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The Woman in Black comes to the stage in Takapuna

Twenty five years after opening on the West End in London in 1989, The Woman in Black is still pulling audiences.
Originally a 1983 book by Susan Hill, an inspired adaptation of this ghost story, by Stephen Mallatratt,brought his name to the West End with a production that outlived both him and every other show in London, apart from The Mousetrap. Mallatratt turned the simple story into an atmospheric chiller. It has been translated into a dozen languages and produced in 40 countries and was made into a film in 2012, starring Daniel Radcliffe.
North Shore theatre veteran John Antony is currently directing this classic thriller The Woman in Black, which will be on stage at the PumpHouse Theatre in Takapuna next month. The Milford resident has been involved in theatre for over fifty years was a awarded a QSM in the 2011 Queens Birthday Honours for his services to Musical Theatre.  John has performed in and directed many shows at the delightful PumpHouse Theatre on the shores of Lake Pupuke, including the first musical concert staged there back in 1977. A wonderful community venue that continues to serve its citizens well, John and three like-minded theatre enthusiasts formed Tadpole Productions in 2012 to bring classic plays to the shore, utilising the special PumpHouse venue. Their most recent successful play was the award winning “Driving Miss Daisy” in May this year, with the iconic George Henare and Annie Whittle in the leads.
The Woman in Black is a play within a play, with the lead character (a junior solicitor with a tragic past) played as a double act – by himself and by The Actor he hires to help him bring his personal manuscript to life, in an effort to free himself from his demons. In rehearsals, his story is revealed, as the pair play all the roles – except of course for the elusive Woman in Black…..  Phil Peleton – last seen as the son in the acclaimed Driving Miss Daisy for Tadpole Productions earlier this year – plays the nervous Arthur Kipps and Zane Fleming – straight from his recent success in The Lord of the Flies – takes on the role of The Actor.
With a strictly limited season at The PumpHouse Theatre in Takapuna from October 16th to 26th book early! Phone (09) 489-8360 or book online at

by Channel Editorial