Review: The Woman in Black at The Kings Theatre, Southsea

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Having seen the show on the West End, I was interested to see how The Woman In Black would cope in a larger theatre.

And although each half took a while to warm up, once the scares began this production did not disappoint.

The acting and set were as good as the London production, and the lighting and sound design – extremely low light or whispered voices – was peppered with bangs and flashes that filled the theatre with shrieks.

The eponymous woman was mercifully underused, leaving more to the imagination and making her sudden appearances even more shocking.

It was just a shame that a wave of audience members clearing their throats in the second half lessened the impact of certain jumps, but the main set pieces could not be ignored.

The twists at the end of the tale were not only shocking, but brought the audience into the story – have we also been cursed by the woman in black?

She certainly plays on your mind long after the final bows.

Until Saturday.