Review by Liz Turner
The Woman In Black has been terrifying audiences for 25 years in London. And at Lighthouse, Poole this week, you can find out why but just be prepared to be scared out of your wits.
With just two actors on the stage telling the story, the play is a true homage to the art of creating tension and fear so that every last bang, loud noise and flickering of the lights has you jumping out of your seat.
This spine-chiller is not achieved through technical wizardry and special effects but through the suspense and menace built up during this master class in horror, skillfully delivered by Malcolm James as Arthur Kipps and Matt Connor as the Actor. Their telling of the tale of The Woman In Black leaves the audience gripped with terror and just waiting for the next blood chilling revelation. The feeling of dread and sense of malevolence which builds up means the gasps are audible when the next heart stopping moment comes.
And to top it all there is a wonderful twist at the end – one which makes you shudder again and leaves your nerves shredded. After seeing this, I defy anyone to hear a knocking noise in the night without coming out in a cold sweat.
Over 7 million people have been enthralled by the Woman in Black and many have been back to enjoy the thrills again. Don’t miss out on your chance to experience the best in suspense and let your imagination take over. It’s a real treat and great fun.
The Woman In Black continues until Saturday 16 May 7.45pm (Wednesday and Saturday matinee 2.30pm).
Tickets & information 0844 406 8666 www.lighthousepoole.co.uk