Susan Hill - The Woman in Black (4 stars)

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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.

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Tue 26 Nov


Wed 27 Nov


Thu 28 Nov


…and 2 more dates until 30 Nov

Fortune Theatre, London WC2B

Sat 24 Aug

£21.50–£72.50 / 0844 871 7627

Tue 27 Aug

£21.50–£72.50 / 0844 871 7627

Wed 28 Aug

£21.50–£72.50 / 0844 871 7627

…and 154 more dates until 28 Mar 2020

Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Mon 7 Oct

£15–£45 / 0114 249 6000

Tue 8 Oct

£15–£45 / 0114 249 6000

Wed 9 Oct

£15–£45 / 0114 249 6000

…and 3 more dates until 12 Oct

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