ABOUT THE SHOW
CAST & CREATIVES
"PREPARE TO BE SCARED"
"A TERRIFYING RIDE"
"THE STUFF YOUR NIGHTMARES
ARE MADE OF" DUBAI CITY GUIDE
"IT LEAVES THE AUDIENCE SHAKING WITH FEAR" GULF NEWS
THE MOST TERRIFYING LIVE THEATRE EXPERIENCE IN THE WORLD
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26 SEPT - 2 OCT 2017
The smash hit thriller The Woman In Black
live on stage in Dubai
ABOUT THE SHOW
Unanimously acclaimed by the critics, Stephen Mallatratt’s stage adaptation of Susan Hill’s bestselling novel harnesses the power and intensity of live theatre, transporting audiences into a atmospheric and terrifying ghostly world.
A lawyer obsessed with a curse that he believes has been cast over him and his family by the spectre of a ‘Woman in Black’ engages a sceptical young actor to help him tell his terrifying story and exorcise the fear that grips his soul. It begins innocently enough, but as they reach further into his darkest memories the borders between make believe and reality begin to blur and the flesh begins to creep as the ‘Woman in Black’ reveals her terrible purpose...
THE WOMAN IN BLACK is respected internationally as one of the most effective plays ever to be written. Celebrating its 27th year in London's West End, over 7 million people have seen the play in over 40 countries. Made even more famous by the record-breaking movie version starring Daniel Radcliffe, THE WOMAN IN BLACK features a brilliant West End cast. This heart-stopping production has sold out its previous runs in the UAE and returns due to overwhelming demand.
MALCOLM JAMES & MARK HAWKINS
SET DESIGN BY
SOUND DESIGN & MUSIC BY
LIGHTING DESIGN BY
PAUL GOULD & DAN CREASEY
COSTUME DESIGN BY
JOHN PAYTON & LUCY MAGEE
FOR POPULAR PRODUCTIONS LTD
"IT NEVER FAILS TO THRILL. FULL OF SURPRISES AND SUSPENSE, IT LEAVES THE AUDIENCE SHAKING WITH FEAR. THIS IS THEATRE AT ITS BEST AND MOST POWERFUL"
"YOU WILL BE LEFT SEARCHING THE SHADOWS FOR THE NEXT SHOCK. A TERRIFYING RIDE"
"THE ACTING IS TOP NOTCH. GENUINELY CHILLING"
"THIS IS THE STUFF YOUR NIGHTMARES ARE MADE OF"
DUBAI CITY GUIDE
"ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT - PREPARE TO BE SCARED.
A THRILLING ATMOSPHERE....
AN UNBEATABLE NIGHT OF THEATRE"
CAST & CREATIVES
MALCOLM JAMES - ARTHUR KIPPS
Malcolm trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art.
He is delighted to be returning to the role of Arthur Kipps in THE WOMAN IN BLACK, having played it for PW Productions on the UK tour and subsequently at the Fortune Theatre, West End.
Theatre includes: Rene Azaire and Captain Gray in BIRDSONG for Original Theatre Company and Birdsong Productions (UK tour); Martin Dysart in EQUUS for London Classic Theatre (UK and Ireland tour); John in THE POTTING SHED at the Finborough Theatre, London; Rev Chasuble in THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, Ambrose in PRIVATE FEARS IN PUBLIC PLACES and Guy in MY NIGHT WITH REG at the Library Theatre, Manchester; Alan Bennett in THE LADY IN THE VAN at Salisbury Playhouse; Architectural Guide and Butler in THE PORTRAIT OF A LADY and Porter in A DOLL’S HOUSE for Theatre Royal, Bath and tour, directed by Peter Hall; Marcus in AN ELIGIBLE MAN at the New End Theatre, Hampstead; George in OF MICE AND MEN at Theatre By The Lake, Keswick; Charles in STILL LIFE at Theatre Royal, Plymouth; Praed in MRS. WARREN’S PROFESSION at Bristol Old Vic; Alan Bennett in THE LADY IN THE VAN, Boatswain in THE TEMPEST and Drosselmeir in THE NUTCRACKER at West Yorkshire
Playhouse; Anderson in KES, Tybalt in ROMEO AND JULIET, Doreen in HAM, Ratty in TOAD OF TOAD HALL, Ezra in SECOND FROM LAST IN THE SACK RACE and Neville in NEVILLE’S ISLAND at the New Vic, Stoke; Horatio in ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD and Notario in VOLPONE at the National Theatre; Oswald in KING LEAR at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield; Old King Cole in OLD KING COLE at the Cochrane Theatre, London; King Cuthbert in SLEEPING BEAUTY at the Royal Theatre, Northampton; Madame Danzard in MY SISTER IN THIS HOUSE at Clwyd Theatr Cymru; Thomas in Steven Berkoff’s MESSIAH for East Productions; Father Rapaccio in STIGMATA and Matt in EASY ACCESS at the Drill Hall, London; Lovborg in HEDDA GABLER and Iachimo in CYMBELINE for Compass Theatre; Touchwood in A CHASTE MAID IN CHEAPSIDE at the Old Red Lion, London; Octavius Caesar in ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA and Simonides in THE OLD LAW at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith; Agis in THE TRIUMPH OF LOVE at the Gate Theatre, Notting Hill; Slender in THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, Conrade in MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING and Philostrate in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.
