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By midlandsmovies, Jan 21 2020 12:39PM



The Woman in Black at Curve Leicester


The Woman in Black is a 1983 horror novel by Susan Hill, written in the style of a traditional Gothic novel and made into a 2012 supernatural horror film starring Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe with great support from Ciarán Hinds, Janet McTeer and Liz White.


Yet although it was a commercial success, the original book was adapted into a more famous stage play by Stephen Mallatratt that is now the second longest-running play in the West End.


The plot of all adaptations follows a young lawyer who travels to a remote village where he discovers that the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman is terrorising the locals.


And Curve Leicester now has a further adaptation directed by Robin Herford. It again seeks to tell the story of solicitor Arthur Kipps who attends the funeral of a client and subsequently discovers the dreaded secret of the Woman in Black.


In contrast to the film and book however, this stage version adds a layer of interesting complexity as it delivers a play within a play.


Kipps is first embodied by Robert Goodale, as an old man hoping to turn his story into a stage play for friends and family. He is assisted by a professional actor (Daniel Easton as “The Actor”) who wants to help shape and deliver a successful story.


Both actors do well and before long, and after reading excerpts from Kipps’ diaries, The Actor ends up playing the younger incarnation of Kipps and the whole production takes a more conventional form.


The sparse stage layout first evokes a small theatre but as it moves into the recreation of the "real" story then it becomes more elaborate. We see dusty sheets on old furniture and spy mysterious shapes through the haze of a semi-translucent curtain.


This opens up the play to a larger location and larger themes about loneliness and remembrance. It does dip back into the fact that the story is being recollected and acted out from the pages of the diary. However, although this is somewhat clever this also hinders the audience as it “snaps” you out of the dark atmosphere of the narrative itself.


Both actors do well intertwining their different roles as needed and playing off a surprising amount of comedy. This is thrown in the script and performed well by the double-act from the very start. The suspension of disbelief is an allegorical and on-stage physical trait of the play, especially when they play multiple roles throughout.


The scares come from what isn’t seen – a bang on a door here, a creaking rocking chair there – but after hearing anecdotes from others about the horrific nature of the play I can’t but express some disappointment. At no point was I genuinely frightened and as the play ratcheted up tension, it was a shame that scenes came to a rather abrupt end quite often.


All the audience tension in a near-silent auditorium was lost as we jumped back to the “play” rehearsals or a pinch of comedy was thrown in which undercut the well set-up horror.


In the end, the construction of the play was its most intriguing aspect and the second half’s stage lighting, furniture and props were scene-setting delights. However, if you happen to have a strong disposition, don’t go into The Woman in Black ready to be spooked as the less-than-average scares are too few and far between.


Mike Sales


The Woman in Black at Curve


Tue 21 Jan — Sat 25 Jan


Age Recommendation: 12+


Running time: 2 hour 5 minutes including a 15 minute interval


Please note this performance contains loud noises and smoke.


Tickets

£35 – £10

DISCOUNTS*

£15 Under 16s

£15 Under 18s school groups

£18 16 – 26 yrs (with a FREE 16 – 26 Membership)

£4 off for Groups 10+

15% off for Members or 241 tickets on Mon 20 Jan


*Discounts are subject to terms and conditions, availability and are only valid on certain performances.




By midlandsmovies, Jan 13 2020 11:34PM



Midlands Spotlight - Film shows coming to Curve in 2020


With the announcement in January 2020 that this year will see new adaptations of both Roman Holiday and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof coming to Curve in Leicester, it joins a whole host of film-related shows already scheduled.


From drama to comedy via musicals both past and present, Curve has an amazing 2020 planned with details of the above soon to be published alongside a season of fantastic film and fan favourites.


Check out the current season details below:



The Woman in Black - Mon 20 Jan — Sat 25 Jan

A lawyer obsessed with a curse that he believes has been cast over him and his family by the spectre of a Woman in Black engages a sceptical young actor to help him tell his terrifying story. Continuing its record-breaking run in London’s West End, The Woman in Black embarks on a major UK Tour Susan Hill’s acclaimed ghost story comes dramatically alive in Stephen Mallatratt’s ingenious stage adaptation. In 2012 a film adaptation was released starring Daniel Radcliffe in the role of Arthur Kipps and directed by James Watkins (Eden Lake) and develops a storyline quite different from that of the source material.




The Phantom of The Opera - Sat 22 Feb — Sat 21 Mar

The brilliant original production of Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s The Phantom of the Opera is embarking on a major UK and Ireland tour. Now in its 34th year in the West End, The Phantom of the Opera is widely considered one of the most beautiful and spectacular productions in history. Produced by Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Group Ltd, The Phantom of the Opera will open at Curve this February. The romantic, haunting and soaring score includes Music of the Night, All I Ask of You, Masquerade and the iconic title song. Adapted for film many times, one of the most recent was the 2004 British–American musical drama adaptation directed by Joel Schumacher starring Gerard Butler in the title role, Emmy Rossum, Patrick Wilson, Miranda Richardson, Minnie Driver and Jennifer Ellison.




