Woman in Black

Dinner and theatre, don’t mind if I do. Halloween may have been and gone, but I’m still in the mood for a fright. Now Friday the 13th, Scream, Nightmare on Elm street may be the classic horror movies for fear fans but I’ve gone for something a little different. So last week we got tickets to see the 25th Anniversary tour of The Woman in Black!

Not for the faint hearten, I heard it was terrifying before I went so we bought tickets to see it at the Everyman Theatre, we got them in the circle safely away from the front.

 

First up was dinner at Jamie’s Italian. (Warning: Not suitable for those on diets.) As they are next door to our local theatre they gave out a free gloss of Prosecco for theatre goers – nice way to start the evening.

Starters we had mushroom bruschetta, crispy squid and Italian nachos, so good, will definitely be coming back fore more.. But dinner was the main event – lobster! Oh may! I’d never ordered lobster before and it was definitely worth the wait. Well done Mr. Oliver, so completely delicious and I would recommend it to anyone.

If that wasn’t enough we finished off with cheesecake which really was as delicious as the photo looks.

And on to the show… Woman in Black, (which featured Daniel Radcliffe in the 2012 film) follows an elderly Arthur Kipps as he tries to recount his story to an actor about an ghostly experience in his youth.

It’s a brilliant two-man show that uses the frame work of a play within a play. The young actor acts out the experience of the young Arthur Kipps, while the now elderly Kipps portrays all the characters.

The young Arthur travels north, on business, small village where he must sort out the effects on a decent client. The villagers he meets are terrified of the late owner’s house, a derelict manor on a small island cut off by a course way, and Arthur must venture their alone.

He soon experiences the ghostly presence of the Woman in Black and is intrigue to find out her story…

Having seen the film first, I was nervous about whether it would be a carbon copy of the original play, but play was a masterpiece of its own. With only two actors and a simplistic set, the action is all on the action, and where the next scare is coming from. Truly creepy and a wonderfully well written, beautifully acted show. It’s touring at the moment so I’d definitely recommend going to see it if you can.

lots of love

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