Dazzling! Fantastic! Spine-tingling! Over eight million people have lived to tell the tale of one of the most successful – and thrilling – theatre events ever staged, and it’s now shocking audiences in Chicago. Given 3 ½ stars by The Chicago Tribune’s Chris Jones, The Woman in Black – London’s long-running West End play – is now open at Chicago’s Royal George Theatre through February 17, 2019 with all the stage thrills that have led audiences in London to return time after time for 30 years.
Susan Hill’s Gothic ghost story, adapted for the stage by Stephen Mallatratt, is set in an isolated windswept mansion with tragic secrets hidden behind its shuttered windows. There, a young lawyer encounters spooky visions in the house set amidst the eerie marshes and howling winds of England’s forbidding Northeast Coast. With just two actors, The Woman in Black offers audiences an evening of sheer theatricality as they are transported into a chilling and ghostly world. The Chicago Tribune calls it “a toe-curling shocker,” and other reviews rave:
“Superb!” - Newcity
“Chilling!” – Chicago Theater Beat
“Spooky!” – Broadway World
“Epic!” – Picture this Post
“Excellent!” – Third Coast Review
“Mesmerizing!” – Splash Magazine
“Brilliant!” – Chicago Theater Reviews
The Chicago Sun-Times says, “It’s rare to see a show that so effectively controls the audience’s point of focus, employing shadow and light like a master stage magician. Whether it’s jump scares or slowly building dread, ‘The Woman In Black’ delivers.”
For the Chicago production, director Robin Herford recreated his original staging for the first time in the U.S., with a Chicago-based cast. This American premiere of the Original London West End production, presented by PW Productions and Pemberley Productions, at the Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted St., Chicago.
The History of THE WOMAN IN BLACK
Susan Hill's novel, THE WOMAN IN BLACK was originally published in 1983 and has thrilled and spooked millions of readers ever since. Robin Heford commissioned Stephen Mallatratt to adapt the novel for the stage in 1987 and it was produced as a Christmas show at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough, U.K. After months of sold out performances, the play transferred to London's West End in January 1989.
The classic chiller was released as a major motion picture starring Daniel Radcliffe in 2012, and soon became the highest grossing British horror film in 20 years.
The Chicago production of THE WOMAN IN BLACK will star Bradley Armacost as Arthur Kipps and Adam Wesley Brown as The Actor.
Performances of THE WOMAN IN BLACK are as follows: Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30pm; Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30pm. Tickets are $49 to $69. To purchase tickets, please visit http://www.ticketmaster.com or the Box Office at 312.988.9000. For more information, visit http://www.theroyalgeorgetheatre.com.