October 12 – 28, 2012
Written by Stephen Mallatratt
Based on a novel by Susan Hill
Directed by Kelly Daniels, D
Designed by Jules Conn and Freddy Gabrsek
The Woman in Black – October 10-28, 2012
Susan Hill’s novel has become a modern classic in world literature. More than twenty years ago it was placed on the National Curriculum in the U.K. The stage adaptation by Stephen Mallatratt was first staged in 1987 and now thousands of students flock to the Fortune Theatre in London's West End every year to see the 'scariest play ever produced'.
The play revolves around a junior solicitor Arthur Kipps, who has come to Crythin Gifford to attend the funeral of a certain Mrs. Alice Drablow, who was a client of his firm. There is a mysterious figure that appears at the funeral, but no one from town will speak of who she is. Mrs. Drablow's former residence, Eel Marsh House, becomes the setting of some very disturbing scenes as Kipps begins to sort through the belongings of his recently deceased client. As the story unravels, Kipps becomes aware of the reasoning behind the town's tight lipped attitude towards The Woman in Black.
Watch if you dare, but many have been quoted to have watched this classic Gothic horror from behind their hands. Each of the two characters on stage play numerous roles as they expose the truth behind the frightening story. Original sound effects create that uneasy, eerie feeling. However, please note that although the show has mature themes and language, the stage production does NOT exploit the tragic circumstances surrounding children like the 2012 movie.
“The Drama Department go on a wide range of theatre trips to support the understanding of the art of performance for DGS pupils. This chilling production was a thrilling roller coaster of emotions, where many pupils were seen covering their eyes, jumping at cleverly crafted sound effects and screaming whenever the woman in black appeared in the auditorium.”
Didcot Girl's School, Oxfordshire, England
Warning: Not suitable for young children
Previews October 10 & 11
Evenings Wednesday – Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday and Friday matinees at 11:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.