John Waters and Daniel MacPherson: THE WOMAN IN BLACK

by | Jan 21, 2024

 

The most terrifying live theatre experience in the world is returning to Australia this year. 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 comes dramatically alive in Stephen Mallatratt’s ingenious stage adaptation, a brilliantly successful study in atmosphere, illusion and controlled horror. This gripping production will play limited seasons in Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne, Canberra and Newcastle from May to July.

 

The Woman in Black will star 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 opposite Ruby Rose, Gemma Ward and Remy Hii and will next be seen opposite Russell Crowe in the upcoming feature Land of Bad.

 

Producer Alex Woodward said, “I first saw The Woman in Black in 2020 and knew I had to bring it back to Australia. It’s such an incredible gripping show that is so spellbinding, it has you on the edge of your seat for two hours. When it came to casting we knew it was perfect to ask theatre royalty John Waters to reprise his role he debuted in Australia more than 15 years ago. Daniel was also a natural choice for his incredible ability, charm and charisma.”

 

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.

 

A real treat. Entertainment at its very best” – Daily Telegraph

Ingenious – a journey into fear” – Ben Brantley, New York Times

Don’t go unless you like being scared out of your wits!” – Sunday Mirror

It tightens its grip on the spectator like a medieval instrument of torture.” – Daily Express

One of British theatre’s biggest – and scariest – hits.” – The Guardian

A truly nerve-shredding experience!” – Daily Mail

 

The Woman in Blackwill scare the living daylights out of you” (Daily Express) – see it if you dare!

 

 

See and download The Woman in Black trailer here

thewomaninblack.com.au

@thewomaninblackaus

 

 

PRODUCTION CREDITS

Directed by Robin Herford

Associate Director: Antony Eden

Designed by Michael Holt

Lighting Design: Kevin Sleep

Original Sound Design: Rod Mead

Sound Designer: Sebastian Frost

 

THE WOMAN IN BLACK

Venue                            Playhouse, QPAC, Brisbane

Season                          From 1 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

TICKETS ON SALE FROM 29 JANUARY

 

Venue                            Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre

Season                          From 15 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

TICKETS ON SALE FROM 30 JANUARY

 

Venue                            His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth

Season                         From 30 May

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

TICKETS ON SALE FROM 29 JANUARY

 

Venue                           Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne

Season                         From 14 June

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

TICKETS ON SALE FROM 24 JANUARY

 

Venue                           Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra

Season                         From 9 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

TICKETS ON SALE FROM 25 JANUARY

 

Venue                           Civic Theatre, Newcastle

Season                         From 23 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

TICKETS ON SALE FROM 29 JANUARY

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