12 Nov 2021

London Production of “The Woman in Black” Coming to the Strand

Get ready to be frightened.

“The Woman in Black” is coming to the Strand Theater. The smash-hit play that has entertained and terrified more than 8 million audience members in London and around the world will have a limited engagement San Francisco engagement.

Adapted for the stage from Susan Hill’s 1983 gothic horror novel, the play tells the story of a young lawyer who encounters horrific visions in an isolated mansion located in England’s forbidding Northeast Coast. It stars Antony Eden and Robin Herford, who also doubles as the director.

“I’m delighted to open ‘The Woman in Black’ in the San Francisco Bay Area on the heels of the return of the production to New York City,” Herford said. “We are looking forward to spooking the Bay Area this holiday season.”

Herford commissioned Stephen Mallatratt to adapt the novel in 1987 and it was produced as a Christmas show in Scarborough, U.K., before transferring to London’s West End in January 1989, where it has been scaring audiences ever since.

Numerous national and international tours have followed. Its Off-Broadway production opened in New York’s The McKittrick in early 2020 and received the 2020 Off-Broadway Alliance Award for “Outstanding Play Revival” and “Distinguished Performance.” The play returned to The McKittrick for a limited engagement in October.

The Daily Telegraph called the play the “most brilliant spine-chiller you will ever encounter,” and Entertainment Weekly hailed it as an “impressive two-hander. Full of jumps and scares – in the most delightful way!”

“The Woman in Black” will be presented at the Strand Theater from Dec. 15, 2021-Jan. 16, 2022. Tickets are $35-$85 and are available online at act-sf.org/womaninblack, or by calling the A.C.T. Box Office at (415) 749-2228.

The Strand Theater, which is located at 1127 Market St., requires all ticket holders to show proof of full vaccination (except those legally exempted), along with a photo ID.

Photo credit: Tristram Kenton