Fortune Theatre

Russell Street, London, WC2B 5HH GB

The Woman in Black
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The Woman in Black Tickets

4.3/5
based on 1354 reviews

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Booking from: Thursday, 1 June 1989

Booking until: Saturday, 3 March 2018

Running time: 2 hours

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Age restrictions

The Woman in Black is on the National Curriculum for English and Drama, so some performances (especially matinees and on weekdays) are likely to have school groups in attendance.

Important Information

This play is not suitable for those with a nervous disposition or who cannot handle sudden shocks. Please be advised that there is a large possibility of school groups being present at The Woman In Black, especially for Monday to Thursday performances.


Booking from:
Thursday, 1 June 1989

Booking until:
Saturday, 3 March 2018

Running time:
2 hours

The Woman in Black, a super-spooky gothic horror story

The Woman in Black is based on the 1983 book by Susan Hill. Stephen Mallatrat, who adapted the book for the stage, read the book on a beach in Greece, in the bright, unthreatening sunshine, but still found it an uncomfortable and disturbing experience. A classic in the making with a 1989 film version behind it as well as the 2012 movie, it’s guaranteed to give you a thrill you’re unlikely to forget in a hurry… so much so that some audience members find themselves leaving the lights on a home for weeks afterwards!

The Woman in Black – The story

The play kicks off with a funeral, which sets the tone for the rest of the play. Your worst fears will become reality as the story proceeds, telling the tale of junior solicitor Arthur Kipps and his experiences in spooky Eel Marsh House, where he spots a mysterious woman wearing black. He’s certain he really has seen her. But nobody else will admit she is there, and they won’t tell him who she is. As the story unwinds and Arthur sorts out his deceased client’s affairs, spooky incidents occur.

If you’ve ever sat around in the dark telling ghost stories, you’ll be familiar with the feeling of dread that watching The Woman in Black brings. But it’s far from being an ordinary, everyday horror story. This play is much more subtle and your fears are all in your mind… which somehow makes it worse. There’s no gore to speak of. Just a growing sense of tension and horror as you’re drawn in to the strange world of Eel Marsh House and the mystery inexorably unravels.

Tense and exciting, The Woman in Black is in its third decade on the West End and still thrills audiences from all over the world. Everyone enjoys a good scare and this production delivers time after time. It’s eerie. It’s dark. And it’s proving to be a massive on-going hit, with more than seven million of us enjoying the thrills it delivers since its first showing. Directed by Robin Herford with lighting by Kevin Sleep and produced by PW Productions, it’s an all-time theatre classic in the making.

The Woman in Black theatre tickets

This play isn’t a good idea if you have a nervous disposition or dislike unexpected shocks. But you can safely take your children along, safe in the knowledge that they won’t see anything unsuitably gruesome. We offer great seat and ticket availability with an excellent choice of seat options, with premium and full price tickets as well as discount The Woman in Black tickets – there’s something for every budget.

This play is not suitable for those with a nervous disposition or who cannot handle sudden shocks. Please be advised that there is a large possibility of school groups being present at The Woman In Black, especially for Monday to Thursday performances.

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Press Reviews

Don't go unless you like being scared out of your wits Sunday Mirror

A marvellous exercise in spine tingling tension, spun from perfectly paced storytelling and stagecraft......it's a cracker. The Independent

A truly nerve-shredding experience The Daily Mail

The most brilliantly effective spine chiller you will ever encounter...If you haven't seen this show yet you are missing a treat The Daily Telegraph

Customer Reviews

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Anyone:
48%
Families:
51%
Teenagers:
69%
Couples:
79%
Theatregoers:
89%

based on 1354 reviews

On the edge of my seat the whole time !

It was amazing and the acting omg ! I was on the edge of my seat the whole show!! Some good jumps ! Would 100% recommend!


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Who thought a play could be scary

Simply fantastic show, never though a play could make an audience jump and scream, 10/10


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Spooky

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Gripping and entertaining

I was a real theatre sceptic..... until I saw this! A fantastic take on the story. The atmosphere created by the 'two' actors was finominal. Best Ng such close proximity to the stage really helped. The lighting effect added to the tension the actors created. Be prepared to jump out your seat from time to time!


