Susan Hill’s gripping thriller The Woman In Black reaches a West End milestone as it celebrates its 12,000th performance on 22 September 2018 at The Fortune Theatre, London.
Now playing for 29 years, it is firmly established as London’s longest-running ghost story and the second longest running play in the West End. Another timeless thriller, Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap takes the top spot as the world’s longest-running show (66 years), having opened in 1952.
Universally acclaimed as a terrifying night in the theatre, The Woman In Black tells the spine-tingling tale of a lawyer obsessed with a curse that he believes has been cast over his family by the spectre of a ‘Woman in Black’. He engages a young actor to help him tell his story and exorcise the fear that grips his soul. It begins innocently enough, but as they delve further into his darkest memories, they find themselves caught up in a world of eerie marshes and moaning winds.
Adapted by Stephen Mallatratt from the best-selling novel by Susan Hill, The Woman In Black is directed by Robin Herford and currently stars Richard Hope as ‘Arthur Kipps’ and Mark Hawkins as ‘The Actor’.
Producer Peter Wilson said today, “To have achieved 12,000 performances may not be unique, but it is remarkable. Susan Hill’s great story allied to Robin Herford’s carefully inspired direction of Stephen Mallatratt’s brilliant adaptation have kept the show fresh, exciting – and constantly in demand. I’m grateful to them all, and to the extraordinary casts and crews that have kept The Fortune Theatre busy for so long.”