The Woman in Black (1987)

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The Woman in Black
Adaptation:
Stephen Mallatratt from the original novella by Susan Hill

World Premiere:
12 February 1987
Venue: The Studio, Stephen Joseph Theatre in the Round

Transfer:
3 November 1987
Venue: Aldwych Theatre, London

Short Synopsis: At a theatre, the haunted Kipps and an actor prepare to tell the terrifying story of Kipps' ill-fated experiences at Eel Marsh House as a young man. And his terrible encounter with the Woman in Black…

The Woman in Black is Stephen Mallatratt's adaptation of Susan Hill's best-selling novel. Premiered in 1987 as a low-budget studio show at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in the Round, it transferred to London two years later where it has become the second running West End show after Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap.

It is included on Alan Ayckbourn's Official Website due to, arguably, being the most successful non-Ayckbourn play to have originated at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, and because it was highly influential in Alan Ayckbourn's decision to write his play
Haunting Julia.