Susan Hill’s acclaimed ghost story comes dramatically alive in Stephen Mallatratt’s ingenious stage adaptation—“The most brilliantly effective spine-chiller you will ever encounter” (Daily Telegraph). Now celebrating three decades in the West End, Robin Herford’s production is a gripping study in atmosphere, illusion, and controlled horror. A lawyer obsessed with a curse that he believes has been cast over him and his family by the specter of a woman in black engages a skeptical young actor to help him tell his terrifying story and hopefully exorcise the fear that grips his soul. As they reach further into his darkest memories, they find themselves snared in a world of eerie marshes and moaning winds. The Woman in Black remains “one of British theatre’s biggest and scariest hits” (The Guardian).
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“★★★★★…A marvelous exercise in spine tingling tension, spun from perfectly paced storytelling and stagecraft.” –The Independent
“A REAL TREAT…The most brilliantly effective spine-chiller you will ever encounter.” –Daily Telegraph
“BRILLIANTLY TERRIFYING…The Woman in Black is able to weave a delicate web of illusion.” –Chicago Sun-Times
“A MASTERPIECE…One of British theatre’s biggest–and scariest–hits!” –The Guardian
“BEAUTIFULLY PACED…You can’t help being impressed and delighted, even as you’re jumping out of your skin.” –Los Angeles Times
“IRRESISTIBLY EERIE…A delicious spell of malevolence and menace.” –Time Out London
“PROFOUNDLY EFFECTIVE…A ghost play guaranteed to send shivers down your spine.” –Daily Express
INTERNATIONAL: The Lamb Players: As You Like It | Barbican/Royal Shakespeare Company: The Tempest | New Vic Theatre: Dial M for Murder | Old Red Lion: COV | Royal Shakespeare Company: Love for Love, Queen Anne, Hamlet, As You Like It, All’s Well That Ends Well | Southwark Playhouse: Little Malcolm and His Struggle Against the Eunuchs | Arcola: I Started A Fire | Southwark Playhouse: The Illusion | Chichester Festival Theatre: A Marvelous Year for Plums | Donmar Warehouse: Richard II | The Bush Theatre: Sixty-Six Books: Lazarus. FILM/TELEVISION: The Alienist: The Angel of Darkness (Netflix/TNT), The Ones Below (Cuba Pictures/BBC), Doctors (BBC), Atlantis (BBC), Father Brown (BBC).
INTERNATIONAL: National Theatre of Scotland: How To Act | Sheffield Crucible: Julius Caesar | Finborough Theatre: Laburnum Grove | Rose Theatre: Lady From the Sea | Shakespeare’s Globe: Dr. Faustus, Timon of Athens, A Midsummer Night’s Dream | The Gate: Uncle Vanya | Thelma Holt and Plymouth Theatre: Measure for Measure | Young Vic: Ghosts | Traverse: Stoopud F**ken Animals | Birmingham Rep: Uncle Vanya | Hackney Empire: Scenes From an Execution | Bill Kenwright/Tour: Festen | Bristol Old Vic: The Importance of Being Ernest, Arcadia | Aldwych Tube Station: Still Life | Royal Shakespeare Company: The Rivals, The Comedy of Errors, Romeo and Juliet, School for Scandal, Cyrano de Bergerac | Greenwich/West End: The Duchess of Malfi | New End Theatre/Hampstead: Love for Love | Hammersmith Lyric Theatre: The Impresario from Smyrna | Greenwich Theatre: Dr. Faustus | Assembly Rooms: Right Ho Jeeves, Code of the Woosters | Riverside Studios: Hamlet. TOURS: U.K.: The Taming of the Shrew | Australia: The Queen and I. FILM/TELEVISION: Redcon (Apocalypse Pictures Ltd); Captain Webb (Miramax); Victoria III (Mammouth Screen); Traitors (42 & Twenty Twenty Television); Theresa V. Boris (Juniper); Will (TNT); McMafia (BBC/AMC); Doctors; The Afternoon Play; Holby City; State of Play; Killing Hitler; The Bill; Births, Marriages and Deaths; Holding On; The House of Eliott (BBC); Doc Martin (Buffalo Pictures); City of Vice (Touchpaper Television); The Brief (Carlton Television); Foyle’s War (Paddock Productions); Heartbeat (Yorkshire Television Company); Midsomer Murders (Bentley Productions); Soldier Soldier (Central Independent Television); Inspector Morse (Zenith Entertainment).
INTERNATIONAL: NYT Connections: Journey to X | Redbridge Drama Centre: Balloons | Theactro Technis and Edinburgh Festival: Macbeth | Tristain Bates and Edinburgh Festival: Spring Awakening | The Gate House: Eight | Etcetera Theatre: Road | West End: The Woman in Black | Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts: San Diego (Jackson Lane), To Kill a Mockingbird (The Bridewell Theatre), A Raisin in the Sun (The Karamel Club).FILM: Emily (Brother), Tell Me Something I Don’t Know (Boy). PERSONAL: Training: Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, 2018.
