The Woman in Black Theatre Trip


Tuesday 22 January saw seven CCSS students, who participate in the Leonardo Program, travel to London to watch a performance of The Woman in Black at the Fortune Theatre. The Woman in Black is one of the West End’s longest-running plays, having opened at the Fortune Theatre in 1989. It tells the story of a solicitor called Arthur Kipps who sees a mysterious woman dressed in black whilst attending the funeral of a client.

The students began the day by taking the train from Cambridge, enjoying a picnic for lunch en route. On arrival into London, it was then a short walk through Covent Garden to the Fortune Theatre.

Having studied the original novel by Susan Hill, on which the play is based, the students were excited to see the novel come to life before their eyes. Despite having only three actors and minimalist staging, the compelling performance captivated the audience. The historical interior of the theatre was a perfect fit with the dramatic story of a little haunted town, and the screams of the Woman in Black sent shivers down everyone’s spines, making them recoil in horror and fright. The plot twist at the end was unexpected and left everyone with numerous questions. This was definitely a performance to be remembered, and was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone.

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