Fortune Theatre

Russell Street, London, WC2B 5HH GB

The Woman in Black

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4.4/5 - based on 2067 reviews
  • Booking until: Saturday, 2 April 2022
  • 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

We hope you enjoy your trip to the theatre, but need to make sure you, our staff and the rest of the audience are safe. Upon arrival, as well as your eTickets, all members of your party over the age of 18 must demonstrate their Covid-19 status to gain entry in ONE of the following ways:

  • Full vaccination (first and second dose), and with the second dose administered at least 14 days before your visit; or
  • A negative lateral flow test taken within 48 hours of your visit; or
  • Proof of natural immunity (positive PCR test within the last six months, after self-isolation has ended and up to 180 days after taking the test).

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, 2 April 2022
  • 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.

The Woman in Black reviews

4.4 out of 5 based on 2067 reviews

What to expect:


Recommended for:

Anyone (49%)
Families (52%)
Teenagers (70%)
Couples (80%)
Theatregoers (89%)
Latest customer reviews
Exceptional acting.

Reviewed on 14 March 2020 by , Newbury, United Kingdom

Just good fun.

Reviewed on 13 March 2020 by , Sacramento, United States Of America


So good, amazing actors.

Reviewed on 11 March 2020 by , Trowbridge, United Kingdom

A must see masterpiece

Second time seeing this wonderful play and production. From set, lights, sound effects, props and actors were top drawer. This suspenseful ghost story will make you want to see this play again and again.

Reviewed on 08 March 2020 by , Ballyhaunis, Ireland


Very good show however surrounded by schoolchildren who kept talking. Fortunately the theatre staff were able to move us at the interval. Some of the children were removed from the theatre.

Reviewed on 04 March 2020 by , Cheltenham, United Kingdom

Tense and Sinister

Reviewed on 28 February 2020 by , Instow, United Kingdom

Well acted....great story telling....but missed a trick

The acting was fantastic and the story telling was superb. We live in a generation of high tech and special effects and I like the fact you had to use your imagination to create the scenes in your mind as the sets where very basic. In that respects, it is pretty much like reading the book, your mind fills in the gaps , so when you go along dont expect anything like the film. I had read lots of reviews of people being so scared that they had to walk out, so I was expecting alot.I did jump and scream along with the school children a few times (do expect lots of screaming teenagers if you go)...but I do think that it could of been scarier. Maybe the woman in black sitting next to an audience member of something? It did have its moments...but by far the acting held the atmosphere together.

Reviewed on 27 February 2020 by , Hertfordshire, United Kingdom

intriguing story

Reviewed on 27 February 2020 by , Northolt, United Kingdom


Exceptional acting from just 2 actors is a must see

Reviewed on 25 February 2020 by , Chesterfield, United Kingdom

Fabulous performance of a staple show: a “must see” for any serious theatre goer!

Reviewed on 23 February 2020 by , Aldershot, United Kingdom


Loved the production. The actors were great & really drew us into their performance.

Reviewed on 23 February 2020 by , London, United Kingdom


Reviewed on 22 February 2020 by , Huntingdon, United Kingdom

Pretty basic

Reviewed on 22 February 2020 by , Luton, United Kingdom


The acting was good, but I’m incredibly disappointed in what I paid for. The story line was below average, and I just don’t understand all the reviews saying it was scary, terrifying, gripping, intense, etc. There wasn’t much to it at all. An hour was spent focusing on the fact that the man wanted to tell his story of events that happened. If I’d never been to the theatre before this would’ve put me off going again. Not to mention that the seats were so uncomfortable and you have more leg room on a plane. Also £5 for a small tub of pic n mix and £3.50 for a bottle of coke.. wow.

Reviewed on 22 February 2020 by , London, United Kingdom

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

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

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


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

Suspenseful slowbuilding thriller with dynamic acting and setting

Reviewed on 04 February 2020 by , Wokingham, United Kingdom


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


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

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

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


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

Reviewed on 28 January 2020 by , Brentwood, United Kingdom

very entertaining

Reviewed on 26 January 2020 by , Whitchurch, United Kingdom

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

Fantastic and terrifying

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

Chillingly exciting!

Reviewed on 08 January 2020 by , Bexley, United Kingdom


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

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

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


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

Reviewed on 03 January 2020 by , Bromley, United Kingdom

Gripping theatre

Reviewed on 02 January 2020 by , Worthing, United Kingdom

Brilliant at every level

Reviewed on 01 January 2020 by , Chislehurst, United Kingdom

effective acting!!!

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

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

Incredibly creative

Reviewed on 25 December 2019 by , Norwich, United Kingdom

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

Acting was superb

Reviewed on 21 December 2019 by , Singapore, Singapore

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

Very entertaining

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

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



Reviewed on 07 December 2019 by , Romford, United Kingdom


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

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

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

loved the use of lighting

Reviewed on 29 November 2019 by , London, United Kingdom


Reviewed on 24 November 2019 by , Sandserstead, United Kingdom

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

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

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


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

Creative and scary

Reviewed on 03 November 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

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

Very entertainig show

Reviewed on 30 October 2019 by , London, United Kingdom


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

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


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

Intriguing portrayal

Reviewed on 24 October 2019 by , Hartfield, United Kingdom


Reviewed on 23 October 2019 by , Cambridge, United Kingdom


Reviewed on 23 October 2019 by , Mitcham, United Kingdom


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


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

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


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

Dated scare tactics

Reviewed on 18 October 2019 by , London, United Kingdom


Reviewed on 16 October 2019 by , Luton, United Kingdom

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


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

Best scare ever

Reviewed on 02 October 2019 by , Sutton, United Kingdom

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


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

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

Extraordinary acting

Reviewed on 28 September 2019 by , Drama, Greece


Absolute amazing performance by two brilliant actors

Reviewed on 28 September 2019 by , Tallaght, Ireland

Excellent atmospheric performance with minimum props...

Reviewed on 26 September 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

Evening of fabulous theatre and acting

Reviewed on 26 September 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

Excelente performance!

Reviewed on 25 September 2019 by , London, United Kingdom


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

Great play for all (except kids ofc!)

Reviewed on 18 September 2019 by , Harrow, United Kingdom


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


Reviewed on 17 September 2019 by , Condover, United Kingdom

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

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

Woman in black

Reviewed on 14 September 2019 by , Bedford, United Kingdom

A must see!

Reviewed on 13 September 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

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

My daughter (13) loved this show

Reviewed on 08 September 2019 by , Buntingford, United Kingdom


Reviewed on 07 September 2019 by , Kobble Creek, Australia


Reviewed on 05 September 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

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

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

Good old fashioned ghost story

Reviewed on 31 August 2019 by , London, United Kingdom

Brilliant must see

Reviewed on 30 August 2019 by , Gravesend, United Kingdom

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


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

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

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


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


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

Reviewed on 18 August 2019 by , Croydon, United Kingdom

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Woman In Black Poster Update for The Woman in Black at the Fortune Theatre

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