I’m sure by now most people know about The Woman in Black movie that has been adapted from the novel by Susan Hill. Turns out, a play has been adapted from the novel as well. Currently, the play is on tour in the UK and is playing at the Fortune Theater in London at the moment. And to watch this classic ghost story in a play version was a perfect Halloween outing for us.
Fortune Theater in Covent Garden is a small, intimate theater, which makes for great seats and views. No pictures were allowed inside, but I’ve gathered some pictures courtesy of Google. This play started out a little slow, but it escalated and turned out pretty good. We really enjoyed the ending and the show. The performers did a fantastic job, and I was really engaged. If you’re into ghost stories and are interested in seeing it, I think it’s worth it. You may even get a good scare or a few startles as well.
The play is slightly different from the book and movie, but you’ll understand why this is after watching the play. I won’t give all the details, but instead a brief (tease) summary of the play without any spoilers, or the ending.
Arthur Kipps is living in grief and fear from the memories and nightmares of what he experienced when he was a younger man. To purge himself of these memories, he wants to tell his story. The play opens with an older Kipps who is seeking help from a young actor to tell his story through a play. The actor ends up playing Kipps, and Kipps plays the other characters, as well as narrates the entire play.
The story is about a young lawyer, Arthur Kipps, who has been given the task of handling the legal matters of a recently deceased widow, Mrs. Drablow, at Eel Marsh House. He travels to Crythin Gifford, where he learns no one in the village wants to discuss anything related with Mrs. Drablow. He soon sees the Woman in Black and experiences her presence at Eel Marsh House, where he discovers who the woman is and finds himself believing in ghosts. What he experiences at the house will soon chase and haunt him for the rest of his life.
(All pictures below are not mine. Courtesy of Google.)
We both really enjoyed the play, and I think I liked the experience better than the movie. If you get a chance to see it, I’d recommend it and hope you’ll enjoy it too!