the RSC. His recent stage credits include: Rupert Goold’s King Lear at London’s Young Vic and Liverpool Playhouse and Much Ado About Nothing at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.
The production is directed by Robin Herford, with designs by Michael Holt and lighting by Kevin Sleep. Produced by PW Productions Ltd.