The Woman in Black UK tour dates: 30 years of fear creeping your way
Based on Susan Hill’s classic novel and ghost story, its first show in the Capital was in 1989 and it has subsequently been performed for over 12,300 audiences at the Fortune Theatre.
Besides the stage play, The Woman in Black has also been adapted into two films: the first in 1989 for ITV and the second in 2012, starring Daniel Radcliffe as the protagonist Arthur Kipps. It tells the terrifying tale of a solicitor who sees a deformed, spectral woman dressed in black at the funeral of a client. He becomes paranoid over a curse he believes has been cast on his family by the frightening female ghoul, with his obsession centred around the misty bog surrounding the Eel Marsh House.
The Woman in Black 2019-2020 UK tour opens at the Blackpool Grand Theatre on 11 September, with further dates and casting to be announced soon. It is the second-longest-running West End play after The Mousetrap, so really the scariest thing would be missing the rare opportunity to see it in your city.
Stuart Fox (who currently plays Arthur Kipps in the West End production) tells London Theatre, “The reaction from teenagers and all sorts of people who get very frightened and express themselves through screaming and exclaiming statements like ‘oh my god’ and ‘don’t go through that door’ means people may take refuge with their friends. The evening performances have been satisfying and hearing people talk to themselves during the performance shows that audience members are affected by the production.”
While the curse ultimately cost Arthur Kipps dearly, you can still find reasonably priced tickets for The Woman in Black on StubHub. Fancy being there for a scare? Click the link below for the best seats and keep reading for everything you need to know before you go.
Be there: The Woman in Black UK Tour
What are The Woman in Black UK tour dates?
The Woman in Black’s UK tour will see show dates across the country, stretching from September 2019 until May 2020. With such an extensive schedule, there truly is no reason not to catch this spine-tingling stage play.
The Woman in Black UK 2019-2020 show dates:
- 11-14 September — Grand Theatre, Blackpool
- 16-21 September — Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
- 23-28 September — Nuffield Theatre, Southampton
- 30 September to 5 October — Royal and Derngate, Southampton
- 7-12 October — Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield
- 28 October to 2 November — Orchard Theatre, Dartford
- 5-9 November — Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent
- 12-16 November — Theatre Royal, York
- 18-23 November — Darlington Hippodrome, Darlington
- 26-30 November — Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury
- 13-18 January — Palace Theatre, Southend-on-Sea
- 20-25 January — Curve Theatre, Leicester
- 27 January to February 1 — Playhouse Theatre, Liverpool
- 3-8 February — Kings Theatre, Portsmouth
- 17-22 February — King’s Theatre, Glasgow
- 24-29 February — Cambridge Arts Theatre, Cambridge
- 3-7 March — Princess Theatre, Torquay
- 9-14 March — Lyceum Theatre, Crewe
- 16-21 March — Oxford Playhouse, Oxford
- 23-28 March — Forum Theatre, Billingham
- 14-18 April — Hull New Theatre, Hull
- 20-25 April — King’s Theatre, Edinburgh
- 5-9 May — Theatre Royal, Nottingham
- 11-16 May — Malvern Theatres, Malvern
What is The Woman in Black about?
The stage play adaptation of The Woman in Black changes Susan Hill’s story slight. The theatre version still follows a lawyer obsessed with a curse that he believes has been cast over him and his family by the phantom of a woman in black. However, this telling sees him engage a sceptical young actor to help him tell his terrifying story.
This is because the original three-week run of The Woman in Black could not exceed a budget of £1,000 — including actors, costumes and sets. Premiering in Scarborough in 1987, it was adapted by Stephen Mallatratt as a Christmas play to use up the last of the theatre’s grant money.
To stay on budget, Mallatratt adapted the story to be a play within a play consisting of two actors portraying dozens of characters, though mainly Arthur Kipps and The Actor. After its sold-out run in Scarborough, the show moved to the London West End’s Fortune Theatre in January 1989 and has haunted audiences there ever since. Among the famed thespians who have played The Actor over the years are Joseph Fiennes (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) and Martin Freeman of “The Hobbit”.
Besides the aforementioned two film adaptations, a sequel was also released in cinemas in 2015 titled “The Woman in Black: Angel of Death”. While the big screen versions have all been great, there’s nothing like the big screams of seeing a horror play on stage, wouldn’t you say?