Review Summary Average Rating: The acting was amazing but dragged on a bit at the beginning. I think that for 2 actors to carry this off word perfect and very expression and emotion shown on their faces was amazing too. Sunday, 1st Oct by Carol evans Saw this production with a friend on
Martin Godwin for the Guardian Robin Herford was running the Stephen Joseph theatre in Scarborough when he realised he hadn't spent his entire grant. His boss, Alan Ayckbournwas off on sabbatical, so Herford decided, what with Christmas coming up, to put on a ghost story that could be staged cheaply and quickly — not in the main theatre, but in the bar.
His masterstroke was to make The Woman in Black a play within a play, one that needs just two speaking actors, and a backstage crew of four. Elderly Arthur Kipps brings a ghost story to a young actor; it's the story of something that happened to Kipps 30 years earlier, and the actor turns it into a drama.
The older actor plays around half a dozen characters, while the other takes the role of young Kipps, a solicitor in the remote town of Crythin Gifford, who has to visit a mysterious house in the marshes to tie up a dead woman's affairs — discovering all too late why the townsfolk shrink from the place.
The Woman in Black sold out the first night it was staged, on 12 Decemberand ran successfully for three weeks. A year later, it moved to the Lyric Hammersmith and finally to the West End, where it has played at the Fortune theatre since It is now one of the longest-running plays in British theatrical history, currently celebrating its silver anniversary with a parallel national tour.
Its popularity has been further boosted by this year's film adaptation, which starred Daniel Radcliffe. Sadly, Mallatratt did not get to see it, having died in Term times are particularly busy: The Woman in Black is popular with school groups, since it's part of the curriculum.
On the night I attend, the Fortune is full of screaming year-olds, but the play is easily capable of terrifying older viewers, too. Ken Drurywho plays Arthur Kipps in the West End production, relishes the recent memory of a man who gasped "Fuck's sake! So what makes The Woman in Black so frightening?
The audience is slightly keyed-up.
Sound effects are another crucial ingredient: It's a joy to direct each time, because you can let the new cast have their heads a bit. Yet both, he says, "scared the living bejaysus out of the audience — and that's the main thing".
Although everyone involved in The Woman in Black believes it will run and run, it has a long way to go before it catches up with Agatha Christie's The Mousetrapwhich has been in the West End for 60 years. Herford admits he has a vested interest in keeping the play fresh: But it took my son to Oxford, and it has given me a measure of security few freelance directors can enjoy.
We've certainly made the government a phenomenal amount through VAT on tickets, far more than the subsidy Scarborough received. There are no lines, and dance experience is preferred.Threatre Review of Woman in Black The play I will be reviewing is called the Woman in Black, adapted by Stephen Mallatratt from the novel by Susan Hill.
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