TOURS: U.K.: J.B. Priestley’s An Inspector Calls (Mr. Birling/Inspector understudy). FILM: Seagull (Klip Films, alongside Jessica Hynes). TELEVISION: Emmerdale. PERSONAL: Training: Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, 2014.
Susan Hill was born in Scarborough and educated at grammar schools there and in Coventry, and took her English degree at King’s College London. Her best-known books, apart from The Woman in Black, are the novels I’m the King of the Castle, Strange Meeting, and In the Springtime of the Year. Her books have won the Whitbread Fiction Award, the Somerset Maugham Award, and the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, and been shortlisted for the Booker Prize. She has also written non-fiction and children’s books, and been a regular reviewer of books for numerous national newspapers and journals and broadcast. Her most recent books are a trilogy of crime novels featuring Detective Chief Inspector Simon Serrailler: The Various Haunts of Men, The Pure in Heart, and The Risk of Darkness. The series has been bought for television adaptation. Susan Hill lives in a farmhouse in rural Gloucestershire from where she runs her own small publishing company, Long Barn Books. She was awarded a CBE in the 2012 Queen’s birthday and diamond jubilee honours. Susan-Hill.com.
(June 15, 1947–November 22, 2004)
Stephen wrote his early plays while working as an actor in Alan Ayckbourn’s Scarborough company. Several of these were produced and directed by Ayckbourn at Scarborough, and commissions from other theatres followed. Comic Cuts was written for the Contact theatre in Manchester and won the Thames TV Theatre Writers Award, and after many regional British productions, culminated ten years later in the West End, retitled as The Glory of the Garden.
In addition to original plays, he wrote adaptations of books for both TV and theatre, including Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw and Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca. His television work included The Innocents for YTV, and he adapted The Forsyte Saga for Granada. The Woman in Black is now in its 30th year at the Fortune Theatre in the West End, and in its 9th year at the Rafael Solaria Theatre in Mexico. It has been translated into at least 12 languages and performed at the last count in 41 countries.
U.K.: Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough: Joining the company in 1976 as an actor, he was appointed Associate Director in 1979 and was Artistic Director from 1986 to 1988. Robin has appeared in the original production of more Alan Ayckbourn plays than any other actor, from Ten Times Table in 1977 to Henceforward... in 1987, and including the monster 16-play two-hander Intimate Exchanges | The Duke of York’s Theatre: The Glory of the Garden | Apollo: Rough Justice | Greenwich: Joking Apart, The Importance of Being Earnest | Duchess: The Secret of Sherlock Holmes | Scarborough: Serjeant Musgrave’s Dance, All My Sons, Twelfth Night, Old Times, Clouds, Butley, She Stoops to Conquer, The Beaux’ Stratagem, Touch Wood and Whistle, Calling, Spokesong, Getting On, Tapster, Just Between Ourselves, Forty Years On, A Going Concern, What Every Woman Knows | Croydon Warehouse: Hard Times | Old Laundry Bowness: Last of the Red Hot Lovers | Windsor: Ten Times Table, Sisterly Feelings, Woman in Mind, The Constant Wife | Chester: Man of the Moment | Lyceum Edinburgh: Bedroom Farce | Nuffield Southampton: A Going Concern | Derby Playhouse: Time of My Life, Taking Steps, Perfect Days, Shining City | Northcott Exeter: Talking Heads, April in Paris | Salisbury: Time and Time Again | Vienna: The Rivals. TOURS: World: Absent Friends, Sometime Next Year | U.K.: Relatively Speaking, Confusions, Time and Time Again, Corpse!, Strangers on a Train, Arsenic and Old Lace, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Bedroom Farce, Season’s Greetings, Rain Man, Duet for One.
U.K.: Holt has been associated with playwright Alan Ayckbourn at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough for over 20 years. Designs include: Hero’s Welcome, Confusions, Roundelay, Intimate Exchanges, The Safari Party, Taking Steps, Way Upstream, Man of the Moment, Othello with Michael Gambon | WEST END: Whitehall Theatre: Absurd Person Singular | The Duke of York’s Theatre: The Glory of the Garden | Apollo Theatre: Rough Justice | Vaudeville Theatre: June Moon. He designed Julius Caesar for Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and the highly successful centennial touring production of Charley’s Aunt. INTERNATIONAL: Ayckbourn’s Hero’s Welcome, Confusions, Intimate Exchanges and Season’s Greetings in New York; The Woman in Black in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Singapore; and many productions for Den Nationale Scene, Bergen; the Alley Theatre, Houston, Texas; and the English Speaking Theatre in Vienna. OPERA: Collaborations with the Royal Opera House, Copenhagen; the Avignon Festival, France; the Knokke Opera Festival, Belgium; and Benjamin Britten’s Billy Budd for Brisbane Festival, Australia. BALLET: Northern Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty, Quartet, Romeo and Juliet | Hong Kong Ballet: Madam Butterfly. OTHER: Michael has also written a number of books on stage and costume design and has published a book on the plays of Alan Ayckbourn.
