THE WOMAN IN BLACK. Richard Hope 'Arthur Kipps' and Mark Hawkins 'The Actor'. Photo by Tristram Kenton

Susan Hill’s The Woman In Black celebrates 12,000 performances

PW Productions are delighted to celebrate 12,000 performances of Susan Hill’s THE WOMAN IN BLACK on Saturday 22nd September 2018 at The Fortune Theatre, London. THE WOMAN IN BLACK currently stars Richard Hope as ‘Arthur Kipps’ and Mark Hawkins as ‘The Actor’.

Producer Peter Wilson said today, “To have achieved 12,000 performances may not be unique, but it is remarkable. Susan Hill’s great story allied to Robin Herford’s carefully inspired direction of Stephen Mallatratt’s brilliant adaptation have kept the show fresh, exciting – and constantly in demand. I’m grateful to them all, and to the extraordinary casts and crews that have kept The Fortune Theatre busy for so long.

THE WOMAN IN BLACK will then celebrate its 30th Anniversary in London’s West End in June 2019. 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 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 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 creep.

THE WOMAN IN BLACK. Richard Hope 'Arthur Kipps' and Mark Hawkins 'The Actor'. Photo by Tristram Kenton
THE WOMAN IN BLACK. Richard Hope ‘Arthur Kipps’ and Mark Hawkins ‘The Actor’. Photo by Tristram Kenton

Richard Hope’s theatre credits include: “Queen Anne”; “The Park”; “The History Boys”; “Orlando”; “King Lear”; “Much Ado About Nothing”; “Don Juan”; “Hamlet” and “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” among others. Richard’s television credits include: “Poldark”, “Broadchurch”, “Midsomer Murders”; “Doctor Who”; “Poirot”; “Brideshead Revisited”; “Foyles War” and “Tipping the Velvet”. He has recently helped to research and develop new work for the National Theatre Studio, RSC, Globe Theatre and Old Vic Theatre.

Mark Hawkins trained at The Central School of Speech and Drama. His theatre credits include: “The Railway Children”; “Muted”; “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”; “Richard III”; “The Night Before Christmas”; “The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde”; “Julius Caesar” and “Pills Thrills and Automobiles”, and also “The Woman in Black” on tour. His short film credits include: “Day 703”;, “Amnesiac”; “Spoons”; “Anamnesis”; “George Eliot’s Silas Marner” and “The Ash Can”.

THE WOMAN IN BLACK is directed by Robin Herford, with designs by Michael Holt, lighting by Kevin Sleep and sound by Gareth Owen.

Russell Street, London, WC2B 5HH
Performance Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 8.00pm; Tuesday and Thursday at 3.00pm and Saturday at 4.00pm

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