Stephen Mallatratt’s adaptation of Susan Hill’s novel tells the story of lawyer Arthur Kipps obsessed with a curse that he believes has been cast over his family by the spectre of a Woman in Black. He employs a young actor to help him deliver his story to family and friends and hopefully eradicate his nightmares and fears. It begins innocently enough, but as the pair explore the tale, they find themselves caught up in a world of eerie marshes and moaning winds and the lines between make believe and reality begin to blur.
With just two actors and The Woman In Black, it currently stars Robert Goodale as Arthur Kipps and Daniel Easton as The Actor. As Arthur Kipps, Goodale gives an affecting performance. As the show unfolds and the audience learn more about Kipps’ horrific encounters, he allows the audience to really see how the years of living with his story has effected Kipps and presents a broken but determined man. The Actor Easton, shines delivering an emotional roller coaster from comedy moments to being utterly frozen in fear. Easton uses his skill to woo the audience into the story. Quietly sombre in places and then shockingly frightening, he never misses a beat setting the pace of the play from the beginning and leading it through to it’s shocking conclusion. Both characters work together well. The Woman In Black’s strength lies in the combination of a classic story, great performances, simple effects which shock the audience and result in a timeless stage adaptation.
Settle in for a night of excellent story telling and spooky chills at the Regent Theatre Tickets for this production of The Woman in Black.
Tickets for The Woman In Black are on sale now and available from the Regent Theatre Box Office counter, by calling 0844 871 7649 or via http://www.atgtickets.com/stoke