Fortune Theatre

Russell Street, London, WC2B 5HH GB

The Woman in Black

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4.4/5 - based on 2049 reviews
  • Booking until: Saturday, 27 March 2021
  • Running time: 2 Hours (with a 15 min interval)
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About The Woman in Black

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. Latecomers will only be admitted at a suitable time in the performance.

Performance Times
  • Booking until: Saturday, 27 March 2021
  • Running time: 2 Hours (with a 15 min interval)
Mon - -
Tue 15:00 20:00
Wed - 20:00
Thu 15:00 20:00
Fri - 20:00
Sat 16:00 20:00
Sun - -

The Woman in Black description

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.

Next Performances for The Woman in Black at the Fortune Theatre

today18th Feb 2020 3:00pm

Russell Street, London, WC2B 5HH GB

The Woman in Black Cast
today18th Feb 2020 8:00pm

Russell Street, London, WC2B 5HH GB

The Woman in Black Cast
tomorrow19th Feb 2020 8:00pm

Russell Street, London, WC2B 5HH GB

The Woman in Black Cast
Thursday20th Feb 2020 3:00pm

Russell Street, London, WC2B 5HH GB

The Woman in Black Cast
Thursday20th Feb 2020 8:00pm

Russell Street, London, WC2B 5HH GB

The Woman in Black Cast
Friday21st Feb 2020 8:00pm

Russell Street, London, WC2B 5HH GB

The Woman in Black Cast

The Woman in Black reviews

4.4 out of 5 based on 2049 reviews

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Recommended for:

Anyone (49%)
Families (53%)
Teenagers (70%)
Couples (80%)
Theatregoers (89%)
Latest customer reviews
May
I had higher expectation. Only two vectors the entire show.

Could have been better. The second round was better.

Reviewed on 16 February 2020 by , London, United Kingdom

Kevin
Not so scary.

Felt a little let down by this show. The theme was weak and the entertainment value was low. Not one of the best in my opinion.

Reviewed on 14 February 2020 by , Sandbach, United Kingdom

Husam
Cool treatment brilliant performance terrible art direction

I enjoyed it and was invested in the story and plot the only thing that was shockingly cheap and unrightfully taking from the performance was the stage and the art direction .. just cheap

Reviewed on 13 February 2020 by , Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Hayley
Disappointing

The actors did their best to keep the evening from sinking without trace, unfortunately the first ten minutes were inaudible. The pace of light changes were sometimes interminable and lost any tension the actors may have managed to produce, and the final straw was when the secret door was flung open it revealed for pretty much everyone on the left of the auditorium, the lighting strip and the brick wall behind.

Reviewed on 09 February 2020 by , Barnes, United Kingdom

Sean
Suspenseful slowbuilding thriller with dynamic acting and setting

Reviewed on 04 February 2020 by , Wokingham, United Kingdom

Emma
Amazing

First time watching the show and it was unforgettable. Boyfriends favourite show but never seen in this theatre. He didn't stop smiling

Reviewed on 02 February 2020 by , Ramsgate, United Kingdom

Lyndsay
Fantastic!

When it started I wasn’t sure how it would play out but I really enjoyed it. A play within a play! Fantastic!

Reviewed on 02 February 2020 by , Weybridge, United Kingdom

Erin
Eery, gripping, and amazing performance!

This was the first professional play I’ve ever seen and I was in awe! The story was told so well, both actors were phenomenal, and I was satisfyingly spooked!!

Reviewed on 02 February 2020 by , Happy Valley - Goose Bay, Canada

Nicola
Not so scary

It's a ghost story but not as good as the last time we saw it as the acting let it down. Rather disappointing.

Reviewed on 01 February 2020 by , London, United Kingdom

Elise
Awful

Extremely boring show, 2 actors, minimal props would not recommend

Reviewed on 28 January 2020 by , Brentwood, United Kingdom

David
very entertaining

Reviewed on 26 January 2020 by , Whitchurch, United Kingdom

John
A cheaply staged, badly directed play that's not a shadow of its former self

The two actors try their best, and all credit to them, but the directing is amateurish and the production is cheapskate - as if it's been hurriedly cobbled together for tourists. Once this play was a West End classic. Now it cheats people who pay for their tickets in good faith.

