The Woman in Black at the Fortune Theatre

Fortune Theatre, Russell Street, London, WC2B 5HH
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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 is a terrifying night in the theatre as the audience is transported into a dark, ghostly world.

Over 7 million people worldwide have lived to tell the tale of one of the most exciting and gripping theatre events ever staged.

Adapted by Stephen Mallatratt from the best-selling novel by Susan Hill, The Woman In Black is directed by Robin Herford.

“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


Eel Marsh House stands alone on the windswept salt marshes by the Nine Lives Causeway. When Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor, is summoned to attend the funeral of Mrs Alice Drablow, the house’s sole inhabitant, he is unaware of the tragic secrets which lie hidden behind the shuttered windows of the house. That is until he sees a wasted young woman dressed all in black at the funeral, and a creeping sense of unease begins to take hold of him…  an unease that deepens by the reluctance of the locals to talk of the woman in black. 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.


Malcolm James plays Arthur Kipps and Matt Connor plays The Actor

The Woman in Black originally opened at the Strand Theatre (now the Novello Theatre) on 15 February 1989, and then moved to its current home at the Fortune Theatre on 7 June 1989.


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36 Reviews

  1. Yousooze1
    02/04/2014 at 7:34 pm — Reply

    seeing woman in black in theater when I do my GCSEs for drama 🙂

  2. lauren paige
    08/03/2014 at 10:22 pm — Reply

    I’m Seeing this on Tuesday,
    I am actually terrified OMG.

  3. Ellie Valentine
    05/10/2013 at 8:04 pm — Reply

    amazing-so good 🙂

  4. Louise Humphreys
    25/09/2013 at 6:44 pm — Reply

    Going to see this next week… I’m so scared D’:

  5. Oakley Flanagan
    23/08/2013 at 3:41 pm — Reply

    I love the Woman in Black, directed a production of it a little while ago
    and for an English Literature project a group of us had to film an extract
    from TWiB check it out on my channel. Lovers of the play I call you!

  6. Melinoë Rose
    18/07/2013 at 1:12 pm — Reply

    saw this in London fortune theater on Tuesday, truly terrifying but so well

  7. Conor Chabaani
    22/03/2013 at 8:33 pm — Reply

    Going to see this on Thursday !

  8. Amara Cove
    11/02/2013 at 9:49 pm — Reply

    Check out my friends and my reaction! /watch?v=oMO1cRZ0mag

  9. Emily D
    21/01/2013 at 4:09 pm — Reply

    Hello youtube, could anyone tell me when the woman comes into the audience?

    • gemma smith
      30/01/2016 at 3:32 am — Reply

      Hi there, it’s taken from chapter 4 Mrs drablows funeral. The Woman comes as the recorded sound is playing it’s digologe. Gemma Smith

  10. Emma Laird
    30/11/2012 at 4:19 pm — Reply

    I saw this last night in Glasgow as part of the tour – by far, the best
    play I have seen; probably my favourite theatre production too.

  11. Bloomingchimp
    28/11/2012 at 4:43 pm — Reply

    Going to see it tonight, needless to say but I’m shitting myself 🙂

  12. xfmkid
    17/11/2012 at 9:52 pm — Reply

    Absolutely awesome xD

  13. FaiilureGaming
    12/08/2012 at 12:21 am — Reply

    Yeah she does.

  14. Jemma Lamble
    16/07/2012 at 6:41 pm — Reply

    does the woman in black come out in the audience some people said she does?

  15. lynseyxblack
    12/06/2012 at 7:26 pm — Reply

    Going to c it thursday for my gcse then I have to wright 2000 word essay…..:( owell looking forward to it please be good so I can pass 🙂

  16. Camlio Parada
    25/04/2012 at 10:48 am — Reply


  17. Erin Cooney
    12/03/2012 at 7:03 pm — Reply

    for this i’d say stalls 🙂

  18. clownandwagbo
    09/03/2012 at 5:07 pm — Reply

    Im seeing this for my birthday in spetember..!! wheres the best place to sit..?? dress circl or stalls.. ?? <3<3 xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

  19. unipal390x
    23/02/2012 at 4:07 pm — Reply

    The Fortune Theatre, you?

  20. PoisonTheHero
    22/02/2012 at 4:32 pm — Reply

    D:! Gutted! 🙁 Which theatre did you see it at? 😀

  21. unipal390x
    22/02/2012 at 3:30 pm — Reply

    I didnt have anyone walking next to me D: I do wish they would of let me known beforehand about the fog machines though since I have bad asthma.

  22. PoisonTheHero
    22/02/2012 at 1:47 am — Reply

    I have to disagree with you there, in my opinion it is much better on stage. The way they build up the suspense throughout the play is so different to on screen. Especially in the theatres in London where she can walk right next to you, and the sound effects mixed in with the silence of the theatre are incredible. It’s amazing what two actors can do.

  23. unipal390x
    15/02/2012 at 9:46 pm — Reply

    Found this performace uninteresting and hard to grasp with 2 actors playing all the parts when I went in a small theatre with a tiny stage. You just can’t compare this to the film.

  24. nickilouu
    07/02/2012 at 8:10 pm — Reply

    I saw this last year. Nothing will ever be as scary.. it’s terrifying…

  25. spotoftrouble
    06/01/2012 at 7:05 pm — Reply

    I need to see this again. I saw it a few years ago and I’ve never been so scared in my life. Amazing. And I saw these two when I saw and they were amazing too.

  26. mars12231
    29/11/2011 at 6:01 pm — Reply

    I had to sleep with the lights on for two weeks after I saw this.

  27. forgiveninasong
    13/11/2011 at 6:32 pm — Reply

    I saw this on tour, and I was TERRIFIED. Like, actually scared for weeks. I couldn’t sleep and I was shaking and actually crying. If your mind is susceptible to this kind of things, if you run with the power of suggestion, then you will be screaming.

  28. Catherine Willmore
    29/10/2011 at 2:00 am — Reply

    It’s very dark and very frightening. If you like to be scared you won’t be disappointed. Or watch the TV version on you tube. Make sure you have a light in your bedroom.

  29. Catherine Willmore
    29/10/2011 at 1:56 am — Reply

    It is a very creepy show. I hope the film doesn’t over do it.

  30. alclja93
    19/08/2011 at 9:20 pm — Reply

    i played the woman in black my freshmen year of high school. honestly i scared myself.

  31. samj1312
    01/08/2011 at 3:16 pm — Reply

    Thumbs up if your gonna see the movie

  32. jjobie
    30/06/2011 at 11:57 pm — Reply

    An elderly man goes to an actor to help him tell the story of an experience he had many years earlier with a haunting in England. The actor and the older man recreate the story as it happened on the stage of the theater. Although there’s very little in the way of props, costumes or sets, the show draws you in by working with your imagination. It’s very effective and creepy.

  33. TheHorsecrazyprinces
    22/06/2011 at 9:03 pm — Reply

    Please cud someone tell me wat happens in this play

  34. DJOfRadioGallifrey
    17/04/2011 at 7:17 pm — Reply

    I saw this!…I’m not sure with this man.

  35. shmoogle14
    01/03/2011 at 2:21 am — Reply

    I remember seeing this in London. creepiest show I’ve ever seen.

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