Susan Hill - The Woman in Black (4 stars)

This article is from 2011.

Susan Hill - The Woman in Black

Sinister ghost story with an already-established pedigree


As the longest running stage production in Britain after Aggie’s Mousetrap, Susan Hill’s The Woman in Black clearly has an icy grip on the theatre-going public. And with news that this classic ghost story will make it onto the big screen in 2012 with Daniel Radcliffe in the role of the thoroughly haunted young lawyer Arthur Kipps, a new generation will be exposed to Hill’s spooky vision.

Sent to a small English market town in order to deal with the affairs of a recently deceased elderly widow, Kipps ignores the subtle warnings from everyone he encounters and takes shelter for a few days in the dead woman’s house. There, Kipps is on the end of a right old haunting led by the eponymous female, as well as a spectral pony and trap and the distant cries of a child.

A beautifully structured and atmospherically-driven tale which evokes the Henry James and MR James school of subtle psychological freak-outs in starchy period garb, The Woman in Black retains a visceral power, aided by a truly nasty finale.

The Woman in Black

  • Directed by: Robin Herford
  • Written by: Susan Hill (book), Stephen Mallatratt (adapt)

Spookily Gothic and highly theatrical adaptation of Susan Hill's story about a young lawyer trying to exorcise his metaphorical demons.

Fortune Theatre, London WC2B

Sat 15 Dec

£21.50–£66 / 0844 871 7627

Tue 18 Dec

£21.50–£66 / 0844 871 7627

Wed 19 Dec

£21.50–£66 / 0844 871 7627

…and 158 more dates until 27 Jul 2019

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