During this time of year, London certainly has a Gothic flavour to it; it is reminiscent of the London we are told about in Stevenson's Jekyll and Hyde. The streets are damp and foggy, people bustle about minding their own business and dark nights come quicker. What better time to go and watch Susan Hill's The Woman in Black?
The Woman in Black follows the story of Arthur Kipps, a solicitor who is ordered by his boss to visit Crythin Gifford to attend the funeral of a late client. I'm telling you now, shizz goes down in Crythin Gifford. Arthur was warned to leave but could not help himself. Written in the style of a classic Gothic tale, the narrative is jam-packed with haunting moments that you're bound to remember. Especially in the form of a play.
To add to the chilling atmosphere, the play is being performed at the Fortune Theatre. This theatre is particularly well suited for the play, as it consists of just 432 seats; the horrors of the performance become inescapable and every single sound is amplified. The only disadvantage of watching at the Fortune Theatre is that there isn't much leg room. However, it's still worth coping with!
I will admit, I have seen this play twice now because I enjoyed it so much that I went back for a second helping. The jump scares were still as unpredictable as the first time and the actors were brilliant. There are only two actors that perform throughout the play, which is quite remarkable considering the several different characters.
This adaptation from Stephen Mallatratt is on par with HBO's version of Game of Thrones (yes, it's that good). In terms of staging and casting, they have done a spectacular job. What I enjoyed most about this version was the tasteful amount of comedy and wit, to make the frightening moments even more scary and unexpected. Another captivating aspect of this adaptation was how the actors made use of very few props. It was refreshing to watch how creative they were with sound, lighting and objects.
Though The Woman in Black is often labelled as a horror, this theatre adaptation was very playful and more of a thriller, so would be suitable for teens. I thoroughly recommend booking a performance if you want to be spooked to the core.