Review: The Woman in Black at Buxton Opera House – ‘A Hauntingly Gripping Theatrical Experience’ ★★★★★

In the dimly lit theater, fog and creepily haunted houses loom large on the stage, setting the tone for an evening of spine-tingling suspense. The Woman in Black, an adaptation of Susan Hill’s chilling tale, invites audiences to a world of supernatural happenings, sea mists, dark stormy nights, lonely funerals, and creaking attic doors. This production, now in its 25th year in the West End, has earned its place as one of the most successful and terrifying theatre events ever staged.

Unanimously acclaimed by critics, The Woman in Black seamlessly blends the power and intensity of live theater with a cinematic quality inspired by film noir. It’s a masterful piece of storytelling that taps into our primal fears and leaves you at the edge of your seat.

The plot revolves around a grieving lawyer who believes a curse has been cast upon him and his family by the sinister spectre of the woman in black. To exorcise this malevolent presence, he enlists the help of a skeptical young actor to recount his harrowing tale. What begins innocently enough soon descends into a horrifying ordeal as the line between reality and fantasy blurs, and the horror comes to life before our eyes.

One of the standout elements of this production is the clever use of props and costumes. From coats to scarves, these changes add depth and atmosphere to the play, heightening the tension as the story unfolds. The stage itself is a marvel, perfectly capturing the eerie setting and enhancing the overall experience.

The performances of the actors are convincing, drawing the audience into the terrifying narrative. As the tension builds, gasps rippled through the theatre in the second half, and at one point, a scream pierced the air! It’s a testament to the play’s ability to send shivers down your spine.

The Woman in Black showcases the transformative power of theater, challenging our beliefs and eliciting genuine fear. It underscores the importance of props, lighting, scenery, and costume in setting the mood of a show. The production leaves you pondering the supernatural and the thin line that separates reality from the unknown.

Without revealing too much, we can highly recommend this classic play to anyone who enjoys a creepy tale that will leave you with chills long after the curtain falls. Buxton Opera House provided the perfect backdrop for setting the scene on this chilly Autumnal evening. This is not just a play; it’s an experience from start to finish…

The Woman in Black continues at Buxton Opera House this week, with performances on Wednesday 4th (2.30pm & BSL Interpreted performance at 7.30pm) Thursday 5th (7.30pm), Friday 6th (7.30pm), Saturday 7th (2.30pm & 7.30pm) October 2023. 


Tickets are priced from £26 – £34.
Discounts are available: Groups (8+)/Senior/Disabled: £2.50 off (not Dress Circle, not available Friday/Saturday), JSA/Income Support/Students/Children: ½ price (not Dress Circle, not available Friday/Saturday)

To buy tickets and for more information call the Box Office on 01298 72190 or visit

Buxton Opera House, Water Street, Buxton, SK17 6XN

T: 01298 72190


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