London’s longest-running ghost story – must end March 2023
The Woman in Black tells the spine-tingling tale of a keen young solicitor who is sent to wind up the affairs of a recently deceased woman.
Over 7 million people worldwide have lived to tell the tale of one of the most exciting and gripping theatre events ever staged. This universally acclaimed drama is a terrifying night in the theatre, as audiences are transported into a dark, ghostly world.
Adapted by Stephen Mallatratt from the best-selling novel by Susan Hill, The Woman In Black at the Fortune Theatre 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
The Woman in Black must close 4 March 2023 – hurry to book tickets before this iconic show finally leaves London.
What's the story of The Woman in Black?
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.
Who is in the cast of The Woman in Black?
Julian Forsyth stars as Arthur Kipps alongside Matthew Spencer as The Actor
Who are the creative team of The Woman in Black?
Stephen Mallatratt’s adaptation of The Woman in Black has been running for 33 years in London, and is the fourth longest running show in West End Theatre history. The Woman in Black first came to London following a Christmas production in 1987 at a pub in Scarborough. After a run at the Lyric Hammersmith in London in January 1989, the show started its West End run at the Strand – now the Novello Theatre, in March 1989, before a move to the Playhouse in April 1989, and then its opening at the Fortune on 7 June 1989.
Reviews of The Woman in Black"The most brilliantly effective spine chiller you will ever encounter" - The Telegraph
"A marvellous exercise in spine tingling tension.....it's a cracker" - The Independent
"A truly nerve-shredding experience" - Daily Mail
"Don't go unless you like being scared out of your wits" - Sunday Mirror
"Ingenious - a journey into fear" - Ben Brantley, New York Times
"This pitch black staging of Susan Hill's thriller is irresistibly eerie" - Time Out
"The Woman in Black remains one of British theatre's biggest – and scariest – hits" - The Guardian
Matinees: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
Performance information is for guidance only. Check booking calendar for details.
Important NotesThe 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!
Venue InformationFortune Theatre, Russell Street, London, WC2B 5HH
Nearest Tube or Train: Covent Garden (Piccadilly line)
Nearest Buses: 1, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 59, 68, 76, 77A, 91, 139, 168, 171, 172, 188, 243, 341, 521, RV1
Official London Theatre tickets for The Woman in Black at the Fortune Theatre, London
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