Fortune Theatre

Russell Street, London, WC2B 5HH GB

The Woman in Black
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Booking from: Thursday, 1 June 1989

Booking until: Saturday, 23 September 2017

Running time: 2 hours

Was £27.50 Now £22.00
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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, 23 September 2017

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

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Anyone:
48%
Families:
51%
Teenagers:
70%
Couples:
79%
Theatregoers:
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based on 1223 reviews

Not too scary

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Creative

A real thrill of horror and entertainment at its very best. A delicious spell of malevolence and menace.


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A good watch, worth every shilling

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Absolutely amazing

It was such a fantastic show, and the actors were phenomenal. They captivated the audience and were gripping right til the end. Couldn't praise highly enough!


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Scary in a good way!

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Must see thriller!

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must see!!!

"The Woman in Black" is simply amazing! The actors are highly talented, the plot is carefully structured and the show fits very well within the theater. I definitely recommend watching it!


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A unique experience

Love this show. Have now seen it four times. It is a unique production full of intrigue and suspense. Always extremely well acted. Wouldn't recommend for young children or anyone easily scared!. Best experience overall in my opinion is from the stalls.


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Creative, intimate and of course, scary!

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Great story; great acting - hard to review better!

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Fantastic actors

Really enjoyed the show, only 2 actors but they were amazing. Would recommend


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Keeps you on your toes!

Very well done and immensely enjoyable.


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Old School

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Good but not so scary!

We enjoyed this play on New Year's Eve - matinee performance. Very well acted and great state work with the props, etc.. Had expected the play to be more spooky and a heart stopper but was sadly disappointed, much more comedy than chilling!


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Women In Black

Very good show. Well preformed and always good to get a scream from the audience. Possibly not for the faint hearted and still in trouble with my partner saying it was a thriller where she called it a horror. I still say its a thriller. Seat leg room is limited so if you are tall like me book a seat on the end. Ice creams expensive but then they always are. Just two guys and one lady keeping one on the edge of ones seat. Go and see for yourself.


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Cheap

No money spent on the show at all. Two actors played every role. 2 props the entire show. Awful, boring, waste of money


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Fantastic play

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The Woman in Wow!

This was a fantastic stage show performed by some very talented actors. An interesting story, with plenty of mystery and intrigue that makes the 2 hour run time fly by.


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Oversold

It was actually an interesting play. I liked the creativity. I really wish it hadn't been sold as such a terrifying piece, as I found myself critiquing the play based on it's fear factor rather than just as a piece of theatre. One usher actually told me he'd seen grown men cry. Ridiculous. A few lovely shivers, but I've been to scarier church services.


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Spooky, imaginative and clever!

Wonderful theatre! The acting was brilliant, sound effects and lighting werr spot on.


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Must see!

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Brilliant storytelling and atmosphere

Skilled actiing by the small cast brought this ghost story to life. Genuinely very creepy at times, I wouldn't recommend it for children under 12 Lovely little theatre but our seats were very cramped.


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Scary

Fantastic piece of theatre. We were suitably petrified and would recommend to any thriller junkie. Much better than the film.


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Brilliantly told by 2 actors

We thoroughly enjoyed the show and our seats were great.


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Woman in black

Great night out in the theatre , wasn't as scary as the write up suggested, well acted and illustrated


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An acting masterclass

Great story telling couples with a brilliant performance. Hard to believe that just two people on stage could captivate the audience in such a consuming manner. Thoroughly enjoyed it.


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Entirely predictable in a very uncomfortable seat.

I realise I'm not in the majority on this, but what other people found suspenseful I found dull, and what other people thought was an unexpected twist I realised the instant it was introduced. I'm not the only one who felt this way--the family in front of us left at intermission. What made it worse was that I'd bought what I thought were decent seats in the upper circle--but the upper circle was closed for that performance and instead I had the most stage right seat in the next to back row of the lower circle--which I was told was an 'upgrade'--and at intermission I was offered a seat that wasn't much better. There's no legroom where I was and it was a pretty unpleasant experience for me. My view of the stage was barely acceptable--when the Woman in Black appeared the first time I almost missed her entirely. (This form requires me to fill in a rating for music, but there wasn't any at all.)


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Fabulous

Loved the show but felt it could have been a bit more scary. I wish woman black appeared more. I was glad I was in the stalls as would have found it hard to hear if further away My children sat in stalls row c and the fog was fine as a lot of reviews said avoid first few rows but not a problem Although would find my ne k would have ached if in row a or b


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A Spectre and A Feast

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Gripping and effectively terrifying.

Created using minimal sets, the suspense of Woman in black was amazing. Perfectly suited to the small Gortune Theatre venue. A MUST see.


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must see

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A very pleasant show

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Woman in black

The actors did a good job as there was only two of them. Would not be a show to recommend if English was not your first language, all dialogue and plot might be difficult to follow


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Fully immersive

It's just incredible what they were able to do that night. With just three actors it is incredibly easy to forget that this is a serious play, with a lot going on behind the scenes. So you're caught off-guard and completely consumed by the play. Incredible performances! I'd recommend it to absolutely anyone


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Boring

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Brilliant actors

Lovely old theatre adds to the atmosphere


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Wonderful traditional story-telling

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Great story but felt like actors were rushing through it...