Cry Baby – Thu 26 Mar — Sat 28 Mar

With songs by David Javerbaum & Adam Schlesinger, this new play is based on the Universal Pictures film written and directed by John Waters. Adapted for the stage by the same team behind Hairspray, CYC Musicals 16+ bring Cry Baby to the stage as part of the CYC Season. Wade ‘Cry-Baby’ Walker is the coolest kid in town, a bad boy with a good heart. When he falls for the good girl who wants to be bad, their two worlds collide as the king of the delinquents and queen of the squares fight, flirt and dance their way through 1950s rock ‘n’ roll America. Originally Cry-Baby was a 1990 American musical from Waters and was the only film of Waters' over which studios were in a bidding war, coming off the heels of Hairspray. The film stars Johnny Depp as 1950s teen rebel "Cry-Baby" Wade Walker and also features a large ensemble cast that includes Amy Locane, Polly Bergen, Susan Tyrrell, Iggy Pop, Ricki Lake and Traci Lords.




Sister Act - Tue 21 Apr — Sat 2 May

The Broadway and UK smash-hit musical Sister Act is coming to Curve immediately prior to its record-breaking London run, reimagined for the 21st century and starring Brenda Edwards (Hairspray, Chicago, Loose Women) in the specially rewritten role of Deloris Van Cartier. Now set in 2020, this sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, sisterhood and music tells the hilarious story of the disco diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a murder. It features original music by Tony® and 8-time Oscar® winner Alan Menken (Disney’s Aladdin, Enchanted) and songs inspired by Motown, soul and disco. The 1992 American musical comedy film version was directed by Emile Ardolino and written by Joseph Howard, and originally starred Whoopi Goldberg as a lounge singer forced to join a convent after being placed in a witness protection program.


Sing-a-long-a The Greatest Showman - Sun 3 May 2:15pm

Cheer on Hugh Jackman, lust after Zac Efron and hiss at Rebecca Ferguson (…or maybe not) as you experience The Greatest Showman in the greatest way possible – with lyrics on the screen so you can join in as loud and proud as you want.


Sing-a-long-a Bohemian Rhapsody - Sun 3 May 7.00pm

Celebrate Queen, their music, and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury. Sit back and sing along with the on-screen lyrics to Bohemian Rhapsody, Under Pressure and Somebody to Love not forgetting YOU the audience becoming part of their famous Live Aid concert.



Dial M for Murder - Mon 4 May - Sat 9 May

Made famous by Alfred Hitchcock’s world-renowned 1950 film, the iconic Dial M for Murder is coming to Curve in 2020. Tony Wendice is a jaded ex-professional tennis player who has given it all up for his wife Margot. But Tony’s mind soon turns to revenge as he discovers his wife has been unfaithful. Aiming to commit ‘the perfect crime’ Tony becomes tangled in the web of his own making. TV and stage favourite Tom Chambers (Top Hat and Strictly Come Dancing) stars in this spine-chilling drama. The 1954 American crime mystery film starred Ray Milland, Grace Kelly, Robert Cummings, and John Williams and both the screenplay and the successful stage play on which it was based were written by English playwright Frederick Knott.




A Monster Calls - Tue 26 May — Sat 30 May

Patrick Ness’s piercing novel A Monster Calls is brought vividly to life in the Olivier award winning production by visionary director Sally Cookson. Thirteen-year-old Conor and his mum have managed just fine since his dad moved away. But now his mum is sick and not getting any better. His grandmother won’t stop interfering and the kids at school won’t look him in the eye. Then, one night, Conor is woken by something at his window. A monster has come walking. A Monster Calls was made into a 2016 dark fantasy film directed by J. A. Bayona and stars Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell and Liam Neeson.




Once - Mon 15 Jun — Sat 20 Jun

Once may not be enough for you to see this multi award-winning Broadway and West End hit musical. Based on the critically acclaimed and much-loved film, you will meet (and never forget) two lost souls – a Dublin street busker and a Czech musician – who find each other unexpectedly and fall in love. You will fall in love, too, with this brilliant and beautiful musical, filled with live music, from lush ballads to barnstorming reels. The 2007 Irish romantic musical drama film was written and directed by John Carney and starred Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová. Once spent years in development with the Irish Film Board and was made for a budget of €112,000. It was a commercial success, earning substantial per-screen box office averages in the United States. It received awards including the 2007 Independent Spirit Award for Best Foreign Film. Hansard and Irglová's song "Falling Slowly" won the 2008 Academy Award for Best Original Song, and the soundtrack received a Grammy Award nomination.


All shows, tickets, dates, times and details over at Curve official website https://www.curveonline.co.uk


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