20-25 April 2015
Reviewed by Emily Crombie
A ghost story seems an unlikely theme for a play but The Woman in Black proves otherwise. Based on the novel by Susan Hill, Stephen Mallatratt masterfully adapted it to the stage and it has been running in the West End for 25 years – breaking records in London as the second longest running play.
The Woman in Black is currently touring and is playing at the Theatre Royal in Glasgow from 20th until 25th April 2015.
Even as the classic it is, I was pretty much in the dark as to the plot of the show and really had no idea what to expect. I certainly was not let down. The audience was totally captured right from the start – they sat in total silence… well, until they got a fright anyway!
The Woman in Black is a play within a play, Arthur Kipps has asked The Actor to assist him in delivering his sorry tale to friends and family in a bid to lift the curse brought upon him in his earlier years by the ghost of the The Woman in Black. Within the show we see them run through the story with The Actor taking on the role of a younger Kipps and Kipps, the other characters within his tale.
The talent of Malcolm James as Arthur Kipps and Matt Connor as The Actor draw the audience into the plot and keep them in suspense right till the end where they are left on a cliffhanger.
The Woman in Black is unique in so many ways, the simplicity of the scenery, the lighting, the shadows, the mist, the improvising, the delivery all add to the suspense leaving the audience on the edge of their seat and jumping off it in fright many times!
The Theatre Royal is situated on Hope Street in Glasgow City Centre. The theatre is a short walk or taxi ride from bus and rail stations. In recent times the foyer has been stunningly refurbished and offers areas to eat, drink and relax.
Tickets cost from £11.90 to £34.90 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).
The Woman in Black in at the Theatre Royal in Glasgow until 25 April 2015. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0844 871 7647.
Theatre Royal, 282 Hope Street, Glasgow, G2 3QA | 0844 871 7647