One of British theatre’s most chilling hits, The Woman in Black, is on stage at the Madinat Theatre from Saturday October 10 to Friday 16. Celebrating more than 25 years in London’s West End, the gripping production has been seen by upwards of seven million people worldwide. Adapted brilliantly for the stage by Stephen Mallatratt, this will be the show’s fourth outing in Dubai.
A play within a play, the story follows retired lawyer Arthur Kipps, obsessed with a curse that he believes has been cast over him by the spectre of a woman in black. In an attempt to put the memories to bed, he hires an actor to help him tell his story. “It’s a masterpiece of suspense and atmosphere, a thrilling story of a young man confronting his fears, and experiencing something extraordinary,” says the play’s producer, Lucy Magee.
As audiences are taken deeper into Kipps’ darkest memories, the borders between make-believe and reality begin to blur as the woman in black reveals her terrible purpose. “It takes a lot of time to get the right level of tension in the production,” explains Magee. “Lighting, scenery and effects all have to combine perfectly to create the right atmosphere, to help the audience feel uneasy, unsettled and alert for something terrifying to happen.
“Unlike the film [released in 2012, starring Daniel Radcliffe], the play uses furniture, props and costumes to re-create the ghost story in vivid detail.” Featuring just two actors from the West End, the production is impressively haunting, and sure to have you checking dark corners for days on end after.
Dhs180-230. October 10-16. Madinat Theatre, Madinat Jumeirah, www.seewomaninblack.com (04 366 6546).