The Woman in Black

“But what was ‘real?’ At that moment, I began to doubt my own reality.”

By: Stephen Mallatratt
Based on the book by: Susan Hill
Director: Robert Weathers


October 4, 5, 12 @ 7:30 pm
October 13 @ 2:00pm
Williamsburg Library Theatre


The framework of this spine tingler is unusual: a lawyer hires an actor to tutor him in recounting to family and friends a story that has long troubled him concerning events that transpired when he attended the funeral of an elderly recluse. There he caught sight of the woman in black, the mere mention of whom terrifies the locals, for she is a specter who haunts the neighborhood where her illegitimate child was accidentally killed. Anyone who sees her dies! The lawyer has invited some friends to watch as he and the actor recreate the events of that dark and stormy night. A classic of the genre.


(Courtesy of American Theatre Wing)
STEPHEN MALLATRATT was an English playwright and television screenwriter. He is best known for his television work on the ITV series Coronation StreetThe Forsyte Saga (2002) and Island at War (2004), and for his stage adaptation of the novel The Woman in Black. He was also an actor, appearing in minor roles in Chariots of Fire and Brideshead Revisited. He died of leukaemia in 2004. Stephen was a pupil at Orange Hill Grammar School in Edgware where he excelled at drama, English and swimming. He was extremely popular and was feted for his performances in school plays.