The Woman in Black to play Theatre Royal Sydney as part of national tour

THE WOMAN IN BLACK John Waters and Daniel MacPherson photo by James ReiserPW Productions, Woodward Productions and Neil Gooding Productions have announced that a Sydney season has been added to the national tour of The Woman in Black.

Starring two of Australia’s most acclaimed actors, John Waters and Daniel MacPherson, 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 now on sale.

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 for the Melbourne season at the Athenaeum Theatre, now running from to 13 June to 6 July 2024.

Described by the Daily Telegraph (UK) as “The most brilliantly effective spine chiller you will ever encounter” – The Woman in Black 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.

Written in 1983, 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 plays the Empire Theatre, Toowoomba (27 April), Playhouse – QPAC, Brisbane (30 April – 11 May), Dunstan Playhouse – Adelaide Festival Centre (15 – 26 May), His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth (30 May – 9 June), Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne (13 June – 6 July), Canberra Theatre Centre (9 – 14  July), Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, Wollongong (17 – 21 July), Civic Theatre, Newcastle (23 – 27 July) and Theatre Royal Sydney (30 July – 17 August 2024). For more information, visit: for details. View the trailer here!

Image: John Waters and Daniel MacPherson – photo by James Reiser