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There's a new ghost in town.

Everyone knows the Fulton Theatre is haunted. In fact, some say it’s the most haunted site in Lancaster County. But come this fall a new ghost will take up residence. She is the Woman in Black and she has been terrifying audiences for a quarter of a century. Critics in London hail this play as “one of the most brilliantly effective spine-chillers you will ever encounter.” —The Daily Telegraph.

It combines one of the greatest ghost stories ever written with the spookiness that only a live theatrical event can create. Set in an old theatre at the turn of the last century, the play is a  perfect match for the Fulton. Featuring two actors, fourteen characters and one ghost, The Woman in Black will have your heartbeat racing and your hair standing on end.

The Woman in Black

By Stephen Mallatratt
Based on the novel by Susan Hill

Senior Tickets: ages 60 and over, Youth Tickets: ages 17 and under and full-time students with valid ID.

Note: this calendar shows only performances of this production. To see the full calendar of Fulton events, click here.

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Actor Warren Kelley headshotWarren Kelley (Man 2) Previously at the Fulton: Title role, The Foreigner. Elsewhere: More than 200 productions in Regional Theatre to date: Atticus Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird; Fagin, Oliver!; Beethoven, 33 Variations; Robert, Boeing Boeing; Fredrik, A Little Night Music; Albany, King Lear; Yvan, Art; David O. Selznick, Moonlight and Magnolias; Milo, Sleuth; Roger De Bris, The Producers; Charles, Blithe Spirit; Gabe, Dinner with Friends; Henry Higgins, My Fair Lady. Television/Film: The Other Guys with Will Ferrell; Birdman with Michael Keaton, Boardwalk Empire; House of Cards; Chappelle’s Show; Law & Order: SVU.

Richardson_JerryJerry Richardson (Man 1) Previously at the Fulton: The Unexpected Guest, Dracula, The Mousetrap, Lightning Rod. He has appeared, among others, at Ensemble Studio Theatre, 59E59, Signature Theatre, The Atlantic, Indiana Repertory Theatre, People’s Light and Theatre, The Shakespeare Theatre, American Shakespeare Center, The Folger, Cape Cod Playhouse, The Edinburgh Fringe, Vermont Shakespeare Company, Roundhouse Theatre and The Olney. TV and film includes The Producers, Law & Order, Guiding Light, Homicide and The Miraculous Year (a pilot for HBO). Hooray for a happy return to the Fulton!

Brian Martin (Man 1 U/S, Man 2 U/S) Over the past decade, Brian has lent his talents to the Fulton in numerous capacities.  On the Main Stage, Brian has appeared in several productions including Into the Woods, West Side Story, Witness for the Prosecution, and in Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap as Mr. Paravicini. Brian has also served as an instructor at the Fulton Academy and was employed as a company member with the Fulton Family Theatre Ensemble. Brian would like to thank the Fulton family and friends, both old and new for all the wonderful moments and opportunities over these many years.

Creative Team

Stephen Mallatratt (Playwright) Writer and actor Stephen Mallatratt wrote more than 100 scripts for Coronation Street and also adapted Susan Hill’s 1983 ghost story The Woman in Black for the West End stage. The production opened in 1987 at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough before transferring to the West End where it is still playing to capacity houses. Mr. Mallatratt also scripted two major dramas for Granada Television, the remake of The Forsyte Saga (2002) and Island at War (2004), the dramatization of the Channel Islands’ experience of Nazi occupation during World War II. As an actor he had appeared twice in Coronation Street, as Peter Hockley (1979) and Jeff Moffatt (1982). Born in London on June 15, 1947, Mallatratt began acting with amateur companies as a boy. On leaving school he became a builder and eventually trained for the theatre at Central School of Speech and Drama. In the seventies he joined the company at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough, playing a variety of roles in plays such as Absent Friends, Bedroom Farce and The Breadwinners. Encouraged by Alan Ayckbourn he wrote several plays which were produced at the Library Theatre in Scarborough including An Englishman’s Home (1975), The Chimes (1975) and Mother Country (1976). Mr. Mallatratt died of Leukemia at age 57 on November 22, 2004.

Susan Hill (Author) was born in Scarborough and educated at grammar schools there and in Coventry and earned 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 short listed for The Booker Prize. 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 of Men, The Pure in Heart, and The Risk of Darkness. The series has been bought for a television adaptation. 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.

Marc Robin (Director / Fulton Artistic Director) Fulton credits include the Direction and Choreography for over 30 productions including Les MisérablesDreamgirls, Carousel, Crazy for You, 42nd Street, Rags, Miss Saigon, and A Chorus Line. He also helmed the productions of Driving Miss Daisy and August: Osage County. Across the country, he has staged over 300 productions at such theatres as Walnut Street Theatre, Theatre Under the Stars in Houston, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Utah Shakespeare Theatre, Drury Lane Theatre in Chicago, Maine State Music Theatre, and the Marriott Theatre in Chicago where he has been employed in various capacities over the past 29 years. His work has received 3 Barrymore nominations (Philadelphia); A Carbonell nomination for Best Direction for the transfer of the Fulton’s production of The Sound of Music (Florida), a Black Theatre Award for Direction (Chicago), 13 After Dark Awards for Direction and Choreography (Chicago), Lifetime Achievement Award from Light Opera Works (Chicago); 6 Broadway World Nominations (Chicago, Maine, and Pennsylvania), winning the Best Director Award last season for Gypsy; and most recently he received his 54th Joseph Jefferson Nomination (Chicago), making him the most awarded individual and the most nominated in the Jeff Awards 63 year history.

