REVIEW: The Woman In Black: Theatre Royal Norwich

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The Woman In Black - Norwich Theatre Royal

A terrifying tale with close links to our fine city is gripping audiences at Norwich Theatre Royal this week.

The adaptation of the Susan Hill novel, written by Stephen Mallatratt and directed by Robin Herford, has been seen by more than seven million people worldwide.

Only two actors – and the ‘vision’, grace the stage, taking on a selection of roles to re-enact what happens to young solicitor Arthur Kipps as he handles the affairs of the late Mrs Alice Drablow.

A wicker basket acts as a desk in a London office, a trap led by a pony through thick sea mists and a bed in the vast, isolated Eel Marsh House, where Kipps feels he must stay to complete his work.

But the simplicity does not matter, the story is all.

A Gothic tale, involving the death of children, it leaves you haunted long after you have left the auditorium.

You could argue that horror films are now scarier and gorier than The Woman in Black, but creating such tension in a play with a cast of only two, in front of more than a thousand people is a real feat – and one not to be missed.

It runs until Saturday.

CATHERINE MORRIS-GRETTON

www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk