The Woman in Black

The Woman in Black

by Stephen Mallatratt, based on the novel by Susan Hill

October 1–18, 2009

The only bad news: you'll have to pay for the whole seat, even though you'll rarely use more than the edge. - CurtainUp
The Woman in Black

A spellbinding ghost story. Desperate to exorcise the ghosts of his past, a Victorian lawyer recounts his chilling experiences. As a young man he is sent to the mysterious Eel Marsh House to wind up a deceased estate and suddenly finds himself trapped in the horrors that lie behind its shuttered windows. Populated by eerie marshes, sudden fogs and ghostly sounds, his frightful story paints the picture of a man trying to escape the tragedies of his life.

One of the most gripping and successful theatre productions ever staged – running in London’s West End since 1989!

by Stephen Mallatratt, Book by Susan Hill

Starring: Mark Jenkins, John Wright, Melissa Macpherson 
Director: Marianne Copithorne
 Set Designer: Paul Bezaire
Lighting Designer: Cory Sincennes 
Sound Designer: Dave Clarke 
Costume Designer: Sheena Haug 
Stage Manager: Tracey Byrne

READ: Interview with Marianne Copithorne

READ: Director’s Note

WATCH: Trailer for The Woman in Black


October 1–18, 2009

Opening October 1




Mark most recently was seen performing in COMEDY OF ERRORS and TITUS ANDRONICUS with Free Will Players. Prior to that he starred in BUDDY, here at Theatre Network, and before that in ONE at Workshop West’s Canoe Festival. His animation was also seen in Azimuth Theatre’s SUKAT. Other credits include A LIFE IN THE DAY …



A 35 year Veteran of the Canadian Stage, John has appeared across the country from Halifax’s Neptune Theatre to the Vancouver Playhouse. 2006-2009 theatrical engagements include TITUS ANDRONICUS and A COMEDY OF ERRORS for the FreeWill Shakespeare Festival,  PALACE OF THE END for Theatre Network, FIRE for CanStage and The Citadel,  YHE MIGHTY CARLINS for …



Melissa is just tickled to be back onstage here with the gang at the Mayfield. Some other past Mayfield shows include All Shook Up, Little Shop of Horrors, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and The Golden Age of Rock, Pop and Doo-Wop. Look for her this spring in The Invisibles: Agents of Ungentlemanly Warfare for Catalyst Theatre.



Marianne is delighted to be able to return to Theatre Network and collaborate with this fabulous team of creative artists on Hannah Moscovitch’s WHAT A YOUNG WIFE OUGHT TO KNOW. Previous directing credits with Theatre Network include COMMUNION by Daniel MacIvor, CHOKE by Cathleen Rootsaert, THE WOMAN IN BLACK by Stephen Mallatratt, and PERFECT PIE, …



After 8 happy seasons as the Technical Director for Theatre Network at the (pre-fire) Roxy theatre Paul felt a need to do some touring and so, when the opportunity to Stage Manage for The Old Trout Puppet Workshop’s arose Paul jumped at it. Having now toured 2 shows across Canada, the US and throughout 5 …



Cory is an award winning designer, currently residing in Charlottetown, PEI. His set, costume and lighting designs have received both national and international recognition. His work has been seen throughout Canada, as well as throughout Europe and Russia. Cory earned a degree in Architectural Studies from Carleton University before studying design at Ryerson Theatre School in Toronto. …



Dave is a musician, actor and writer.  He has composed music and produced sound designs for theatre, film, dance and multi-media for three decades. Recent designs include MOVING ALONG (Theatre Network), 6.0 HEAP & PEBBLE (Northern Light Theatre) and EVIE’S WALTZ (Shadow Theatre). Other projects include THE MISSIONARY POSITION (University of Alberta),  a soundtrack for the feature film THE PHARMACIST and a family musical about a profoundly deaf mother with a hearing son based on his own experience entitled SONGS MY MOTHER NEVER SUNG ME. Dave is the co-writer and composer for the animated cartoons at He is also the sound guy for CBC Radio’s THE IRRELEVANT SHOW. Dave has won several awards for his work, including Sterling Awards for Outstanding Score (DOG, Surreal SoReal Theatre), Musical Direction (ILSA, QUEEN OF THE NAZI LOVE CAMP) and Sound (SHAKESPEARE’S WILL, VIMY, THE ECSTATICS).



Sheena is a freelance artist who loves to play dress up. Recent designs include: Co-Production Design for BEOWULF THE KING (with Daniela Maselis, Workshop West), Costumes for BOEING BOEING (Mayfield Dinner Theatre) and TOAD OF TOAD HALL (Red Deer College). Sheena is the Costume Associate for FRANKENSTEIN, NEVERMORE and HUNCHBACK (Catalyst Theatre). She has also acted as Wardrobe Assistant for the Freewill Shakespeare Festival (2007-2011). Other credits include head scenic painter for SEEDSAVERS (Workshop West) and production design for FAITH HEALER (Onion Theatre). Sheena holds a BFA in Theatre Design (U of A, 2008) and certificates for Costume Cutting and Construction (RDC, 2003, 2004).



Recent Stage Management credits include; THE GRAVITATIONAL PULL OF BERNICE TRIMBLE for Theatre Network, THE TAMING OF THE SHREW for the Freewill Shakespeare Festival and Assistant Stage Manager for ROMEO AND JULIET for the Citadel Theatre. Special thanks to Bradley Moss and everyone at Theatre Network for their guidance and support! It has been a blast working with such a wonderful and talented ensemble! Tracey sends her love to John, Liam, Grace and Emma.