U.K.: WEST END: The House of Bernarda Alba, Up on the Roof, The Foreigner, Eartha Kitt in Concert, Blues in the Night, Other People’s Money, Death and the Maiden (original production). Other U.K: The Royal Exchange Manchester, The Crucible Sheffield, West Yorkshire Playhouse, the Lyceum Edinburgh, the Royal Court Theatre and Lyric Hammersmith as well as other favourites such as Greenwich Theatre, The Bush, Pitlochry Festival Theatre. OPERA: Head of Lighting for English National Opera. His opera design credits include the premiere of Greek in Munich at Edinburgh and then at the Coliseum for the ENO; Wexford Opera Festival; Rigoletto (Welsh National Opera small-scale tour); Eugene Onegin (Scottish Opera Go Round); the premiere of 63 Dream Palace in Munich; and Pilgrim’s Progress for the Royal Northern College of Music Manchester. More recently he has been the revival lighting designer for Manon (Barcelona, Chicago, Buenos Aires, Dallas), La Boheme (ENO & Barcelona), Tosca, Cosi fan Tutti and Rigoletto (ENO), Satyagraha (ENO & The Met, New York), La Clemenza de Tito (Copenhagen & ENO). Kevin lit the original production of The Woman in Black, and has continued to be responsible for lighting it ever since, in the West End and for national tours of the U.K. and internationally, including the recent tour of North America.
U.K.: The Last Ship (U.K. and Toronto) | Welsh National Opera: Kiss Me, Kate | Old Vic: Jekyll & Hyde | Bath: Monsieur Popular | Sheffield Crucible: Queen Coal | West Yorkshire Playhouse: White Christmas, Annie, A Christmas Carol | Operas for Buxton Opera Festival and Grange Park Opera | Watermill/U.K. Tour: Calamity Jane | Curve: Drunk, The Witches | Chichester: If Only |
Kensington Gardens: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe | Headlong: Decade | ETT: Great Expectations | Liverpool Playhouse: Antony and Cleopatra | Birmingham Repertory Theatre: Little Shop of Horrors | The Duke of York’s Theatre: The Magic Flute | Menier Chocolate Factory: The Common Pursuit, Take Flight, Total Eclipse | Apollo: The Glass Menagerie | Carnival (Venice; currently Italy’s longest running show!) | U.K. Tour: Trainspotting | Victoria Palace: Tonight’s the Night | New Ambassadors: The Bomb-itty of Errors | Cafe´ de Paris: The Donkey Show | Queen’s: The Mysteries | Gielgud: Boy Band | Vaudeville, Broadway, and Cape Town: Kat and the Kings | Donmar: Summer Begins | Victoria Palace: The Colour of Justice | U.K. Tour: Fame. OTHER: Immersive sound design for Secret Cinema’s The Empire Strikes Back, Star Trek, Thunderbirds Are Go, Lumiere (Durham); the Queen’s golden jubilee celebrations. Designer for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. AWARDS: In 2008, he received the first ever Best Sound Design of a Musical Tony Award nomination for Sunday in the Park With George on Broadway.
DIRECTING/PRODUCING: Park Theatre/U.K. Tour/59E59: Killing Time | Park Theatre: The Gathered Leaves | C Venues, Edinburgh: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Kiss of the Spider Woman | Bloomsbury: Sweet Charity | The Stag Theatre (Sevenoaks): Vice, State of Affairs | Soho Theatre: Effie’s Burning | Landor: Franny | Edinburgh Lyceum: Vanity Fair, Trumpets and Raspberries (dir. Tony Cownie). ACTING: Palace Theatre, West End: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child | Mill at Sonning: Ten Times Table | SJT/59E59: A Brief History of Women, Taking Steps | Spinning Wheels: A Christmas Carol | Cheltenham Everyman/Tour: A Passionate Woman | Theatre Royal Bath/Tour: Relatively Speaking | St. James Theatre: The Three Kings | British Theatre Playhouse/International Tour: Yes, Prime Minister | Oldham Coliseum/Harrogate: Bedroom Farce | Orange Tree Theatre: Springs Eternal | West End/U.K./International Tour: The Woman in Black | Oldham Coliseum: Taking Steps | Carrie’s War (number-one tour) | Theatre Royal Bury St. Edmunds: Cider With Rosie, The Merchant of Venice | New Vic: A Voyage Round My Father; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe | National Theatre of Scotland: Something Wicked This Way Comes | Lyceum (Edinburgh): The Glass Menagerie, Mrs. Warren’s Profession | Belgrade (Coventry): Treasure Island | Unicorn: Great Expectations | West End: Les Misérables. TELEVISION: Derren Brown: Apocalypse (Channel 4); The Landlady, Kevin and Co, Kevin’s Cousins (BBC); The Bill (Carlton).
Associate Set and Lighting Designer
NEW YORK: Soho Rep, Public Theater, Atlantic Theater Company, Park Avenue Armory, WP Theater, The Juilliard School, Classic Stage Company, HERE Arts Center, Ma-Yi Theater Company, Keen Company, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, The Sheen Center, EMPAC (Troy, NY). REGIONAL: Arena Stage, Virginia Arts Festival. OPERA: Santa Fe Opera, Madison Opera, Kentucky Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, LoftOpera. INTERNATIONAL: Beijing’s National Center for the Performing Arts, Dublin’s Civic Theater. OTHER: Pacific Symphony, Puerto Rican Traveling Theater, Bard Music Festival. PERSONAL: Training: New York University: MFA | bhatiadesign.com.
Neil is a former member of the National Youth Theatre, trained at RADA, and has worked at the Royal National Theatre, the RSC at Stratford, and had spells in the West End too. However, Neil lives on an old croft in the Outer Hebrides, is not a city lover, and is much happier touring when away from home, rather than being static in one place. This has given Neil not just a comprehensive knowledge of the United Kingdom motorway network, but also the fortunate opportunities to work on productions in Ireland, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Dubai, Singapore, Hong Kong, and the USA. In addition to The Woman in Black, career highlights have been the children’s shows The Ideal Gnome Expedition, The Tiger Who Came to Tea, and The Gingerbread Man, all directed by David Wood.
Catherine trained at St. Mary’s University in Twickenham, graduating with a BA in Drama and Theatre Arts. Assistant Stage Manager credits include: The Old Vic: Jekyll & Hyde | Paul Taylor Mills LTD: The Wild Party. As Deputy Stage Manager: Batty Productions: Eugenie Grandet | BKL: Black Coffee, And Then There Were None | Ewing Entertainment: Dracula | Really Useful Group: Starlight Express workshop & performances | QDOS: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella | PW Productions: Toast, Sketching. As Stage Manager (on the book): Raise Dark: Pilgrims | Natural Shocks: PEEP | GLYPT: Treasure Island | Covent Garden Productions LTD: 4000 Days | Acute Theatre LTD: The Trial of Jane Fonda | Teatro Vivo: Twistov, Evelyn’s Roots | Arcola Theatre: Great Apes. As Company Stage Manager (on the book): PHA: Santa Claus the Musical | Coloured Lights LTD: The Rink. Workshop Stage Manager: The Old Vic: Jekyll & Hyde, One Voice | NT Studio: Peter Pan, LOVE, The King of Hell’s Palace | GLYPT: Summer Sharing. Catherine is very glad to be working with PW again so soon after finishing the London run of Toast and excited to be working with the WIB team for the first time.
Pemberley Productions is a tour booking, general management, and producing company based in New York. We collaborate with overseas companies and US-based productions to book tours across North America and internationally. This season, as well as The Jungle, we are proud to tour Wuthering Heights, and we are currently general managing The Secret Garden for Center Theater Group in L.A.
Pemberley Productions are dedicated to bringing European drama to North America and North American drama to Europe. As well as this engagement of The Woman in Black at the Shakespeare Theatre Company, the 2019/20 season sees Pemberley general managing (alongside PW Productions) the first U.S. tour of The Last Ship written by and starring Sting, the first U.S. tour of Emma Rice’s new musical Romantics Anonymous with Plush Theatricals in association with Wise Children—with a stop at Shakespeare Theatre Company—and a U.S. tour of Georgian choral group Ensemble Basiani to New York, Berkeley, and Princeton.In their 2018/19 season, Pemberley co-produced the U.S. tour of The Woman in Black, An Inspector Calls directed by Stephen Daldry, and the first U.S. tour of Michael Morpurgo’s Private Peaceful, adapted and directed by Simon Reade. Previous projects include a U.S. national tour of the Royal Shakespeare Company/Filter Theatre production of Twelfth Night, a European tour of The Public Theater’s Apple Family Plays, and an Irish Tour of the American Players Theatre’s production of James DeVita’s In Acting Shakespeare. Pemberley also co-produced the U.S. tour of Ensemble Basiani from the Republic of Georgia in 2016 and general managed the U.S. tour of Druid Theatre’s The Beauty Queen of Leenane. In 2017/18, Pemberley Productions produced the second U.S. national tour of Sancho written by and starring Paterson Joseph, and general managed the national tour of Theatre De La Ville’s State of Siege and the NY premiere of Some Old Black Man at 59E59.