William Mohney (Scenic Designer) is excited to be designing again for the Fulton. This Upstate New York native spent 8 years in NYC working for theatres, both on and off-Broadway, as a technical director for various theatres, including  Manhattan Theatre Club. In 2006, he moved to Lancaster, PA to work for the Fulton Theatre and never looked back. His big design debut was Marc Robin’s A Chorus Line. His design career continues in The Woman in Black. Other credits include Anne of Green Gables, The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley, and Aladdin. He would like to thank Marc Robin for continuing to believe in him and his wife Samaria for her constant Love and support. And a big thank you to the Fulton staff. Try not to be too scared tonight. Keep telling yourself “it’s only a play” and we’ll see you The Night Before Christmas, my next design project for the Fulton.

Bill Simmons (Lighting Designer) Mr. Simmons is pleased to continue his over thirty year association with the Fulton, having been responsible for over 125 designs. Recent shows include Witness for the ProsecutionAugust: Osage County, Michael Archangel and Deathtrap. Bill lights a large variety of projects, both at the Fulton and other places. Past designs credits include  Noises Off, Dial “M” for Murder, The Foreigner, The Unexpected Guest, The Mousetrap, Old Wicked Songs, The Turn of the Screw, Tuesdays with Morrie, Ragtime, A Christmas Carol, Brighton Beach Memoirs, My Way, the World Premiere production of The French Lieutenant’s Woman, The King and I, Amadeus, the Jubilee for Fulton’s 150th Celebration, Rags, The Glass Menagerie, Joyful Noise, Evita, Inherit the Wind, A Man for All Seasons, Spunk, Big River, Fiddler on the Roof, 1940’s Radio Hour, Moon Over Buffalo, Miss Evers’ Boys and Quilters. In New York, Bill’s lighting has been seen Off-Broadway with Arthur and Leila, The Three Sisters, A Doll’s House, Quintuplets, as well as Annie Sprinkle’s One Woman Show. Bill continues to design various lighting projects for Clair Brothers Systems. Recent local projects include several for LCBC – including their campuses at Branch Creek, York, Ephrata, and Liberty Place in downtown Lancaster. He is very proud of his interior and exterior design work for St. James Episcopal Church in Lancaster. Other current  projects include Mission Hills Church outside of Denver, Co  KIX Radio in Nashville, TN. And Moody Arena for SMU in Dallas, TX. Bill also works on a variety of architectural and special event projects. Examples of Bill’s lighting work can be seen at

Beth Dunkelberger (Costume Designer) is a Lancaster native who has been designing for Actors Company/Fulton Theatre since 1975. Her stage credits also include designs for area theatres such as Theatre of the Seventh Sister, Ephrata Performing Arts Center, Lancaster Opera Company, Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre and recently for Gretna Theatre as part of the Looking 4 Costumes design team.

Anthony Lascoskie, Jr. (Hair and Makeup Designer) 15 seasons have flown by.  Favorite moments include designing his first play August: Osage County and his first musical Singing in the Rain for the main stage.  Favorite hair adventures include Dreamgirls, Sunset Boulevard and all those darn Barristers in Witness for the Prosecution. Anthony is ready to dive into this high-flying, hair-raising season!

Jacob Mishler (Sound Designer) has been involved in live production audio since 1996, moving into theatre sound around 2004. His work has been heard in many different parts of the country. Favorite past sound designs include: Chicago, The Full Monty, Cabaret, Rent, and Gypsy. Jacob is excited and grateful to be part of this incredible team. As always, much love to Julie.

Katelin Walsko (Props Designer/Manager) celebrates her 4th season with the Fulton! Some of her favorite credits include The 39 Steps, Sweeney Todd, Hairspray, Gaslight, and Joseph…Dreamcoat. A Pennsylvania native, Katelin grew up in the Pocono Mountains, attended the 2003 Governors School for the Arts, graduated with a BFA at UArts, and held an apprenticeship  with Walnut Street Theatre before moving to Lancaster. Thanks and love to the Fulton Family!

Timothy Markus (Production Stage Manager) Tim is thrilled to be working on this spooky play as he’s a huge horror movie fan. Favorite Fulton credits include Miss Saigon, August: Osage County and The Sound of Music. Other credits include the national tour of Mary Poppins; The Public’s Shakespeare in the Park productions of Love Labor’s Lost and Into the Woods; The Guthrie Theater’s PBS special of HMS Pinafore. He’s also had the privilege of working for Walnut Street Theatre, Maine State Music Theatre, Surflight Theatre, Rebecca Davis Dance Company, and the international Tour of Porgy and Bess. Always grateful to Aaron and Marc. He hopes you don’t scare easily.

Aaron A. Young (Managing Director) Aaron joined the Fulton team in 2003. After several years in shopping center marketing, Aaron decided to devote his career to furthering the careers of artists in order to break the cycle of belief that the arts are a nice hobby but not a worthwhile profession. For six seasons, he directed the marketing and management of the Sundance Film Festival and Sundance Theatre, both programs of Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute. Aaron has also served as general manager for the Missouri Repertory Theatre and marketing and corporate development manager for Kansas City’s historic Folly Theatre. A magna cum laude graduate of Brigham Young University and formerly a professional actor, singer, and pianist, Aaron now spends his free time enjoying the pursuits of his wife and daughters, serving at church, and occasionally knitting a new pair of socks. He is very pleased that the Fulton is able to provide professional wages and benefits to more than 250 artists and arts administrators every year.

Important Dates:

“Photos from a preview performance of Fulton Theatre’s production of THE WOMAN IN BLACK (October 15-November 3, 2013).”

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The action takes place in a small Victorian theatre.

Act I: 60 minutes
Intermission: 20 minutes
Act II: 45 minutes
Total: 2 hours and 5 minutes

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