Woman In Black Interview

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Interview with Richard Hope and Mark Hawkins – The Woman In Black’s Newest Cast Members

As the West End’s scariest play The Woman In Black embarks on its 30th Year, I met with Richard and Mark, its newest cast members. We talk about what scares them, what would be their luxury item on a desert island and to when would they go back in time – if they could? Check out the interview above.


Richard Hope August 2017

Richard Hope’s theatre credits include: “Queen Anne”; “The Park”; “The History Boys”; “Orlando”; “King Lear”; “Much Ado About Nothing”; “Don Juan”; “Hamlet” and “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” among others. Richard’s television credits include: “Poldark”, “Broadchurch”, “Midsomer Murders”; “Doctor Who”; “Poirot”; “Brideshead Revisited”; “Foyles War” and “Tipping the Velvet”. He has recently helped to research and develop new work for the National Theatre Studio, RSC, Globe Theatre and Old Vic Theatre.

Mark Hawkins trained at The Central School of Speech and Drama. His theatre credits include: “The Railway Children”; “Muted”; “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”; “Richard III”; “The Night Before Christmas”; “The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde”; “Julius Caesar” and “Pills Thrills and Automobiles”, and also “The Woman in Black” on tour. His short film credits include: “Day 703”;, “Amnesiac”; “Spoons”; “Anamnesis”; “George Eliot’s Silas Marner” and “The Ash Can”.

Possible Interview Questions

Tell me and my audience a brief idea of your journey so far?

Was there a pivotal moment when you decided this is what you wanted to do?

 The Woman In Black scares me – What are you scared of?

The play had been in the West End for a long time – why should people come and see it or revisit it now?

What’s the best thing you’ve seen recently?

What role do you aspire to in years to come?/ What role do you covet most?

Best role you’ve played to date?

 Who would you most like to work with and haven’t as yet had the chance to do so?

You are on a desert island – what would be your luxury item you must have with you?

A few fun questions I always ask?

If you could go back in time to any period in history when would you go back to and why?

 What super power would you choose to have if you could?


And finally


If you could invite 3 dinner guests dead or alive who would you invite and what would your theme be?

What’s it about?

In June this year THE WOMAN IN BLACK will enter its 30th year in London’s West End. Stephen Mallatratt’s adaptation of Susan Hill’s best-selling novel tells the story of a lawyer obsessed with a curse that he believes has been cast over his family by the spectre of a ‘Woman in Black’. He engages a young actor to help him tell his story and exorcise the fear that grips his soul. It begins innocently enough, but as they delve further into his darkest memories, they find themselves caught up in a world of eerie marshes and moaning winds. The borders between make-believe and reality begin to blur and the flesh begins creep.

Photo by Tristram Kenton

THE WOMAN IN BLACK is directed by Robin Herford, with designs by Michael Holt, lighting by Kevin Sleep and sound by Gareth Owen.



Russell Street, London, WC2B 5HH

Performance Times:

Tuesday to Saturday at 8.00pm; Tuesday and Thursday at 3.00pm and Saturday at 4.00pm


Prices are from £21.50 to £52.00 (Premium Seats are also available)

Box Office:            0844 871 7626*

Currently booking until 26 January 2019



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