Stephen Mallatratt’s adaptation of Susan Hill’s best-selling novel The Woman in Black, which has been called ‘the world’s most terrifying live theatre experience’ is returning to Newcastle’s Theatre Royal next month.
This will be the show’s sixth visit to Newcastle Theatre Royal. It is the first visit since the play was adapted into a film, starring Daniel Radcliffe in 2012, which became Britain’s highest grossing horror film in 20 years.
It 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 the eponymous woman. 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 delve 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.
David Acton will play the role of Mr Kipps and The Actor will be played Matthew Spencer.
The production is directed by Robin Herford, with designs by Michael Holt, lighting by Kevin Sleep and sound by Gareth Owen. The UK tour will mark 27 years since it’s West End debut.
Mallatratt wrote his early plays while working as an actor in Alan Ayckbourn’s Scarborough company. 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. He has also written 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 includes The Innocents for YTV, and he adapted The Forsyte Saga for Granada.
The play has terrified over 7 million theatregoers since it first opened. It has become a global phenomenon translated into at least 12 languages and performed in at least 42 countries.
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The Woman in Black is at Newcastle Theatre Royal from Mon 24 until Sat 29 April 2017, playing evenings at 7.30pm, matinees Tue & Thu 2pm and Sat 2.30pm. Tickets from £14.50. Tickets can be purchased from the Theatre Royal Box Office on 08448 11 21 21 or book online here.