The Woman in Black

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The Woman in Black is a 1987 stage play, adapted by Stephen Mallatratt. The play is based on the book of the same name, which was written in 1983 by Susan Hill. It is notable for only having two actors perform the whole play.

The original text

It was first performed at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough, in 1987. The production opened in London's West End in 1989 and is still being performed there, becoming the second longest-running non-musical play in the history of the West End, after The Mousetrap.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1992-1993: A Pieter Toerien production was directed by Marc Urquhart with Neil McCarthy and Robert Whitehead at the Alhambra Theatre, Johannesburg, from 18 December 1992 to 10 April 1993, and at the Theatre on the Bay, Cape Town, from 14 April to 8 May 1993. Set design by Jannie Swanepoel.

2002: Directed by Lesley Barnard in 2002 in Port Elizabeth with Tanya Taylor.

2009: Produced by Moira Blumenthal, lighting by Jannie Swanepoel, Montecasino Theatre with Eckard Rabe, Anton Luitingh and Tarryn Wilford, December 2009, and at the Theatre on the Bay in February 2010.


The Citizen 12 January 1993.

Sunday Independent 6 December 2009.

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