The Woman in Black at The Lowry Manchester Review

Reviewed by Linzie Wardle

The Lowry Theatre in Salford Quays, Manchester is extremely easy to get to and well signposted. It has easy access for car, bus or metro link visitors. There are plenty of nearby car parking spaces available for car drivers. Within The Lowry outlet there is a large variety of different shops, restaurants and bars which you can take advantage of before your performance starts.

Upon arriving at the theatre, we were greeted by a lady on the ticket desk, who welcomed both myself and my partner and handed us our tickets, we were then shown to our seats in the Lyric Theatre.

We had a brilliant view, the seats were comfortable with plenty of leg room! There are also disability facilities available and refreshments kiosk in the foyer.

We were at The Lowry to see Stephen Mallatratt’s stage adaption of Susan Hill’s The Woman in Black. A ghost story that will leave you chilled.

The Woman in Black is a stage play performed by two gentlemen, the eldest actor performed as ‘Kipps’ for the purpose of telling the story to the audience, however where the play proceeded to tell the actual story where the younger actor portrayed the role of Mr Kipps.

It was interesting as the older ‘Mr Kipps’ seemed to find it hard to tell his story, giving the impression that he had already lived through the ordeal of witnessing ‘The Woman in Black’.

It was unbelievable to see with such little props available, brief onstage costume changes, special effect lighting and dramatic sounds and only consisting of two guys being able to pull off an impressive show.

The gentlemen also asked the audience to use their imagination to perceive what would of really happened for example the actors sat on a basket and swayed side to side mimicking being on a horse drawn carriage.

If you’re a fan of ‘big’ shows, then this might not be for you as its simply a very interesting way of telling a very interesting story.

Rating: 4/5

Tickets cost from £15.50 to £30.50.

The Woman in Black is at The Lowry in Manchester from 20-25 March 2017, for more information or to book tickets visit www.thelowry.com or call the box office on 0843 208 6000.

The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, Manchester, M50 3AZ | 0843 208 6000

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