TV credits include: GUILTOLOGY (CNN); CORONATION ST and UNDERCOVER CUSTOMS ( ITV Granada); HEARTBEAT ( ITV Yorkshire); CROSSROADS (Carlton Television); BROOKSIDE ( Mersey Television); THE BILL (Thames Television); TALES FROM THE TOWER (Ardent Television). Radio includes playing Dorian Gray in Will Self’s LETTERS TO AN ICON, THE HISTORY MAN and several Afternoon Dramas, all for BBC Radio Four.
MARK HAWKINS - THE ACTOR
Mark trained at The Central School of Speech and Drama.
Theatre credits include: The Olivier Award winning production of THE RAILWAY CHILDREN (The King's Cross Theatre, London); A MIDSUMMERS NIGHTS DREAM (Middle Temple Hall) RICHARD III (The Actors Church) THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS (Arts Assembly) JULIUS CAESAR (The Globe) DR JEKYL AND MR HYDE (International Tour); THE WITCH OF EDMONTON (The Courtyard theatre) WHOSE BLOOD (The Old Operating Theatre); PILLS, THRILLS AND AUTOMOBILES, TOO MUCH PUNCH FOR JUDY AND VICIOUS CIRCLE (UK Tour), MUTED ( The Bunker Theatre, London).
Film credits include: THE ASH CAN, ANAMNESIS, George Eliot’s SILAS MARNER, SPOONS and AMNESIA a short film.
JOHN PAYTON - DIRECTOR & COMPOSER
John trained as a director at the Court Theatre Company, London after reading Theatre at Lancaster University. He has directed for a wide variety of companies and theatres.
Plays include: Stephen King’s MISERY (First Group Theatre), WHEN HARRY MET SALLY (First Group Theatre), THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE ABRIDGED (Madinat Theatre/UAE Tour), TEECHERS (Epsom Playhouse & Madinat Theatre), STONES IN HIS POCKETS (Centerpoint Theatre & First Group Theatre), EDUCATING RITA (Madinat Theatre), 1984 (DS Productions), BETRAYAL (SFE Theatre Co.), THE CHERRY ORCHARD (Seevic Theatre), LOOK BACK IN ANGER (Madinat Theatre), BOUNCERS(Nuffield Theatre), STAGS AND HENS (US Tour), BLOOD BROTHERS (Hampton Hill Playhouse).
