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.