Reviewed on 25 January 2020 by , London, United Kingdom

rachael
Fantastic and terrifying

Reviewed on 14 January 2020 by , Nr Rochester, United Kingdom

Daniel
Chillingly exciting!

Reviewed on 08 January 2020 by , Bexley, United Kingdom

Abigail

So good, second time seeing this on stage and never fails to amaze me! Acting is amazing, lighting really creates the atmosphere, always so good!

Reviewed on 06 January 2020 by , Brighton, United Kingdom

Madeleine
Fantastic production, gripping and scary.

Brilliant portrayal and adaptation of the book. It's a small theatre which adds to the ambience. My 13 year old daughter was clinging to my arm throughout the second act and absolutely loved it. I wouldn't take younger children, as it is dark and makes everyone jump on several occasions.

Reviewed on 05 January 2020 by , Slough, United Kingdom

Charlotte
Good, scary in parts, worth it for a cheap theatre trip

Slow to get going, but great acting. Simply put together and scary at times

Reviewed on 04 January 2020 by , London, United Kingdom

Dorothy
Snooze

Hard to follow, not in the least bit frightening. Cure for insomnia!

Reviewed on 03 January 2020 by , Bromley, United Kingdom

Debbie
Gripping theatre

Reviewed on 02 January 2020 by , Worthing, United Kingdom

Victoria
Brilliant at every level

Reviewed on 01 January 2020 by , Chislehurst, United Kingdom

GILRYAN
effective acting!!!

Reviewed on 31 December 2019 by , Lapu-lapu City, Philippines

Jill
Well acted and a great play...

Well acted and a great play...Worth seeing. My daughter is reading the book at school and thoroughly enjoyed it. Very well acted with only 2 actors throughout.

Reviewed on 30 December 2019 by , Aston, Nantwich, United Kingdom

Alice
Incredibly creative

Reviewed on 25 December 2019 by , Norwich, United Kingdom

Peter
Dreadful waste of time

Sadly I was massively disappointed with my visit to the fortune theatre and the show woman in black 3 actors with little more than 5 props and a fog machine - I felt the price I paid for the ticket was a huge rip off for what I was given ! Shame really it could be a good show if done right ! Sadly this isn't - the theatre itself is in very poor condition and you don't feel like you've been somewhere special - more like a amatuer dramatic performance ! Would not recommend to anyone

Reviewed on 22 December 2019 by , Feltham, United Kingdom

Claudia
Acting was superb

Reviewed on 21 December 2019 by , Singapore, Singapore

Maria
Very good show

Very good show The woman in Black (Perhaps could have had more actors)

Reviewed on 15 December 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

Peter
Very entertaining

Reviewed on 10 December 2019 by , St Johns Wood, United Kingdom

Bharti
A good thriller

It was abit slow in the first half but the second half more than made up for it. We loved the ending

Reviewed on 08 December 2019 by , Leicester, United Kingdom

christopher
Epic

Epic

Reviewed on 07 December 2019 by , Romford, United Kingdom

DENISE
SCARY WILL MAKE YOU JUMP

Not a show for a fun factor, but very good if you like ghosts. The story was followed very well.

Reviewed on 02 December 2019 by , Fiskerton, United Kingdom

Nicholas
Must see!

I’m not a regular theatre goer but this was very impressive and superb acting, fantastic!

Reviewed on 01 December 2019 by , Conwy, United Kingdom

Hazim
Decent theoretical experience

The introductory scene was quite longwinded. Mundane due to repetitiveness. The second part was satisfactory overall. Personally, I wouldn't recommend to others who are seeking for a thrilling experience.

