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Woman in Black Marks 13th Birthday at Fortune

By • West End
The award-winning thriller The Woman in Black tonight celebrates its 13th birthday at the West End's Fortune Theatre, where it first opened on 7 June 1989.

Originally produced at Scarborough's Stephen Joseph Theatre in December 1987, The Woman in Black has been seen by over two million viewers in London alone. It has also been produced around the world, including in Japan, the US and in Mexico, where it's been running for the past seven years.

In The Woman in Black, young solicitor Arthur Kipps 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 thriller is based on the 1970s novel by Susan Hill and is adapted for the stage by Stephen Mallatratt, who recently adapted John Galsworthy's The Forsyte Saga for Granada television.

The current cast of The Woman in Black are Christopher Ravenscroft and Sebastian Harcombe. Previous cast members have included Joseph Fiennes (in his first professional role), Edward Petherbridge, Michael Siberry and Patrick Toomey. The production is directed by Robin Herford and designed by Michael Holt with lighting by Kevin Sleep.

A separate production, starring Robert Demeger and Timothy Watson is currently touring the UK.


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