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THE WOMAN IN BLACK to shut within the West Finish after 33 years

After 33 extraordinary years in London’s West Finish, the theatrical sensation that’s Susan Hill’s THE WOMAN IN BLACK, will play its ultimate efficiency at The Fortune Theatre, London on Saturday 4 March 2023.

Producer Peter Wilson stated at present, “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 individuals have entered, surrendering to the last word magic of theatre: their very own imaginations. Nonetheless, the financial actuality of attracting so many younger individuals has caught up with us in a world of rising costs.

My due to Charles Kay and John Duttine, the primary solid 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 solid over the 33 years – to all of the workers on the Fortune and naturally the workforce 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 12 months. It has been the proper residence 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 individuals the chance to expertise the enjoyment and the life-changing affect of theatre.”

Director Robin Herford stated, “Since commissioning Stephen Mallatratt to put in writing 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 pleased London residence for this play, its intimacy offering not solely the proper scale and ambiance for the motion, but in addition a deal with for the viewers in appreciating this West Finish jewel with its traditional Artwork Deco structure. An ideal match. Leaving The Fortune is the top 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 by which to inform Susan’s devastating story within the extremely unique and imaginative method by which Stephen conceived it for the stage.

I’m proudest of the variety of schoolchildren for whom this manufacturing has constituted considered one of their first experiences of theatre. Younger individuals actually reply to this play, and it gladdens my coronary heart after I hear massive numbers of schoolchildren queueing up exterior earlier than a efficiency. Earlier this Autumn, I obtained chatting to a instructor who had introduced no fewer than 17 completely different events of scholars to this present over time! It’s how we develop our subsequent era of audiences.”

THE WOMAN IN BLACK has performed over 13,000 performances within the West Finish and been seen by over 7-million individuals 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 dropped at Hammersmith’s Lyric Theatre in January 1989. Opinions have been sufficiently encouraging (other than The Impartial, who regretted the manufacturing’s lack of ability to include a reside 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 throughout the vary of scholars and younger individuals. However, the manufacturing has netted traders greater than £8,000,000 over time on the Fortune. This coverage will proceed in no matter kind the play and manufacturing take sooner or later.

THE WOMAN IN BLACK at the moment stars Julian Forsyth as Arthur Kipps and Matthew Spencer as The Actor.


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