The Woman in Black

The Original

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Robin Herford | Director

Robin read Philosophy and English at St Andrews University and trained as an actor at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

Much of his early career was involved with Alan Ayckbourn and the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough. Joining the company in 1976 as an actor, he was appointed Associate Director in 1979, and Artistic Director from 1986 to 1988. Robin has appeared in the original production of more Ayckbourn plays than any other actor, from Ten Times Table in 1977 to Henceforward… in 1987, and including the monster 16-play, two-hander Intimate Exchanges. He came to London with Season’s Greetings and Suburban Strains (Roundhouse), Intimate Exchanges (Greenwich and Ambassadors) and Henceforward… (Vaudeville).

While Artistic Director at Scarborough, he commissioned and directed Stephen Mallatratt’s phenomenally successful adaptation of The Woman in Black, which has been running here in the West End for seventeen years, and has completed nine national tours. In 1993, Robin travelled to Tokyo to direct the Japanese language premiere and in 1995, to Connecticut to direct the American premiere.

Other London productions include The Glory of the Garden, (Duke of York’s), Rough Justice (Apollo), Joking Apart and The Importance of Being Earnest (Greenwich) .

Other directorial credits include Serjeant Musgrave’s Dance, All My Sons, Twelfth Night, The Importance of Being Earnest, Clouds, Butley, She Stoops to Conquer, The Beaux’ Stratagem, Blithe Spirit, Calling, Spokesong, Getting On, Tapster, Just Between Ourselves, Forty Years On, A Going Concern and What Every Woman Knows (Scarborough), Hard Times (Croydon Warehouse), Ten Times Table, Sisterly Feelings, Woman in Mind, The Constant Wife (Theatre Royal Windsor), Man of the Moment (Chester), Absent Friends and Same Time Next Year (world tours), Bedroom Farce (Lyceum Edinburgh), A Going Concern (Nuffield Southampton), Time of My Life, Taking Steps, Perfect Days (Derby Playhouse), Woman in Mind, April in Paris, Talking Heads, Blithe Spirit, Just Between Ourselves (Northcott Exeter), Time and Time Again (Salisbury) and The Rivals (Vienna). National tours include Relatively Speaking, Confusions, Time and Time Again, Corpse and Arsenic and Old Lace and his most recent productions were Just Between Ourselves at Sonning, Hay Fever at Basingstoke, Home, Driving Miss Daisy, The Turn of the Screw and Proof all at Oldham Coliseum.

As an actor, Robin’s radio credits are numerous, and his TV credits include Bedroom Farce, Rain Man and the Secret of Sherlock Holmes. He featured in the film Up on the Roof, and last year toured to Singapore and India , playing the lead role of Arthur Kipps in his own production of The Woman in Black. This May Robin returns to the Southern hemisphere to direct this play in Sydney for a major Australian tour.