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Having eagerly anticipated being scared out of my wits by the new film version of 'The Woman in Black' starring none other than Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe, I found myself utterly underwhelmed by the film and rather annoyed. Having been one of those children that was scared by the slightest creak in the smallest house in the world where ghosts would not have room to swing a cat let alone spook someone, I eventually grew a harder shell towards the paranormal side of life and nowadays it takes quite a bit to scare me. However, I can safely say that going to see the stage version of 'The Woman in Black' in Covent Garden scared the bejesus out of me!

Since 1989, over 7 million people, Londoners and tourists alike have flocked to the small and characterful Fortune Theatre to experience the dramatic and eerie story of the woman in black. Adapted by Stephen Mallatratt from the bestselling novel by Susan Hill and tag-lined 'The Terrifying Original', even on paper the play is promising and sets all the right cogs in motion for an entertaining experience.

Running extremely late for the matinee performance due to the wonderful world of the London tubes, my companion and I made it into the small theatre with seconds to spare. The intimate size of the venue makes the play all the more dramatic as the audiences reactions interact together in a fantastic way. As the play started there was a distinct buzz of expectation.

With only two cast members, the need for paramount acting is key. And the actors did not disappoint. For those who are unfamiliar, the story revolves around Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor who is summoned to the dark and dreary Eel Marsh House following the death of its resident Alice Drablow. Upon meeting the rather unwelcoming locals, Arthur soon begins to realise that there is a dark and tragic history to Eel Marsh House and things begin to turn truly terrifying when a ghostly woman in black turns his world upside down.

The Woman in Black has all the right ingredients to make the perfect spooky experience. A gripping storyline that will have you on the edge of your seat, talented actors who know how to keep an audience hooked and some truly terrifying moments that will have you off the edge of your seat and into the air in fright!
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Why? The stage version scared the bejesus out of me!
When: on-going
Phone: 08448717626 (Box Office)
Where: Fortune Theatre, Covent Garden
Cost: From 23
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