The Woman in Black returns to Scarborough, where it first premiered 25 years ago, later this year as part of a major national tour.
The chiller by Scarborough-born novelist Susan Hill will play at the Futurist Theatre from Monday 19 November to Saturday 24 November.
The story about the lawyer haunted by a mysterious figure in an isolated house was first performed at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in 1987 to packed houses and earned rave reviews. It transferred to the West End in 1989 where it has been a major audience puller ever since and has also seen numerous national tours. Its success has subsequently reached a global level,
Now in its 23rd year in the West End, more than seven million people have seen the stage version. It found a new audience earlier this year when it was released as a film starring starring Daniel Radcliffe and become the highest grossing British horror film in 20 years.
“The play has a huge connection with the town,” said Barrie Stead who runs the Futurist. “It is wonderful that it is coming back here and broadens what this theatre can offer audiences,” he said.
It is the latest in a series of top shows the theatre has brought to the town. Calendar Girls played to a sell-out audiences of 6,000 last year and there were packed houses for Dreamboats and Petticoats earlier this year.
An all-star cast is on its way in The Rise and Fall in Little Voice, from Monday September 10 to Saturday September 16, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat arrives for a week from October 2.
Cast for The Woman in Black has not yet been announced.