Just following Halloween, the acclaimed 1983 ghost story by Susan Hill, The Woman In Black, will hit Chicago’s Royal George Theatre, kicking-off a national Broadway tour.
On November 15, The Woman In Black will begin previews, and the show will officially open on November 18. Featured actors include Chicago’s own Bradley Armacost and Adam Wesley Brown. Additionally, London’s Robert Herford will direct the play, recreating the original staging. According to the Chicago Tribune, the “hope is for a long run.”
The show has played at West End in London for over three decades, and in 2012, a film version of the story was released, starring the Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe. The film became the highest grossing British horror film in 20 years. Adapted by Stephen Mallatratt, the Broadway show will be produced by PW Productions and Pemberly Productions.
The Woman In Black revolves around a widowed lawyer, Arthur Kipps, who is attending a funeral of a former client, Alice Drablow. While there, he sees a young woman, dressed in all black. No one will explain to him the story behind the woman so, intrigued, Kipps goes to Drablow’s house in the middle of a marsh. Kipps searches through her things and discovers the dark secret of The Woman In Black.
“As the tale unfolds, it tightens its grip on the spectator like a medieval instrument of torture… It is all staged impeccably with amazing sound effects and shocks that make you jump out of your seat,” London’s newspaper The Daily Express said of the show. “But it is the simplicity that impresses. It is profoundly effective, and it will scare the living daylights out of you.”
“The atmosphere is so charged-up that on more than one occasion the entire audience screamed in terror,” The Independent added.
Through February 17, 2019, the show will play on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday 2:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at the Royal George Theatre.