Reviewed on 30 November 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

Cherlindrea
loved the use of lighting

Reviewed on 29 November 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

Gee
Spooky

Reviewed on 24 November 2019 by , Sandserstead, United Kingdom

Phil
Intense and suspenseful

A few shocking moments, but overall not scary as such. A brilliantly acted and intense performance which requires some concentration to work out who is who and who is playing which part at any given time. Only two actors (plus a non-speaking 'lady in black') playing various parts. Brilliant.

Reviewed on 24 November 2019 by , Scaynes Hill, United Kingdom

Fraser
Practiced imagination

Great show. Actors bring you in and keep you with them all the way through. The theatre is small and that adds to the atmosphere and keeps you feeling part of the performance throughout.

Reviewed on 21 November 2019 by , Banff, United Kingdom

stephen
Great play

I went with my girlfriend the theatre was smaller than I thought. However that was great, it made the experience all the better we were had a great view of the play. I was not expecting a two man show which was brilliant I’ve never seen that before, both of the actors put on a fantastic performance and they really drag you into the play. I cannot fault it and would recommend this to anyone.

Reviewed on 21 November 2019 by , Epsom, United Kingdom

Saba
Adorable

Perhaps less terrifying than it is very funny! Loved both the actors, they did so great. I love how much of the play was just pure imagination. The dog! The carriages! This was a fantastic experience. Loads of kids in the audience today, they got a lot of little thrills, sort of fun to hear their reactions.

Reviewed on 12 November 2019 by , Woodland, United States Of America

Catherine
Creative and scary

Reviewed on 03 November 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

Previna
Scary and imaginative

Brilliant adaptation of the book , sound lighting and special effects were brilliant. My teenage kids loved the show especially as the scary bits caught them by surprise every time.

Reviewed on 31 October 2019 by , New Malden, United Kingdom

Adriana
Very entertainig show

Reviewed on 30 October 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

Sian
Fabulous

Reviewed on 30 October 2019 by , Small Dole, United Kingdom

Richard
Second time; still great

Even though we’d seen the play previously, we still got taken by surprise at “those” moments! Our guests loved it too

Reviewed on 27 October 2019 by , Fleet, United Kingdom

David
Atmospheric

Very enjoyable and entertaining play. Well acted and kept my attention throughout. Word of warning: the ladies’ toilets are few in number and absolutely tiny.

Reviewed on 25 October 2019 by , Bolton, United Kingdom

karen
Intriguing portrayal

Reviewed on 24 October 2019 by , Hartfield, United Kingdom

Sandra
Fantastica

Reviewed on 23 October 2019 by , Cambridge, United Kingdom

Veronica
Exceptional!

Reviewed on 23 October 2019 by , Mitcham, United Kingdom

Joanna
Fantastic!!!

Mesmerising performances 🎭 absolutely loved the show from start to finish. My heart is still racing 😱 great theatre and brilliant staff. Thank you 🙏

Reviewed on 22 October 2019 by , Preston, United Kingdom

Rosie
BEWARE!

Not for those of a nervous disposition! Starts quietly comic, but tension builds as the story unfolds to a dramatic end...

Reviewed on 22 October 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

Simon
First play I’ve really been to, and after watching this I’ll definitely be going back to the theatre!

Booked for our anniversary. Having never been to see a play other than Shakespeare when I was at school I wasn’t sure if I’d enjoy it, but it was great, the two actors did a superb job and even though it’s a small theatre with only two actors and a relatively minimal set, they really managed to create an atmosphere. Thoroughly enjoyed myself and it’s convinced me I should return to London to try other plays.

Reviewed on 20 October 2019 by , Wellingborough, United Kingdom

Angela
Scary

Show was great. I phoned the London box office to upgrade our seats but was told they weren’t exchangeable which I found very frustrating and very unusual given we wanted to give more money

Reviewed on 19 October 2019 by , Barnsley, United Kingdom

Paraskevi
Dated scare tactics

Reviewed on 18 October 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

Antoine
waw

Reviewed on 16 October 2019 by , Luton, United Kingdom

Rohini
Exceptional performance

I have seen the woman in black before with a different climax. That was scarier but this performance was great too. 30 years and counting. Best of luck!

