Woman In Black – UK Tour

A truly different theatre experience was all set for the capacity audience on opening night. 1600 people awaited the start of the show, full of nervous anticipation for an exhilarating treat as The Woman In Black comes with quite the frightful reputation.

Those who dared to attend were not only thoroughly rewarded with the thrilling horror story they were looking for, but they also witnessed a masterclass in theatre-craft.

2 actors and a first class stage team masterfully deliver the novel by Susan Hill, adapted by Stephen Mallatratt – and almost 30 years on from it’s first performance at Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough – this show is as strong as ever.

Instantly transported to around 100 years ago, we meet Arthur Kipps first, played by David Acton, keen to tell his story of the horrors he had endured on a trip that he’d never forget and quickly meet The Actor, played by Matthew Spencer, who is going to help him tell it. The Woman In Black has been haunting Arthur for a long time.

A scene from The Woman In Black by Susan Hill @ Fortune Theatre. Directed by Robin Herford (Taken 26-07-16) ©Tristram Kenton 07/16 (3 Raveley Street, LONDON NW5 2HX TEL 0207 267 5550 Mob 07973 617 355)email: tristram@tristramkenton.com

David Acton is excellent throughout the show, managing to draw the audience in to his own character but also quickly adapting to every other character in the show, with a slight change of outfit and demeanor, he becomes somebody else and there is barely a trace of his previous character. He is a delight to watch.

The whole show revolves around Matthew Spence though, playing “The Actor” he becomes Arthur Kipps whilst Kipps plays everyone else. It is a feature that adds to much depth to the production – a show within a show.

You will have to concentrate, but that isn’t too difficult as whilst this haunting tale is told you can hear a pin drop in the auditorium.

The production wouldn’t work without the superb technical work of the stage and tech team, their impeccable timing is imperative and they expertly deliver.

Director Robin Herford not only knows this show but knows what it takes to frighten his audience. On a well designed set the actors take you on a journey through your imagination and proceed to scare the wits out of you.

A scene from The Woman In Black by Susan Hill @ Fortune Theatre. Directed by Robin Herford (Taken 26-07-16) ©Tristram Kenton 07/16 (3 Raveley Street, LONDON NW5 2HX TEL 0207 267 5550 Mob 07973 617 355)email: tristram@tristramkenton.com

If you dare, booking your tickets is highly recommended. Be prepared for some jumpy moments!

Woman in Black plays the Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent until Saturday 22nd October, to book tickets visit www.atgtickets.com/stoke

Here’s where you can see it next:

Stoke Regent Theatre – 18 Oct 2016 – 22 Oct 2016
West Yorkshire Playhouse – 25 Oct 2016 – 29 Oct 2016
Canterbury Marlowe – 1 Nov 2016 – 5 Nov 2016
Liverpool Playhouse – 7 Nov 2016 – 12 Nov 2016
Exeter Northcott Theatre – 14 Nov 2016 – 19 Nov 2016
Bath Theatre Royal – 21 Nov 2016 – 26 Nov 2016
Aylesbury Waterside – 29 Nov 2016 – 3 Dec 2016
Southend Palace – 9 Jan 2017 – 14 Jan 2017 ›
Glasgow King’s Theatre – 17 Jan 2017 – 21 Jan 2017
Cheltenham Everyman – 23 Jan 2017 – 28 Jan 2017
Leicester Curve – 30 Jan 2017 – 4 Feb 2017
Hereford Courtyard – 6 Feb 2017 – 11 Feb 2017
Aberdeen Performing Arts – 14 Feb 2017 – 18 Feb 2017
Nottingham Theatre Royal – 20 Feb 2017 – 25 Feb 2017
Torquay Princess Theatre – 28 Feb 2017 – 4 Mar 2017
Belfast Grand Opera House – 7 Mar 2017 – 11 Mar 2017
Dublin Gaiety Theatre – 13 Mar 2017 – 18 Mar 2017
Salford Lowry – 20 Mar 2017 – 25 Mar 2017
Portsmouth New Theatre Royal – 27 Mar 2017 – 1 Apr 2017
Bromley Churchill Theatre – 3 Apr 2017 – 8 Apr 2017
Woking New Victoria – 11 Apr 2017 – 15 Apr 2017
Norwich Theatre Royal – 18 Apr 2017 – 22 Apr 2017
Newcastle Theatre Royal – 24 Apr 2017 – 29 Apr 2017
Inverness Eden Court – 1 May 2017 – 6 May 2017
Wolverhampton Grand Theatre – 22 May 2017 – 27 May 2017

A scene from The Woman In Black by Susan Hill @ Fortune Theatre. Directed by Robin Herford (Taken 26-07-16) ©Tristram Kenton 07/16 (3 Raveley Street, LONDON NW5 2HX TEL 0207 267 5550 Mob 07973 617 355)email: tristram@tristramkenton.com

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Rob Stanway is the Founder of At The Theatre. He has reviewed the UK's best touring theatre (and much of the west end) for this website since 2005.

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