Return of a terrifying theatrical experience
Once again The Woman in Black casts her spell over the Sheffield Lyceum next week as Susan Hill’s acclaimed Gothic ghost story comes dramatically alive on stage.
Now entering its 30th year in the West End, Robin Herford’s gripping production of Stephen Mallatratt’s ingenious stage adaptation is a compelling study in atmosphere, illusion and controlled horror.
An elderly solicitor obsessed with a curse that he believes has been cast over him and his family by the spectre of a Woman in Black, engages a sceptical young actor to help him tell his terrifying story and exorcise the fear that grips his soul.
Their re-enactment of the journey to a remote coastal village in Yorkshire begins innocently enough, but then, as they reach further into his darkest memories, they find themselves caught up in a world of eerie fogbound marshes and moaning winds.
In this latest tour of the stage two-hander Stuart Fox is playing the lawyer, Arthur Kipps, and Matthew Spencer the young actor, both returning to roles they have played previously .
The play was first performed at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough, in 1987. It opened in London's West End in 1989 and is still being performed there, becoming the second longest-running non-musical play in West End history, after The Mousetrap.
The Woman in Black is at the Lyceum from Monday to Saturday, October 7-12.