After 33 extraordinary years in London’s West Finish, the theatrical sensation that’s Susan Hill’s THE WOMAN IN BLACK, will play its closing efficiency at The Fortune Theatre, London on Saturday 4 March 2023.
Producer Peter Wilson stated right this moment, “The Girl in Black’s miraculous theatricality has by no means faltered. Out of a gauze, a wicker skip and a door Stephen Mallatratt and Robin Herford conjured a whole world into which generations of younger folks have entered, surrendering to the final word magic of theatre: their very own imaginations. Nevertheless, the financial actuality of attracting so many younger folks has caught up with us in a world of rising costs.
My due to Charles Kay and John Duttine, the primary forged in 1989, to the generations of actors who’ve maintained the custom of excellence whereas inhabiting Susan’s marvellous novella and Stephen’s extraordinary adaptation, to Robin Herford – who has directed each forged over the 33 years – to all of the workers on the Fortune and naturally the crew at PW Productions.”
Susan Hill, author of the novel stated, “I’m extraordinarily unhappy that The Girl in Black is closing at The Fortune Theatre in March subsequent yr. It has been the proper house for us for over 33 years. I’m particularly proud that Stephen Mallatratt’s fantastic stage adaptation of my ghost story has given generations of younger folks the chance to expertise the enjoyment and the life-changing influence of theatre.”
Director Robin Herford stated, “Since commissioning Stephen Mallatratt to write down me a ghost story for Christmas to current for 3 and a half weeks on the Stephen Joseph Theatre within the Autumn of 1987, The Girl in Black has been a big a part of my life for a 3rd of a century – and counting!
The Fortune has been a really glad London house for this play, its intimacy offering not solely the correct scale and ambiance for the motion, but in addition a deal with for the viewers in appreciating this West Finish jewel with its basic Artwork Deco structure. An ideal match. Leaving The Fortune is the tip of a big chapter within the story of The Girl in Black. It has been a privilege to have stewardship of this theatre with its fantastic workers wherein to inform Susan’s devastating story within the extremely authentic and imaginative method wherein Stephen conceived it for the stage.
I’m proudest of the variety of schoolchildren for whom this manufacturing has constituted one in every of their first experiences of theatre. Younger folks actually reply to this play, and it gladdens my coronary heart after I hear giant numbers of schoolchildren queueing up outdoors earlier than a efficiency. Earlier this Autumn, I received chatting to a instructor who had introduced no fewer than 17 completely different events of scholars to this present through the years! It’s how we develop our subsequent technology of audiences.”
THE WOMAN IN BLACK has performed over 13,000 performances within the West Finish and been seen by over 7-million folks within the UK. In June 2019 the manufacturing celebrated its thirtieth Anniversary in London’s West Finish with a particular gala efficiency.
Following a Christmas manufacturing in 1987 at a pub in Scarborough, THE WOMAN IN BLACK was delivered to Hammersmith’s Lyric Theatre in January 1989. Evaluations have been sufficiently encouraging (aside from The Impartial, who regretted the manufacturing’s lack of ability to include a dwell canine) to warrant a West Finish run. Its West Finish tour began on the Strand (now Novello) Theatre in March and moved to the Playhouse in April, lastly lodging on the Fortune on June 7, 1989.
All through the run the producer has been decided to maintain ticket costs inside the vary of scholars and younger folks. However, the manufacturing has netted traders greater than £8,000,000 through the years on the Fortune. This coverage will proceed in no matter kind the play and manufacturing take sooner or later.
THE WOMAN IN BLACK at present stars Julian Forsyth as Arthur Kipps and Matthew Spencer as The Actor.