The Woman in Black at the Fortune Theatre
London’s longest-running ghost story tells the spine-tingling tale of a keen young solicitor who is sent to wind up the affairs of a recently deceased woman.
Universally acclaimed, The Woman in Black combines the power and intensity of live theatre with a cinematic quality inspired by the world of film noir. It gives audiences an evening of unremitting drama as they are transported into a terrifying and ghostly world.
Over 7 million people worldwide have lived to tell the tale of one of the most exciting, gripping and successful theatre events ever staged.
In the story, proud and solitary Eel Marsh House surveys the windswept reaches of the salt marshes beyond Nine Lives Causeway. Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor, is summoned to attend the funeral of Mrs Alice Drablow, the house’s sole inhabitant, unaware of the tragic secrets which lie hidden behind the shuttered windows. It is not until he glimpses a wasted young woman dressed all in black at the funeral, that a creeping sense of unease begins to take hold. This feeling is deepened by the reluctance of the locals to talk of the woman in black – and her terrible purpose.
Years later, as an old man, he recounts his experiences to an actor in a desperate attempt to exorcise the ghosts of the past. The play unfolds around the conversations of these two characters as they act out the solicitor’s experiences on Eel Marsh all those years ago.
The Woman in Black originally opened at the Strand Theatre (now the Novello Theatre) on 15 February 1989, and then moving to its current home at the Fortune Theatre on 7 June 1989.
“The most brilliantly effective spine chiller you will ever encounter…if you haven’t seen this show yet you are missing a treat” Daily Telegraph
Theatre: Fortune Theatre