Students will be able to see Susan Hill’s The Woman in Black at their local theatre, with discounted school tickets and post-show Q&As on offer.
The tour will open on Wednesday 6th September at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, before travelling to Cardiff, Billingham, Buxton, Aylesbury, Southend, Richmond, Poole, Nottingham, Liverpool, Norwich, Truro, York, Birmingham and Bradford.
The rest of the tour to date is made up with stops at Brighton, Ipswich, Glasgow, Milton Keynes, Dartford, High Wycombe and Crewe, with further tour dates and casting to follow. You can see the full list of touring dates here.
As well as discounted tickets for students, teachers can download a dedicated education pack to complement the visit, offering an in-depth exploration of the play with reference to the production process and interviews with the author Susan Hill and adaptor Stephen Mallatratt.
Covering any aspect of the production, post-show Q&As can be arranged in advance, bringing pupils face-to-face with members of the cast and crew. The aim of the session is to help deepen understanding of the narrative and dramatic tools used to create the stage play.
The Woman in Black closed in the West End on 4th March, playing over 13,000 performances in the West End across more than three decades, being seen by over seven million people in the UK.
Throughout the production’s run in the West End and during its many tours the producer has been determined to keep ticket prices within the range of students and young people. This policy will continue throughout the upcoming tour.
About the show
Stephen Mallatratt’s adaptation of Susan Hill’s best-selling novel tells the story 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 the borders between make-believe and reality begin to blur and the flesh begins to creep.
You can watch a trailer below:
Following a Christmas production in 1987 at a pub in Scarborough, the play was brought to Hammersmith’s Lyric Theatre in January 1989. Its West End tour started at the Strand (now Novello) Theatre in March and moved to the Playhouse in April, finally lodging at the Fortune on 7th June 1989.
The production is directed by Robin Herford, with designs by Michael Holt and lighting by Kevin Sleep.
School group ticket prices are venue specific. More information is available at thewomaninblack.com.