The Woman in Black 

While the Man in Black might steal your heart or pilfer your pill cabinet, he's got nothing on The Woman in Black. The antagonist of Susan Hill's 1983 novel of the same name, she is a ghost who haunts a small English coastal town. When a young lawyer named Arthur Kipps comes to town to rifle through a recently deceased widow's papers, he starts hearing goose-bump-inducing noises and begins to uncover strange facts about the woman. According to local lore, catching a glimpse of the Woman in Black means a kid will soon die.

Hill's novel was eventually adapted into a play by Stephen Mallatratt and has been running at the Fortune Theatre in Covent Garden in London since 1989. The story has proven wildly popular in the United Kingdom, where it has also undergone radio and television adaptations. Daniel Radcliffe of Harry Potter fame, is slated to star as Arthur Kipps in a new film production of the Woman in Black that begins shooting this year.

Beginning on Friday, Sept. 3, Idaho Shakespeare Festival will stage its own production, bringing a ghostly vibe to the rapidly chilling fall air at the wooded ISF grounds. The Woman in Black will wrap up ISF's 2010 season, with continued performances through Sunday, Sept. 26.

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