Review: The Woman in Black at Buxton Opera House

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Who needs overly elaborate settings and props when you have two extremely talented actors, a creative and resourceful use of lighting and a remarkable use of sound, with a few well selected props and an abundance of imagination?

The Woman in Black has all these.

Cleverly adapted for the stage by the late playwright Stephen Mallatratt from the novel by Susan Hill, the production was successfully performed at Buxton Opera House on Tuesday, under the directorship of Robin Herford.

An inventive use of sound effects created a chilling and jumpy experience for the audience and a see-through backdrop with clever use of lighting created an extremely eerie setting.

Arthur Kipps and other characters were brilliantly portrayed by experienced stage and TV actor Malcolm James, whose previous roles include playing George in Of Mice and Men and appearances in TV dramas such as Heartbeat and Coronation Street.

The Actor was skilfully played by equally accomplished actor, Matt Connor, who has performed in many theatre productions and in TV series Emmerdale and Hollyoaks.

The Woman in Black is at Buxton until June 20.