Tuesday, 24 March 2015

REVIEW: The Woman in Black at MK Theatre

A spine chilling horror story that will leave you terrified

The Woman in Black is at MK Theatre until March 28th. 

If you hanker after the stories of Edgar Allan Poe, enjoy Dickens` ghost stories and appreciate the gothic retelling of mysteries, then you won’t be disappointed by this adaptation of Susan Hill`s novel, The Woman in Black.

Stephen Mallatratt carefully took the story and adapted it into a play within a play, always being mindful to the original text. Sadly he has since passed away, but director Robin Hereford continues his work.

The action takes place in the 1950s, a time where instant communication was unheard of
and the north was a very long way.  The director uses the audience`s imagination to build the tension but knows how to break it too with some humour at just the right times.

It`s a well told horror story with a gradual build up, a fantastic atmosphere and palpable tension. The use of smoke, loud bangs, music and lighting create a terrifying overall effect. There`s much skill going on behind the scenes to bring this production to life.

The actors Malcolm James and Matt Connor are perfectly cast in their roles, never being over the top.

If you want to be scared, don`t miss this production. Until March 28.


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