The Woman in Black - Celebrating 30 Years
The West End’s spookiest show is celebrating 30 years.
‘The Woman in Black’ sold out the first night it was staged, on 12 December 1987, before embarking on a three-week run. After a year of pre-production and rehearsal it opened at the Lyric Hammersmith in 1989, before moving to the Strand Theatre a month later,. From there the show transferred to the Playhouse in April and finally the Fortune Theatre - where it has enjoyed an uninterrupted run since August 1989. This makes it the second-longest running West End show, behind only Agatha Christie’s ‘The Mousetrap’.
Immortalised in the 2012 Daniel Radcliffe film of the same name, Stephen Mallatratt’s spare ghost story tells the story of Arthur Kipps: a widowed legal clerk whose employer has given him one last chance. He ventures to the secluded Eel Marsh House, but is met with a frosty welcome - which only worsens as a series of sinister goings-on befall the townspeople.
The secret to the show’s continued success? According to Director Robin Herford: "The whole theatre is the set.” The show offers an immersive experience, with unparalleled attention to detail. The theatre is kept at a colder temperature than usual, with no music playing - creating a chilling atmosphere that has kept audiences on the edge of their seats for 30 years.
Having previously undertaken the role of Arthur Kipps at the Fortune Theatre and during the UK Tour, Stuart Fox returns to “The Woman in Black”. Matthew Spencer takes on the role of ‘The Actor’, fulfilling all the other roles in the play. The chemistry the pair have built together throughout their run is vital to the success of this two-hander.
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