The Woman In Black Review (Darlington Hippodrome)

The Woman In Black Review (Darlington Hippodrome)

The Woman in Black

Stephen Mallatratt’s stage adaptation of Susan Hill’s “The Woman in Black” has been terrifying audiences on the West End for over 30 years, and the thrills look set to continue as the production cast its hex over the Darlington Hippodrome.

Convinced he and his family have had a curse cast over them by the spectre of a Woman in Black, lawyer Arthur Kipps (Robert Goodale) enlists the help of a sceptical young actor (Daniel Easton) to help him tell his terrifying story.

It all 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 entire narrative is told through just two actors, with Robert Goodale playing multiple roles. Both Daniel Easton and Goodale deliver brilliant performances, with the latter excellently using various theatrical techniques to easily distinguish between his various guises, including an array of accents, altering body language and numerous costume changes.

The plot unfolds in front of a monotonous and minimalistic set design which, combined with the limited use of props, proves to be simple, yet effective, allowing the stage to be transformed into various settings with ease and forcing theatregoers to use their imagination.

In terms of the horror, The Woman In Black cleverly creates a sombre atmosphere that doesn’t rely on cheap jump scares to shock the audience. Instead, they are kept on the edge of their seats through the use of sharp sound effects, the ever-lingering fog, an inspired use of lighting and prolonged silences that builds tension and suspense, before culminating in a spine-tingling finale.

5

Summary

The Woman In Black is one of the most terrifying experiences you will ever have in a theatre.

“The Woman In Black” is at Darlington Hippodrome from Monday, November 18th, 2019 until Saturday, November 23rd, 2019.

Tickets can be purchased from the box office on 01325 405405 or through the website.