Musicals & Pantomimes include: ALADDIN (Venue Cymru, QDOS), THE WIZARD OF OZ (Madinat Theatre), JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT (Madinat Theatre). Lionel Bart’s OLIVER! (First Group Theatre), JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (City Hall Theatre, Bermuda), DISNEY’S BEAUTY & THE BEAST (Beck Theatre/HQ Theatres), DISNEY‘S CAMP ROCK (First Group Theatre), The award winning production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC (First Group Theatre/Madinat Theatre/BIECC, Bahrain/QNCC Doha), BLOOD BROTHERS (First Group Theatre), FAME (Middle East Premiere), FOOTLOSE (HQ Theatres), ANNIE’ (First Group Theatre), THE WIZARD OF OZ - RSC (HQ Theatres), SUMMER HOLIDAY (Beck Theatre), DISNEY HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 1 & 2 (Centrepoint Theatre, Middle East Premieres), Stephen Schwartz’s new musical CAPTAIN LOUIE (Questors Theatre), the new musical BLUES BROTHERS UNLMITED (Centrepoint Theatre), FAME (Beck Theatre/Roda MacGaw Theatre/Questors Theatre/Leatherhead Theatre), Neil Simon’s THEY’RE PLAYING OUR SONG (Middle East Premiere), WEST SIDE STORY (Livenation/Beck Theatre & WatfordTheatre), JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (Nuffield Theatre/Beck Theatre), JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOUR DREAMCOAT (Watford Theatre), ANYTHING GOES (Thorndike Theatre), THE BAKERS WIFE (Barn Theatre, Hampton Court), BUGSY MALONE (Beck Theatre/Richmond Theatre/Maidenhead Theatre), NINE (Questor’s Theatre), THE FULL MONTY (Beck Theatre), JEKYLL & HYDE (Questors Theatre).
His work as a composer and sound designer for theatre includes amongst others, productions of Stephen King’s MISERY, Marie Jone’s STONES IN HIS POCKETS and WHEN HARRY MET SALLY.
John is co-producer for Popular Productions Ltd and co-founder of West End Stage Experience.
CLEO PETTITT - SET DESIGN
Trained: B.A. (hons) Theatre Design & M.A. Scenography, U.C.E. Birmingham; Linbury Prize for Stage Design finalist, 1997. Design includes: MISSING PERSONS (Trafalgar Studios), ART (Theatre Royal, Bury St. Edmunds), LADIES CAGE (Royal Exchange Studio, Manchester), CINDERELLA (Watford Palace), MACBETH, ROBIN HOOD, THE SNOW QUEEN (Creation, Oxford), AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY DAYS (Liverpool Playhouse and Tour), FACADE (Birmingham Symphony Hall), THE CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE, CYCLOPS (The Scoop, South Bank),COMPANY, THE WIZARD OF OZ & TOAD OF TOAD HALL (Palace Theatre, Westcliff), QUEST FOR THE GREEN KNIGHT (Circus Tent, Clapham Common), SWOLLEN TONGUES (National Tour),TRUST BYRON (Gate Theatre
and Tour), AMADEUS (Swan Theatre, Stratford), JOYISMS (Looking Glass Theatre, Off-Broadway), HEDDA GABLER (RSC Fringe).
Opera includes: THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO (Lyric, Hammersmith), 'COSI FAN TUTTE & TOSCA (Christs Hospital, Horsham), SIMON BOCCANEGRA & THE MERRY WIDOW (Bloomsbury Theatre).
Dubai work includes: DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER, DIAL M FOR MURDER and CALIFORNIA SUITE (Madinat Theatre), and more recently with Popular Productions, ANNIE, HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 1 & 2, BLOOD BROTHERS, FAME and THE SOUND OF MUSIC.
Cleo designs shows regularly in Bermuda, including: JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, OLIVER!, INTO THE WOODS, BEAUTY & THE BEAST and THE FULL MONTY. She also has 17 productions as Resident Designer for an Alaskan Theatre Company based in Anchorage and designed the first two seasons for the Montgomery Theatre, Prince
Edward Island, Canada.
PAUL GOULD - LIGHTING DESIGN
Paul Gould is a Lighting Designer & Programmer with a wealth of experience in many different lighting applications for Theatrical Productions, Corporate events, Architectural and Concert. He has extensive experience in touring both in the UK and Internationally.
Recent design credits include: MAN IN THE MIRROR (International tour), SPIRIT OF BROADWAY, (China) and Debbie Reynold’s ALIVE AND FABULOUS (West End, Apollo Theatre)
For Popular Productions designs include: Stephen King’s MISERY, DISNEY’S CAMP ROCK, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, FAME THE MUSICAL, WHEN HARRY MET SALLY, BLOOD BROTHERS, DISNEY HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 1 & 2, BLUES BROTHERS UNLIMITED, STONES IN HIS POCKETS, ANNIE and THE COMPLETE WORKS OF SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED).
Other credits include numerous corporate conference and awards dinners and parties, London (including acts such as GIRLS ALOUD & CATHERINE JENKINS), relights of SPIRIT OF THE DANCE (KODAK theatre, Hollywood and San Francisco) and LE GRANDE CIRQUE (UK tour).
SUSAN HILL - AUTHOR
Susan Hill was born in Scarborough and educated at grammar schools there and in Coventry and took her English degree at King`s College, London.
Her best known books, apart from THE WOMAN IN BLACK, are the novels I’M THE KING OF THE CASTLE, STRANGE MEETING and IN THE SPRINGTIME OF THE YEAR. Her books have won the Whitbread Fiction Award, the Somerset Maugham Award and the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and been shortlisted for The Booker
She has also written non-fiction and children`s books and been a regular reviewer of books for numerous national newspapers and journals and broadcast regularly.
Her most recent books are a trilogy of crime novels featuring Detective Chief Inspector Simon Serrailler, THE VARIOUS HAUNTED MEN,THE PURE IN HEART and THE RISK OF DARKNESS. The series has been bought for television adaptation. Her biggest hit, THE WOMAN IN BLACK was recently the subject of a smash hit movie adaption starring Daniel Radcliffe.
Susan Hill lives in a farmhouse in rural Gloucestershire from where she runs her own small publishing company, Long Barn Books. She is married to the Shakespeare Scholar Professor Stanley Wells and has two adult daughters.
STEPHEN MALLATRATT - PLAYWRIGHT
Stephen Mallatratt’s adaptation of THE WOMAN IN BLACK has become one of the most successful plays ever and continues to run in London’s West End after 27 years.
As an actor at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, he took leading roles in the premieres of Alan Ayckbourn productions such as ABSENT FRIENDS, THE BREADWINNERS, CONFUSIONS and BEDROOM FARCE, as well as performances in plays by other writers.
Ayckbourn also gave him the chance to develop his own writing talents, and directed Mallatratt's plays AN ENGLISHMAN’S HOME, THE CHIMES and MOTHER COUNTRY at the Library Theatre, Scarborough.
Mallatratt appeared on television as the vet John Stokes in EMMERDALE and twice in CORONATION STREET in various roles. Through his assocation in Scarborough with Mervyn Watson, who became the producer of CORONATION STREET, Mallatratt joined the serial's scriptwriting team and was responsible for 115
scripts, admired for his ability to write believable stories for well-developed characters.
Mallatratt found his greatest success on screen with two scripts for Granada Television dramas. He wrote the remake of THE FORSTYE SAGA, a sumptuous production of John Galsworthy's novels, which had once been a worldwide best-seller for the BBC. Mallatratt also scripted ISLAND AT WAR, one of the few dramatisations of the Channel Islands' experience of Nazi occupation during the Second World War.
Stephen Mallatratt sadly died in 2004.
POPULAR PRODUCTIONS LTD - PRODUCER
Popular Productions is an international producer of quality theatre and entertainment with over thirty major productions to its name. Based in London and Dubai its producers are John Payton & Lucy Magee.
The Timeout Dubai Nightlife Award winning production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC (Madinat Theatre, Dubai / BIECC, Bahrain / QNCC, Doha); OLIVER! (First Group Theatre); THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR SHOW (Centrepoint Theatre); MISERY starring UK TV and West End’s Darren Day and Yvonne O’Grady (First Group Theatre), DISNEY'S CAMP ROCK (First Group Theatre), WHEN HARRY MET SALLY (First Group Theatre) FAME (First Group Theatre), BLOOD BROTHERS (First Group Theatre), THE COMPLETE WORK OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE ABRIDGED (First Group Theatre/Centrepoint Theatre), STONES IN HIS POCKETS (First Group Theatre & Centrepoint Theatre, DUCTAC), DISNEY HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2 (Centrepoint Theatre, DUCTAC), ANNIE (Madinat Theatre), DISNEY HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL (Centrepoint Theatre, DUCTAC), BLUES BROTHERS UNLIMITED (Centrepoint Theatre, DUCTAC), John Godber's comedy TEECHERS (Madinat Theatre), Neil Simon's comedy musical THEY’RE PLAYING OUR SONG (Madinat Theatre), Willy Russell's EDUCATING RITA (Madinat Theatre), The hit London revival of the West End comedy musical I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE (West End and Dubai), John Osborne's classic play LOOK BACK IN ANGER (Madinat Theatre) and the critically acclaimed production of Stephen King's thriller MISERY which starred Susan Penhaligon and Michael Praed (Kings Head Theatre, London).
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