THANKS to the smash movie with Daniel Radcliffe, the story of The Woman in Black is now well known.
A solicitor is asked to visit a rural English village to sort out the affairs of Alice Drablow, who has recently died. However the locals do not like to talk of her home, Eel Marsh House, which has been the subject of many hauntings over the years.
It is a very strange start to the show, Arthur Kipps hires an actor to help him tell his ghostly tale so that he can exorcise the demons which have plagued his life.
The play’s opening is actually very funny, and the bond between the actor and Arthur Kipps is quite spiky and antagonistic. However he does portray the terror that Kipps has faced in his life.
The whole show is essentially a two-hander and credit to both Julian Forsyth and Anthony Eden, pictured left, for keeping the energy in the performance. But it would not be The Woman in Black without a few scares. Well, I mean quite a lot of scares and there are plenty of them in this production.
I prefer the stage production rather than the movie because the intimate setting creates a much more claustrophobic and tense atmosphere. It is a perfect ghost story.
This is a tale of terror with a few good laughs thrown in and this show will linger long in the memory.
The Woman in Black will be performed until Saturday. Tickets can be booked by calling the box office on 01604 624811 or visit www.royalandderngate.co.uk.