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by Alison Brinkworth (subscribe)
Freelance journalist in Birmingham with a passion for the dynamic theatre, art, food and fashion scene in Britain's 'Second City'.
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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.

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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?

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The Woman In Black only features two actors and a ghost


It's hard to believe there are just two actors in the show (plus a ghost) taking on all the parts and their abilities shine as this is no easy feat.

Both the actors are easily watchable in whatever form they take on, which is many throughout the two hour show.

Although the play may seem slow to get going, it is only following the formula of a good ghost story - to make you so complacent that the shocks have an even bigger effect.

Despite a bare stage with only a few props, there is an excellent use of lighting, sound and shadow that draw the audience into the murky tale.

The old house amid the fog is cleverly projected on stage and cunningly, most of the terror comes from what you can't see.

There's chilling suspense that grips and sends the heart racing just that little bit faster, but be warned, you may also be looking over your shoulder on a dark night for a while.

Rating: 8/10

The Woman In Black
Fortune Theatre
Russell Street,
London
WC2B 5HH
Nearest Tube: Covent Garden
Tel: 0844 871 7626

Tickets cost from 19.50 - 60 from The Woman In Black website.

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

Tickets cost from 19.50 - 60 from The Woman In Black website.

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Why? Send chills down your spine with ghostly tale
When: Based at Fortune Theatre for foreseeable future
Phone: 0844 871 7626
Where: Fortune Theatre
Cost: 19.50 - 60
Your Comment
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.
by voyag (score: 1|34) 1164 days ago
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