The Woman in Black, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Stephen Malatratt Based on the novel by Susan Hill.

Drama/Thriller Characters: 2 male, 1 extra Bare stage 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. "A real theatrical spine chiller. . . . A truly nerve shredding experience."- The Daily Mail "Provides a pleasurable ripple of fear down one's spine and an uncomfortable lurch in the pit of one's stomach."-Time Out New York "A brilliantly effective spine chiller....

The narrative is gripping."- The Guardian . "A gripping tale, grippingly told."- The Financial Times


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 60 pages, black & white illustrations
  • Publisher: Samuel French Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Plays, playscripts
  • ISBN: 9780573040191



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An adaptation of Susan Hill's classic ghost story.<br/><br/>As a script, I'm giving it only three stars, because there's so much to be filled in. To succeed, it requires the hand of a skilled director, three actors, and a crack tech director.<br/><br/>I'm auditioning for it later this month, and I have confidence in the people involved (who I've wanted to work with for a while) to pull off the scares.

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After a quick glance at the play script, I have to say I think this might well be better than the book and the film. With effective acting and an audience willing to suspend their disbelief and participate in the illusions, it must be amazing. I can't say I'd like to go and see it -- I'm a wuss at heart.

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