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A good night out

Tickets pricey- even though lots of empty seats


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Engaging throughout

Good show, really enjoyed it. Visitors should know it's a small theatre which is great for seeing detailed expressions. Would definitely recommend it.


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If you want a change from feel good musicals, and enjoy a bit of tension, edge of your seat stuff and being being frightened out of your wits, then this is just what you're looking for. The acting is brilliant!


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A Must see Ghost Story

The story is so differently put from the film. The acting was first class and funny at stages. It had me on edge of my seat. Brilliant. Thank you


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Very entertaining and varied really enjoyable

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engaging, creative, simple

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A must see!

Good story, great acting. Would go again.


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Terrifying, but soooo good!

I loved how intense and dramatic it was. The two actors were amazing at making it seem real. The lighting and sound effects (what I rated as music) also added to the atmosphere perfectly. It was amazing.


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Terrifyingly brilliant

Second time seeing the show, this time with my partner and it was his first time at a theatre ever and he loved it! Such an amazing experience!


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Small theatre and toilets tiny but forget all that as the acting and affects are amazing! Great alternative if a musical not for you.


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Excellent show!

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Clever, compelling and really good fun.

An excellent Way to present the story. Two actors really held the audiences attention, they were amazing! There were a couple of really spooky moments where everybody jumped and then laughed at themselves and a nice little twist at the end.


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Garbage

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Brilliantly performed , edgy but needed to be more scary :-)


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Very good

Very dark and eerie . Thrilling and imaginative really enjoyed it .


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Enjoyable

Very engaging for a show with only 2 cast members (3 including the woman in black). This was my first show and I thoroughly enjoyed it.


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Thought provoking

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Clever Story Telling

Great production making you use your imagination as every great ghost story should. Very cleverly done!


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Wasn't my cuppa of tea

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Very exciting and brilliantly acted

Be prepared to jump in shock


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Shit

Never again. Wouldn't even recommend this show to my worst enemy


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She's certainly freightening

The story withheld importance for me throughout, and the set was enticing with surprises throughout. The lighting had an immense effect on us as an audience, evoking tension and provoking unintentional fear within myself as I would be looking out at the shadows and around the set for the woman in black to show an appearance a lot of the time. Well worth the money.


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Creative take on gothic horror

Both my wife and I read Susan Hill's book in the 80s and enjoyed it. I guess careers and families had got in the way of us coming to see the show until now. The Fortune Theatre is a tiny, shabby-chic gem of a venue, with limited facilities made up for by the attentive staff. The play itself is a delightful, imaginative and streamlined way of telling the story with great impact, helped along with the energy and panache of The Actor neatly offsetting the stumbling diffidence of Arthur Cripps. I love that we need to use our imaginations and love the shocks along the way. Well done on keeping it fresh for so many decades.


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Lots of fun, with talented cast

Wouldn't consider the show as 'terrifying' as I had heard from other reviews, but still lots of jumpy parts and a great, eerie atmosphere. Great storyline and also funny in some parts. Very talented actors, I would definitely recommend this show to others!


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Good, but not great!

Me and my partner were very excited to see the show as we had read lots of reviews. We appreciate the art of theatre acting and the effort that has gone into the show however we were left a little underwhelmed. We think it would be very appreciated by hardcore theatre goers, but for the general public not so much. The actors were good, amusing and clearly passionate but there were few frightening parts and the first half dragged a little. We were expecting a more gripping story, more jumpy moments, more tension and a little more production value whereas we experienced a show that needed the viewer to imagine almost everything. Appreciated the show for what it was, but wouldn't go again.


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phenominal

Really cool production, so engaging, and exciting. Loved it.


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Brilliant

This was a truly great evening would recommend


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Spine-chilling! We loved it.

If like me (the first time I saw the show) you thought you couldn't feel scared sitting in a theatre then think again. The story is excellent and the staging, lighting and acting all create a truly chilling atmosphere. I don't remember them switching back to the original characters so often the first time I saw it - but still absolutely loved it. Nerves were jangly all way home. An excellent show and actors were all fantastic.


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Excitement amazing astronomical AAA

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Excellent - spooky !

The play was excellent, very well acted and definitely made you jump a few times!


