Kentucky Shakespeare presents Ghost Play THE WOMAN IN BLACK

Continuing their tradition of a fall performance for Halloween, Kentucky Shakespeare presents the hit ghost play The Woman in Black at their Old Louisville Headquarters. Stephen Mallatratt’s stage adaptation of Susan Hill’s novel was one of the longest-running stage plays in London’s West End, playing 13,000 performances over 33 years before it closed in March 2023.

The production runs October 4-29 at 616 Myrtle Street inside Kentucky Shakespeare’s headquarters in historic Old Louisville. The production is directed by Kentucky Shakespeare Producing Artistic Director Matt Wallace and stars veteran Kentucky Shakespeare actors Zachary Burrell and Jon Huffman. Jesse AlFord is the Lighting Designer, Karl Anderson is the Scenic Designer, Laura Ellis is the Sound Designer, and Donna Lawrence-Downs is the Costume Designer.

The play follows a lawyer obsessed with a curse that he believes has been cast over him and his family by a specter engages a skeptical young actor to help him tell his terrifying story and exorcise the fear that grips his soul. It all begins innocently enough, but then, as they reach further into his darkest memories, they find themselves caught up in a world of eerie marshes and moaning winds.

Event Details:


By Stephen Mallatratt, based on the novel by Susan Wells

October 4-29, 2023

Preview performance Wednesday, October 4; Press opening October 5; Running Wednesdays through Saturday nights at 7:00PM with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00PM (no matinees the first weekend in October due to the St. James Court Arts Show)

Tickets: $27 (includes all fees)

*During the ticket checkout process, audience members will have the option to make a donation to Kentucky Shakespeare. Donors $20 and above will receive a new, limited edition “502 Kentucky Shakespeare” T-Shirt upon arrival at the performance, with one shirt per each $20 donation/increment.

At Kentucky Shakespeare Headquarters, 616 Myrtle Street, Louisville, KY 40208

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Run-Time: 2 hours minutes with one intermission

If you would like to schedule an interview with Matt Wallace, Producing Artistic Director, or learn more about Kentucky Shakespeare, please contact Kya Rafferty at 574-9900 x11 or


Designated the Official Shakespeare Festival of the Commonwealth by the Kentucky legislature, Kentucky Shakespeare is a professional theatre company and not-for-profit charitable organization.

Mission: Grounded in the works of Shakespeare, we enrich communities through accessible, inclusive, professional theatre experiences that educate, inspire, and entertain diverse audiences.

Vision: To use Shakespeare’s truths and the power of the arts to transform lives. Shakespeare belongs to everyone.