Reviewed on 14 October 2019 by , Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Alicia

A brilliant show. Well acted, superbly executed and an absolute must see for anyone that enjoys a great story!

Reviewed on 11 October 2019 by , Bath, United Kingdom

Charles
Best scare ever

Reviewed on 02 October 2019 by , Sutton, United Kingdom

Becky
Still shaking

Much to the amusement of my daughter and mother, I found this experience to be genuinely unnerving. Wishing I had taken a comfort blanket with me!!!!

Reviewed on 01 October 2019 by , Benfleet, United Kingdom

Paul
Fantastic!

Having seen the film I booked this for my wife’s Birthday knowing she loved the film version. Absolutely brilliant, the acting was first class and the time flew past as we, like the rest of the audience were totally engaged with the performance. Brilliant acting, well delivered and we would definitely recommend this to anyone.

Reviewed on 29 September 2019 by , Maidstone, United Kingdom

Jake
Thrilling show

Great show, wonderful acting and definitely made e everyone turn their back regularly...only people that have seen it will know what this means. Highly recommended@

Reviewed on 29 September 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

Alexios
Extraordinary acting

Reviewed on 28 September 2019 by , Drama, Greece

Amanda
Imaginitive

Absolute amazing performance by two brilliant actors

Reviewed on 28 September 2019 by , Tallaght, Ireland

Susan
Excellent atmospheric performance with minimum props...

Reviewed on 26 September 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

Tracy
Evening of fabulous theatre and acting

Reviewed on 26 September 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

Cristian
Excelente performance!

Reviewed on 25 September 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

Michael
Great

Reviewed on 20 September 2019 by , Leamington Spa, United Kingdom

Bhairavi
Great play for all (except kids ofc!)

Reviewed on 18 September 2019 by , Harrow, United Kingdom

Tye

Great show and great acting. Disappointed with the audience - full classes of school children laughing throughout what should be a scary performance. Constructive feedback; too much time spent on the intro.

Reviewed on 17 September 2019 by , Grays, United Kingdom

Sara
Fantastic!

Reviewed on 17 September 2019 by , Condover, United Kingdom

Hannah
Old fashioned story telling.

Really clever and well put together. Actors were great, really enjoyed it.

Reviewed on 15 September 2019 by , High Wycombe, United Kingdom

Mark
A fantastic experience

We really enjoyed “The Woman in Black”. The acting was top notch and the storyline really captivated us. The spooky moments added to the overall experience.

Reviewed on 15 September 2019 by , Merseyside, United Kingdom

Katie
Woman in black

Reviewed on 14 September 2019 by , Bedford, United Kingdom

Alessandra
A must see!

Reviewed on 13 September 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

Orna
My expectations has fallen....

The first act was boring, no microphone so you can't hear properly. Only to actors that change characters.. hard to follow especially if you are not an English native speaker. The only action in the play was the scary parts and even then I felt that all the screaming were exaggerated! All my family fell asleep.. Waste of time and money as a tourist

Reviewed on 11 September 2019 by , Beer Yaacov, Israel

Ross
My daughter (13) loved this show

Reviewed on 08 September 2019 by , Buntingford, United Kingdom

Evelyn
Outstanding

Reviewed on 07 September 2019 by , Kobble Creek, Australia

Kuljit
A MUST SEE!!

Reviewed on 05 September 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

Nicholas
Theatregoer beware, you’re in for a scare.

Wonderful play and story for any and all, especially those who like the occasional scare, hairs on your arm standing and chilling sensation down your spine.

Reviewed on 04 September 2019 by , Enfield, United Kingdom

Rachelle
Clever old style thriller

In the true style if a thriller, this clever production manages to capture your imagination with minimal cast, staging and effects. Slow to setup, the second act literally had audience gasping and shrieking. Enjoy!

