Now in its twenty-seventh year in the West End, the unanimously acclaimed staging of The Woman in Black visits the Theatre Royal Bath from Monday 21 st to Saturday 26 th November as part of a national tour. A brilliantly successful study in atmosphere, illusion and controlled horror, Robin Herford’s gripping production stars David Acton as Arthur Kipps and Matthew Spencer as The Actor, as the cast reprise the roles they played in the West End earlier this year.
The gripping plot is set at Eel Marsh House stands tall and isolated on the windswept salt marshes beyond the Nine Lives Causeway on the East Coast. Here Mrs Alice Drablow lived – and died – alone. Young Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor, is ordered by his firm to travel up from London to attend her funeral and sort out all her papers. His task is a lonely one and, at first, Kipps is quite unaware of the tragic secrets which lie behind the house’s shuttered windows. It is not until he glimpses a wasted young woman dressed all in black at the funeral that a creeping sense of unease begins to take hold. The reluctance of locals to talk of the woman in black, only serves to deepen this feeling.
When he asks questions, they refuse to even acknowledge her existence, leaving Kipps to discover her terrible purpose for himself.
The Woman in Black follows the classic ghost story tradition of Charles Dickens, M.R James, Henry James and Edith Wharton. Stephen Mallatratt’s adaptation for the stage remains entirely true to the book itself and uses much of Susan Hill’s own descriptive writing and dialogue, while transforming the novel into a totally gripping piece of theatre.
The Woman in Black appears at the Theatre Royal Bath from Monday 21 st to Saturday 26 th November. To book tickets contact the Theatre Royal Bath Box Office on 01225 448844 or visit www.theatreroyal.org.uk