The Woman in Black

The Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough (1987)
Lyric Hammersmith
(January 1989 – ?)
The Strand Theatre
 (15 February 1989 – ?)
The Playhouse Theatre (19 April 1989 – ?)
The Fortune Theatre (August 1989 – March 2020, paused due to Coronavirus pandemic, then restarted 7 September 2021. The show closed on 4th March 2023)

Played at the Fortune Theatre, London between 1989 and 2023 this spine-chilling drama is tremendously effective at scaring the audience.
An exercise (or exorcise?) in minimal technical effects, sound effects are used to startling effect, and the simple staging helps the atmosphere enormously.

See the page on Lighting with a Gauze for information about how some of the effects were achieved.

There are hundreds of sound cues, which were originally run on multiple CD players, but are now computer-controlled. 

The story was recently made into a feature film starring Daniel Radcliffe.

Written by Stephen Mallatratt
Adapted from the book by Susan Hill
Directed by Robin Herford
Lighting Design by Kevin Sleep
Set Design by Michael Holt
Original Sound Design by Rod Mead
Sound Design by Gareth Owen

Official website:

Trailer for the West End production

Behind the Scenes

About The Woman in Black (