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The Woman in Black – Treat students to a venerable West End chiller

The Woman in Black
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The Woman in Black production
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GCSE / English Literature / Theatre
Key Stage
KS3, KS4

“It was 9.30 on Christmas Eve….”

Dame Susan Hill’s acclaimed ghost story comes dramatically to life in Stephen Mallatratt’s ingenious stage adaptation.

Now celebrating over three decades in the West End, this gripping production is a brilliantly successful study in atmosphere, illusion and controlled horror.

A lawyer is obsessed with a curse he believes has been cast over him and his family by the spectre of a woman in black.

At his wit’s end, he engages the services of a sceptical young actor to help him tell his terrifying tale and exorcise the fear that grips his soul.

Their attempts to reconstruct and present the lawyer’s story begin innocently enough – but as they start to probe further into his darkest memories, they soon find themselves caught within a frightening world of eerie marshes and moaning winds…

“This gripping production is a brilliantly successful study in atmosphere, illusion and controlled horror”

Julian Forsyth is a stage and television actor who first played lawyer Arthur Kipps in The Woman in Black in 2010.

His other theatrical credits include Guys and Dollsat the Royal Albert Hall and Sunset Boulevard at the Coliseum, while his television credits include Father Brown, A Touch of Frost, and Holby City.

Matthew Spencer is a fellow returnee to The Woman in Black as The Actor, having first played the role at The Fortune Theatre and later on tour.

His other theatrical credits include Amadeusat the National Theatre, War Horse at the National Theatre and Nicholas Nickleby at the Gielgud Theatre.

He has also appeared on television in My Family and on film in The Man You’re Not.

Need to know
  • The Woman in Black is playing at The Fortune Theatre, London, and currently booking until April 2023. Special reductions are available for school groups of 10 or more at certain performances, with the best available seats priced at just £21.50 each (subject to availability). One teacher in ten gets to see the play for free!
  • Schools and groups can request a 20-minute, post-show Q+A session with the cast or crew and a complimentary education pack is available which offers an in-depth exploration of the play and the production process.

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