by Stephen Mallatratt and Susan Hill
14 Jan – 2 March 2013

Susan Hill


Susan Hill was educated at grammar schools in Scarborough and Coventry and studied at King’s College, London, of which she is an Honorary Fellow. Her works include I’m the King of the Castle (Somerset Maugham Prize), Strange Meeting, The Bird of Night (Whitbread Award), The Albatross (John Llewellyn Rhys Prize), In the Springtime of the Year, the ghost stories The Woman in Black, The Mist in the Mirror, The Small Hand, and Dolly. She has written seven books to date in her DCS Simon Serrailler crime series. She has also written for children, and two autobiographical books, The Magic Apple Tree, Family and Howards End is on the Landing: A Year of Reading from Home. She has written three collections of short stories, most recently The Boy who Taught the Beekeeper to Read.

She is married to the distinguished Shakespeare scholar Professor Stanley Wells and has two daughters. Susan Hill was awarded a CBE for Services to Literature in the Queen’s Jubilee Honours, 2012.

See Susan Hill’s author website

Stephen Mallatratt


Stephen Mallatratt wrote his early plays while working as an actor in Alan Ayckbourn’s Scarborough company. Several of these were produced and directed by Ayckbourn at Scarborough, and commissions from other theatres followed. Comic Cuts was written for the Contact Theatre in Manchester, won the Thames TV Theatre Writers Award, was produced in many British theatres, and culminated ten years later in the West End retitled as The Glory of the Garden. In addition to original plays, he wrote adaptations of books for both TV and theatre including Henry James The Turn of the Screw and Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca.

His television work includes The Innocent, Coronation Street, The Forsyte Saga and Island at War for Granada TV.

The Woman in Black is now in its 23rd year at the Fortune Theatre in the West End. It has been translated into at least 12 languages and performed, at last count, in 41 countries.