Reviewed on 01 September 2019 by , Hunters Hill, Australia

Sandra
Good old fashioned ghost story

Reviewed on 31 August 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

Steven
Brilliant must see

Reviewed on 30 August 2019 by , Gravesend, United Kingdom

Tina
Performance Outstanding

We had seen the show on tour in our local theatre and thought it was brilliant. The acting was outstanding, allowing you to us your imagination. The actors brought the story to life, with humour and emotion. I cannot praise the actors enough they were brilliant. The staging was so atmospheric which added to the tension and suspense. The theatre is small and felt you had your own private showing. I recommend highly.

Reviewed on 28 August 2019 by , Canterbury, United Kingdom

Mandy
Excellent

Thoroughly enjoyed the show. I had heard that this play was very scary, my daughter clung to my arm like a limpet throughout but I didn’t find it scary other than it made you jump a few times. Great acting and very clever in the way it was presented ie one actor playing several roles although I did get confused a couple of times as to whether we were in the past or the present day. Wouldn’t recommend for anybody under about 15.

Reviewed on 28 August 2019 by , Grimsby, United Kingdom

Montserrat
Spooky and funny

Although this is a spooky story, it has funny moments. The story is very well told and performed.

Reviewed on 24 August 2019 by , Cheam, United Kingdom

Miss
A real performance

Not sure what to expect at first, but was honestly one of the best shows we've been to. Credit to the two actors for showing what could be done with a few props and dramatic lighting. Really well told story. 10/10 well done. (Btw there was no music, hence the score)

Reviewed on 21 August 2019 by , Bacup, United Kingdom

Martin
Creative

Reviewed on 18 August 2019 by , Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom

simon

The show was amazing very well acted and a great atmospheric show

Reviewed on 18 August 2019 by , Croydon, United Kingdom

Jean
Excellent performances.

Reviewed on 17 August 2019 by , Bexley, United Kingdom

Govinder
Great acting!

Reviewed on 17 August 2019 by , High Wycombe, United Kingdom

Marco
Best of both, humorous and dark.

It was excellent, gripping till the very end and simply amazing how the cast is only 2/3 people.

Reviewed on 14 August 2019 by , Chorleywood, United Kingdom

Ben
Average.

This show had good acting. However I didn’t like the fact there were only 2 people showing lots of different characters. Confused me with what was going on.

Reviewed on 11 August 2019 by , Bedford, United Kingdom

christopher
Very entertaining

Reviewed on 10 August 2019 by , Erith, United Kingdom

cedric
Suspenseful

A great story which has some great twists and turns

Reviewed on 10 August 2019 by , Gravesend, United Kingdom

Graham
Wonderfully inventive

This is a scary encounter. I wouldn’t take small children. They will have difficulty sleeping afterwards! This is a clever adaptation of a great yarn. It entertains, compels, and absorbs you. Thoroughly clever, and worthwhile. Don’t share the secrets of the show!

Reviewed on 09 August 2019 by , Beaumaris, Australia

Sunil

Suspense builds slowly but then hits you and before you know it you are caught up in the nightmare. Absolutely brilliant performances. My kids loved it.

Reviewed on 07 August 2019 by , Gerrards Cross, United Kingdom

Steve
Goodbirthday treat

Reviewed on 04 August 2019 by , Worksop, United Kingdom

Maryam
A story within a story

First half an hour dragged a bit, a lot of unnecessary backstory, I wish there was more actually on the scary story part of it as opposed to the two people telling the story.

Reviewed on 01 August 2019 by , Luton, United Kingdom

Dawn
a memorable experience!

I liked the show because of the acting amazing performances a suspenseful atmosphere!

Reviewed on 31 July 2019 by , Westerham Hill, United Kingdom

William
Fun story and a clever concept based on the classic book

Reviewed on 30 July 2019 by , Asker, Norway

Manvir
Not your average show. Definitely recommend!

Reviewed on 29 July 2019 by , Essex, United Kingdom

Amanda
Entertaining little play

Very good use of sound effects and lighting and of course the script to build suspense Enjoyable and not too long Theatre very small and could use some more ladies toilets but clean and friendly staff

Reviewed on 28 July 2019 by , Epsom, United Kingdom

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