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Thrilling Ghost Story to Chill the Heart
The horror film of The Woman in Black starring Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe has brought this chilling tale to new audiences in recent years, but this play, adapted to stage by the talented Stephen Mallatratt from Susan Hill's novella, offers a few more surprises.
A thrilling stage adaptation of The Woman In Black
The storyline in the theatrical version of The Woman In Black stays true to the novel and although probably not as frightening as the movie, it offers an extra twist.
The Woman In Black is based at London's Fortune Theatre near Covent Garden and is also on tour in the summer of 2015 to High Wycombe, Buxton, Wales and Dunfermline.
Starting off very different to the film that is perfect for a theatre setting, we see the hero of the tale, elderly Mr Kipps, approaching an actor in a theatre about how to retell his macabre story to his family.
The pair end up acting out his diary (like a play within a play) on stage, which gradually builds up the tension more and more until a frenzied finale.
We see a tormented Arthur Kipps in his old age and a young actor who becomes Mr Kipps in his youth, who is sent on a mission to a remote town after the death of an elderly woman. He discovers a frightful state of affairs and calamities associated with the woman's life, but are they just myths or should he be fearful?
The Woman In Black only features two actors and a ghost
2015 UK Tour Dates
Wycombe Swan Theatre - 8 Jun 2015 – 13 Jun 2015 ›
Buxton Opera House - 16 Jun 2015 – 20 Jun 2015 ›
Llandudno Venue Cymru - 22 Jun 2015 – 27 Jun 2015 ›
Dunfermline Alhambra Theatre - 29 Jun 2015 – 4 Jul 2015
I just Saw The Woman in Black for the first time on the telly last night. It was really creepy. Although I watched it for Daniel Radcliffe, I wasn't all that interested in his character or performance in the end. What really impressed me was the way it was directed and edited; that's what made the film. I can see how the use of lighting and sound in the play could work very effectively.