Woman in Black Celebrates 10th AnniversaryDate: 7 June 1999
The Woman in Black celebrates ten years at the West End's Fortune Theatre today. The thriller, based on the 1970s novel by Susan Hill and adapted for the stage by Stephen Mallatratt, is one of the most successful plays ever staged in the West End, seen by more than two million people.
A keen young solicitor is sent to wind up the affairs of a recently deceased woman. He begins to piece together the details of her strange reclusive life, alone in a remote and mysterious house, and soon finds himself under a curse cast by the spectre of a 'woman in black'. Years later, he recounts his experiences to a sceptical young actor in a desperate attempt to exorcise his fears. The play currently stars John Nettleton and Robert Hands.
The Woman in Black was first staged at the Lyric Hammersmith. It transferred to the West End's Strand Theatre in February 1989 before moving to the Playhouse in April and then settling at the Fortune in August of the same year. It is directed by Robin Herford and designed by Michael Holt with lighting by Kevin Sleep. Last year, the creative team reunited to mount a successful two-month, eleven-stop regional tour in addition to the West End show.
In celebration of the tenth anniversary, audience members at tonight's performance at the Fortune will be offered a complimentary glass of wine at the interval. For further information, contact the Fortune Theatre box office on +44-171-836-2238.