This is the third time I have seen WIB. It is a brilliant play and have always been blown away buy the clever use of props and sound considering there are only two actors plus the genuinely chilling story.... However this time around was flat and disappointing. OK show overall but the actors made the first half too comedic (which I understand is a strategy to lull the audience into a sense of security before it gets very scary) but the audience were confused by this and were laughing at inappropriate moments as I think they weren't sure if it was a horror or comedy they were watching. This broke the atmosphere and distracted from the excellence of the twisting story. The actors were good (particularly the "real" Mr Kipps") however the younger actor read the lines like a newscaster or Radio 4 satirist and played the character far too "big" with no change of pace... Which was a shame as this character narrates pretty much the whole story and so his misjudged delivery disconnected the audience instead of drawing them in and engaging their imagination - which is totally vital for this play to make sense. The WIB is a brilliant play and so it was a shame to see this version where the actors seemed to be rushing through it. The slow and overly comedic first half left the audience out of pace and confused for the second half.


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Well played

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Spine tingling, a classic thriller even after all this time

Don't come in if you are faint hearted


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Very scarey

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very cleverly executed

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A two man wonder!

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Very impressed

Been meaning for years to see this show, managed to do it last night, it was everything I hoped. Great story and cast, wonderfully compelling, thanks for a great experience.


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Wonderful interpretation!

Loved the lighting and the effects. Great actors both of them.


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Great show, would recommend

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Great title, very intriguing.

Excellent, wonderful interaction between actors, with a very interesting exchange of characters together with the playing of additional characters to help tell the story. The build up to the end and leaving the audience imagine a very devastating ending for "the actor", leaves the audience in suspense.


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Check under your bed

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Quite dull and not at all scary

The dullest show I have seen in London. The acting is ok but positioning the show as scary is completely ridiculous and the story itself is ruined by the constant back and forth and a rush to the conclusion of suspense.


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seen this show many times and it never fails to thrill. Incredible what they do with minimalist scenery and brilliant sound and atmosphere.


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Transformed

Older actor was very good and felt as though he was carrying the younger actor through the performance. Would highly recommend even if you think you won't like this type of this as it has a lot of humour in it to which was good and helped keep the scary topic quite light in the first half to make it more of a climax in the second half. Stayed engaged throughout. Loved the opening of the show.


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Haunting!

Very intimate setting, great views no matter where you sit, thrilling story within a story , utterly brilliant and scary! There should be a sequel to this story , part 2! , a must see !!


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Wonderful performance and a little scary story

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good acting

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But that scary

Great acting, a story for halllween


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Fun and scary

Amazing acting. A lovely old fashioned ghost story done well. Loud noises startled some but were all part of the fun. The seats were lovely but legroom a little cramped, like many of these old, historical theatres. Staff were lovely, professional and good looking in their Halloween costumes!!


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Performance is great. Theatre is in need of some updating:seats are uncomfortable


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3rd time !!

Fabulous performance yet again! Great affects still makes you jump !!


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A must see

Me and my partner sat in the stalls at the front - so we were in excellent eyesight! A must see if you like scary scenes; being in suspense - especially when it's unexpected that the Woman in Black walks past you... Although it took a while for the story to set in, I would recommend it. It was defiantly the perfect time to watch 'The Woman in Black' being Halloween weekend which suited the occasion for us.


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A spooky awesom halloween treat!

Fantastic acting and a clever way to tell this story. Imaginative and creative and spooky.


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Superb acting

We took our two children to see the show, they are 10 and 14 years old. We all enjoyed it very much. We all thought the acting was amazing!


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Drab

Acting was very good but I found the whole experience, dare I say, boring. Although, I was talked into this by my daughter as I much prefer a musical. She, however was disappointed and much preferred the film. Much better shows out there. Watchable but not great.


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Great acting!

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Not the best

Had been waiting years to see this and was very disappointed. Not a great production.


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Fright night!

Beautifully acted, skilfully delivered and frighteningly real - The Woman in Black is a proper ghost story! The intimate surroundings of the Fortune Theatre only adds to the fear factor and a word of warning - don't be tempted to refill your wine glass at the scariest part of the play - - it will make you jump!


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Really good !

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A must watch production!

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EXcellent

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Amazing

Watch out for the screams


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Something different

I enjoyed the play but I have also seen the film so I had this as a source of reference for context which wasnt always clear However I would definitely recommend the show as it is different and allows for personal creation of characters and setting


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Bring a spare pair of pants...

A fantastic show full of great storytelling techniques, brilliant acting and genuine scares. I was in shivers and my girlfriend was full of praise.


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Superb acting

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i was expecting more

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Scary!

Loved the show! Seats were great! Few noisey visitors but the Ushers were great at silencing them!!


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Slow at first warms up nicely

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Fantastic

Not really suitable for very young children as it may scare them. I would probably say from 13 upwards. Amazing acting


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A must see!

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For a horror? Boring

I wasnt expecting the Nightmare at Elm Street... But for a horror, this play just wasnt good. There was so much potential to have some brilliant scenes however... it seems as though there was a low/cheap budget and not much time spent on the play. The comedy at the start was boring and exhausting. "Woman in black" sightings were carried out poorly. I can say there was a few parts i liked. It wasn't terrible. But wasn't really worth the money... With respect... The acting reminded me of my year 6 school play.


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Different

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Full of heart stopping moments

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Must see!! HIGHLY recommend!

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Great story, slow start, great finish

Overall a great story albeit it felt quite slow for the first 15 minutes. The theatre itself is in a good location right next to Covent Garden. The staff where good and theatre was well maintained.


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Boring. Didn't meet my expectation

The play was about two men narrating the story of the woman in black and playing the parts of the characters in the story I found it a bit confusing because the two men took on the role of more than one character. They just changed jackets in order to change roles.


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Interesting Show

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Russell Street, London, WC2B 5HH GB

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  • Capacity: 440
  • Year built: 1924

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