It’s not easy to replicate horror stories on stage but Susan Hill’s The Woman In Black is an exception. Be prepared for shivers down your spine and a chill in your heart as the latest tour comes to Milton Keynes Theatre this month.
It may be 25 years since The Woman in Black was first performed in Scarborough but the shiver that you feel running down your spine as the lights fade in the theatre is just as chilling as it ever was.
The production opened in London in 1989 and has gone on to tour the United States, South America, Tokyo and Singapore.
Now celebrating its 25th year in the West End, over 7 million people have lived to tell the tale of one of the most terrifying and successful theatre events ever staged.
Stephen Mallatratt’s adaptation of Susan Hill’s best-selling novel tells the story of Arthur Kipps (Malcom James), a lawyer obsessed with a curse that he believes has been cast over him and his family by the spectre of a ‘Woman in Black’.
He engages a young actor (Matt Connor) to help him tell his story and exorcise the fear that grips his soul.
It begins innocently enough, but as they reach further into his darkest memories, they find themselves caught up in a world of eerie marshes and moaning winds.
The borders between make believe and reality begin to blur and the flesh begins to creep.
Running at Milton Keynes Theatre March 23-28.
2015 Tour dates
March 9-14, Portsmouth King’s Theatre March 16-21, Cambridge Arts Theatre March 23-28, Milton Keynes Theatre March 30-April 4, Blackpool Grand Theatre April 14-18, Edinburgh Kings Theatre April 20-25, Glasgow Theatre Royal April 28-May 2, Salford The Lowry May 5-9, Cardiff New Theatre May 11-16, Poole Lighthouse May 18-23, Plymouth Theatre Royal May 25-30, Bradford Alhambra June 1-6, Malvern Theatres June 8-13, Wycombe Swan Theatre June 16-20, Buxton Opera House June 22-27, Llandudno Venue Cymru June 29-July 4, Dunfermline Alhambra Theatre.