REVIEW: Woman in Black, Lyceum

A scene from The Woman In Black
A scene from The Woman In Black
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THIS famously chilling ghost story, a long-time stage success, has now won a wider audience following the film version starring Daniel Radcliffe fresh from finishing Harry Potter.

However, Stephen Mallatratt’s adaptation of the Susan Hill novel has none of the Hollywood big budget special effects.

Instead it relies on clever staging, versatile actors and the power of audience imagination to create an atmosphere of suspense and terror.

It’s basically a two-hander, with Julian Forsyth as Arthur Kipps, who has a terrible story to tell and Antony Eden as the actor who helps bring it to life.

As they rehearse in a dusty old theatre, the actor takes on the part of Kipps, a young solicitor sent to sort out the affairs of a reclusive old lady who has died in an isolated house that contains terrible secrets.

Kipps recreates all the other characters and both performers are excellent. There are many scares to keep the audience jumping, although I was entertained rather than frightened.