Stephen Mallatratt’s adaptation of Susan Hill’s best-selling novel is a stage thriller full of illusion and controlled horror which has terrified over 7 million theatregoers since it first opened. Widely regarded as the world’s most frightening live theatre experience, it has become a global phenomenon translated into at least 12 languages and performed in at least 42 countries.
This will be the show’s sixth visit to Newcastle Theatre Royal following overwhelming popular demand. It is also the first visit since Hill’s The Woman in Black was released as a major motion picture starring Daniel Radcliffe in 2012, Britain’s highest grossing horror film in 20 years.
The show 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 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 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 runs concurrently with the West End production and marks 27 of the show in the West End.
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 (Calls cost 7ppm plus your phone company’s access charge) or book online at www.theatreroyal.co.uk
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