The Woman in Black Comes to Sydney

by | Apr 16, 2024

PW Productions, Woodward Productions and Neil Gooding Productions today announced that a Sydney season has been added to the national tour of The Woman in Black. Sydney audiences will now have the opportunity to witness the most terrifying live theatre experience in the world at Theatre Royal Sydney for a limited season from 30 July, with tickets on sale from today. This follows the previously announced seasons in Toowoomba, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne, Canberra, Wollongong and Newcastle.

Due to huge demand, extra performances have also been released today for the Melbourne season at the Atheneum Theatre, with the season now running from to 13 June to 6 July.

The Woman in Black, described by The Guardian as “A Masterpiece” and by the Daily Telegraph (UK) as “The most brilliantly effective spine chiller you will ever encounter”, is the second longest-running play in West End history, after Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap. Susan Hill’s acclaimed ghost story dramatically comes alive in Stephen Mallatratt’s ingenious stage adaptation, a brilliantly successful study in atmosphere, illusion and controlled horror.

The Woman in Black stars two of Australia’s most acclaimed actors, John Waters and Daniel MacPherson. With a career spanning 50 years, John Waters is well known for lead roles in the film Breaker Morant and the television series Rush, All the Rivers Run, Rake and his 20-year run on Play School. His prolific stage work includes Hair, Godspell and Jesus Christ Superstar in the 1970s, through to the musicals The Rocky Horror Show, They’re Playing Our Song opposite Jackie Weaver and The Sound of Music opposite Lisa McCune. An accomplished musician, John has toured Australia many times with his one-man show Looking Through a Glass Onion. John previously starred across Australia in The Woman in Black in 2006, opposite Brett Tucker.

Daniel MacPherson has conquered film, television and stage roles across the world in a career that has spanned over 25 years. After rising to fame on Neighbours, Daniel spent two years in the UK on the popular TV series The Bill and starred on stage in Godspell alternating in the roles of Jesus and Judas. Internationally, he has starred in the TV series Strike Back, APB, The Shannara Chronicles and Foundation – based on Isaac Asimov’s book series – and his feature film credits include Poker Face, A Wrinkle In Time and the sci-fi films The Osiris Child and Infini. On Australian television, Daniel has had lead roles in City Homicide and Wild Boys, as well as hosting Dancing with the Stars for seven seasons. Most recently Daniel has featured on stage in 2:22 – A Ghost Story in Melbourne alongside Ruby Rose, Gemma Ward and Remy Hii and will next be seen opposite Russell Crowe in the upcoming feature Land of Bad.

Written in 1983, Susan Hill’s The Woman in Black has become one of the most successful gothic novels in the English canon. A perfect example of horror and gothic writing, readers are transported to the eerie setting of Eel Marsh House in the small market town of Crythin Gifford in the north of England. The story is told through the first person narration of Arthur Kipps, who begins the novel too distressed to share a ghost story with his family, and then recounts how as a young solicitor he was sent to oversee the funeral of a Mrs Alice Drablow, a client of his law firm. Along the way he encounters many who seem unwilling or unable to share the secrets of Eel Marsh House and its inhabitants, until he himself encounters the Woman in Black, and begins to unravel the mystery of the haunted past and eerie spectre he sees.

THE WOMAN IN BLACK

Venue                                  Theatre Royal Sydney

Season                                30 July – 18 August

Performance Times      Tues 7:00pm, Wed-Sat 7:30pm, Wed 1:00pm, Sat 2:00pm, Sun 1:00pm

Prices                                  From $59.00 (Transaction fees apply)

Bookings                             theatreroyalsydney.com or 1300 163 808

Groups 8+ enquire at theatreroyalsydney.com/contact-us or 1300 163 808

Venue                                  Empire Theatre, Toowoomba

Season                                27 April

Performance Times      2:00pm and 7:30pm

Prices                                  From $65.00 (Transaction fees apply)

Bookings                             empiretheatre.com.au or phone 1300 655 299

Venue                                  Playhouse, QPAC, Brisbane

Season                                30 April – 11 May

Performance Times      Tues-Thurs 7:00pm, Fri-Sat 7:30pm, Wed & Thurs 1pm, Sat 2pm

Prices                                  From $55.00 (Transaction fees apply)

Bookings                             qpac.com.au or phone 136 246

Groups 8+ call (07) 3840 7466

Venue                                  Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre

Season                                15 – 26 May

Performance Times      Tues-Thurs 7:00pm, Fri-Sat 7:30pm, Wed or Thurs 1pm, Sat 2pm, Sun 1 & 6pm

Prices                                  From $55.00 (Transaction fees apply)

Bookings                             ticketek.com.au or phone 13 28 49

Groups 8+ call 13 12 46

Venue                                  His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth

Season                                30 May – 9 June

Performance Times      Tues-Thurs 7pm, Fri-Sat 7:30pm, Wed or Thurs 1pm, Sat 2pm, Sun 1 & 6pm

Prices                                  From $59.00 (Transaction fees apply)

Bookings                             artsculturetrust.wa.gov.au or (08) 6212 9292

Groups 8+ call (08) 6212 9291 or email groups@artsculturetrust.wa.gov.au

Venue                                  Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne

Season                                13 June – 6 July

Performance Times      Tues-Thurs 7:00pm, Fri-Sat 7:30pm, Wed or Thurs or Fri 1pm, Sat 2pm, Sun 1 & 6pm (schedule varies each week)

Prices                                  From $55.00 (Transaction fees apply)

Bookings                             ticketmaster.com.au or phone (03) 9650 1500

Groups 8+ visit ticketmaster.com.au

Groups 20+ email groups@ticketmaster.com.au

Venue                                  Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra

Season                                9 – 14 July

Performance Times      Tues-Thurs 7:00pm, Fri-Sat 7:30pm, Wed 1pm, Sat 2pm, Sun 1pm

Prices                                  From $55.00 (Transaction fees apply)

Bookings                             canberratheatrecentre.com.au or (02) 6275 2700

Groups 8+ call (02) 6275 2727

Venue                                  Merrigong Theatre Company, Wollongong

Season                                17 – 21 July

Performance Times      Wed-Thurs 6:30pm, Fri-Sat 7:30pm, Thurs 11am, Sat & Sun 1:30pm

Prices                                  Adults $89.00 (Transaction fees apply)

Bookings                             https://merrigong.com.au/shows/the-woman-in-black/ or (02) 4224 5999

Groups 8+ call (02) 4224 5999

Venue                                   Civic Theatre, Newcastle

Season                                23 – 27 July

Performance Times       Tues-Thurs 7:00pm, Fri-Sat 7:30pm, Wed 1pm, Sat 2pm, Sun 1pm

Prices                                  From $55.00 (Transaction fees apply)

Bookings                             civictheatrenewcastle.com.au or (02) 4929 1977

Groups 8 + call (02) 4929 1977

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