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A must see

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Brilliant ! Loved it

Brilliant! Fantastic acting . My husband and I really enjoyed this show and would definitely go and see it again . We had seats in the stalls K14-K15 would've been great views unfortunately I had a very tall man sitting directly in front of me which spoiled it for me.


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Subtle but scary, loved it!

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Very good actors with an interesting story


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Great acting

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Very fun

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Great acting, good story, might be too much for younger visitors

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EXCELLENT PLAY

Good acting, good story, well performed, excellent adaptation of the book. Saw this play some years ago, as good as I remembered it! Would certainly recommend seeing it, as I have done to others in the past, all of whom stated that they enjoyed it.


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fine performance by two actors and a ghost

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Edge of your seat

Took my daughter who is studying the book at school. I hadn't read it and knew nothing about the story except that it was scary! Thought the acting was great. I was gripped all the way through. Such great staging and use of simple light and sound effects to keep us on the edge of our seats. Highly recommended.


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Be prepared

Good story two very committed actors great dialogue


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Funnier than expected, jumpy, rather than scary

Glad to have seen it. Loved the performances, i would say it's funny-first, scary second. But even then, less scary, rather jumpy. Solidly enjoyable.


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Brilliant

Thoroughly entertaining. Great acting.


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Good Story

Bit slow to start but very good acting overcame that and all in all a great show to see


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Excellent

Great show, great acting. Staff excellent and lovely theatre.


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Suspenseful

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An enduring play of special qualities and atmosphere

We saw the play yesterday having seen it before at the Fortune Theatre in 1990 with Michael Siberry and Jon Strickland playing the parts. The script is brilliant in the way it draws you into the story and enables you to use your imagination to be in the various scenes and places with great atmosphere. The acting by Stuart Fox & Joseph Chance, as before all those years ago, was quite superb and the scariness just as real.


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Excellent well acted play with some good scares

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Suspenseful

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Very uncomfortable seats. Could not relax and enjoy the performance as the lack of leg room and discomfort was distracting!


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Surprisingly scary

Starts slowly but don't let that put you off. Lots of genuinely scary moments. Fantastic performances from the two leads


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A must see

The show was very good and made a few ppl scream. Would have enjoyed the show much more if the legroom with our seats we better knees hitting against the ledge the whole time and we fidgeted the whole time though out show which was such a shame after spending hard earned money on what we thought would be good sits with good view.


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very atmospheric

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Interesting!

I didn't like the scare aspect of it (I knew it was going to be scary but even for me it was a little too much). But the acting was incredible and it was really clever how they told an entire story with just two people.


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A must see

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Some of the best acting I have ever seen!

Not only did the show stay true to the horror story and ominous atmosphere, the show was carried some of the most magnificent actors on stage I have ever seen! It was amazing. They seamlessly transitioned between each of their numerous characters and time periods and immersed you into their terrifying experiences. This made the unexpected jumps and scary moments that much more impactful. Thank you for the wonderful show, I could not have asked for a better performance!


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Be ready !

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Slow

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Scarey!

I was impressed by the ability of two actors and a simple stage to provide a spine chilling play!


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Scary afternoon

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Scary and well acted

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Must see really good fun

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Excellent

Really enjoyed it - Stuart Fox's (Mr kipps) performance was excellent. The show is terrifying in the best of ways. Highly recommended.


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Must see

Amazing!!!


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Wonderful first experience at the theatre

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A screamingly good play.

From start to finish "The Woman in Black" had us laughing, jumping and screaming all the way through. The cast although small, were brilliant! A great performance all the way.


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left at half time didn't like the fact from the start it was ment to be a horror and from the first start was tryed to be made in to a comedy . Poor props one item being used for every thing . Eg desk, horse cart


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Thg

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Must see

Brilliant show. Excellent acting..atmosphere and intimate experience. Very much enjoyed this..thanks


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Gripping

Thoroughly enjoyed this play. Excellent acting. I found it very scary


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Really good show

Good story line and acting


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Well worth seeing.

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Fantastic

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Russell Street, London, WC2B 5HH GB

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  • Air conditioned
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Theatre Info

  • Capacity: 440
  • Year built: 1924

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