Obiter is so over trick-or-treating after last year’s foray up Chancery Lane harvested only a law firm-branded pen, an empty Ede & Ravenscroft bag and a flea in the ear from the Lincoln’s Inn porter. So this year we will be getting our ghoulish kicks vicariously, by giving away tickets to see the acclaimed London stage production of gothic probate-horror story The Woman in Black.
The play, which has now been running for over 23 years in the West End, ‘gives audiences an evening of unremitting drama as they are transported into a terrifying and ghostly world’. Fans will recall that Susan Hill’s fictional solicitor Arthur Kipps has the posthumous client from hell – with an estate linked to the appearance of the eponymous Woman (who is much scarier on the stage than in the Daniel Radcliffe film). Put it this way: doing the due diligence on the paperwork for desolate and secluded Eel Marsh House isn’t an instruction Kipps should have taken on a fixed fee.
A pair of (Monday-Thursday) tickets goes to the reader with the best suggestion of a fictional or historic client whose affairs you would least like to sort out, and why. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.