The Woman in Black

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Fortune Theatre, London

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
★★★★  Average review score

Show Information

Age restrictions
12+
Running time
2 hours (including interval)
Performance dates
Booking to 4 March 2023
Performance days
Evenings: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Matinees: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

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Important Notes

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!


Venue Information

Fortune 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
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Ticket Information

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The Woman in Black to close at the Fortune Theatre
The producers of The Woman in Black have announced that the show is to close at the Fortune Theatre in London after 33 years in the West End. The stage adaptation of Susan Hill’s scary novel The Woman in Black will play its final performance at The Fortune Theatre on Saturday 4 March 2023. The Woman in Black celebrated its 13,000th performance in August this year, and is the fourth longest running show in West End history, only behind The Mousetrap, Les Misérables, and The Phantom of the Opera. The play has been seen by over 7-million people in the UK, and celebrated its 30th anniversary in the West End in June 2019 with a special gala performance. Producer Peter Wilson said in a press statement: “The Woman in Black’s miraculous theatricality has never faltered. Out of a gauze, a wicker skip and a door Stephen Mallatratt and Robin Herford conjured a complete world into which generations of young people have entered, surrendering to the ultimate magic of theatre: their own imaginations. However, the economic reality of attracting so many young people has caught up with us in a world of rising prices. My thanks to Charles Kay and John Duttine, the first cast in 1989, to the generations of actors who have maintained the tradition of excellence while inhabiting Susan’s marvellous novella and Stephen’s extraordinary adaptation, to Robin Herford – who has directed every cast over the 33 years - to all the staff at the Fortune and of course the team at PW Productions.” Susan Hill, writer of the novel said: “I am extremely sad that The Woman in Black is closing at The Fortune Theatre in March next year. It has been the perfect home for us for over 33 years. I am especially proud that Stephen Mallatratt's wonderful stage adaptation of my ghost story has given generations of young people the opportunity to experience the enjoyment and the life-changing impact of theatre.” Director Robin Herford said: “Since commissioning Stephen Mallatratt to write me a ghost story for Christmas to present for three and a half weeks at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in the Autumn of 1987, The Woman in Black has been a significant part of my life for a third of a century - and counting! The Fortune has been a very happy London home for this play, its intimacy providing not only the right scale and atmosphere for the action, but also a treat for the audience in appreciating this West End jewel with its classic Art Deco architecture. A perfect fit. Leaving The Fortune is the end of a significant chapter in the story of The Woman in Black. It has been a privilege to have stewardship of this theatre with its wonderful staff in which to tell Susan's devastating story in the highly original and imaginative manner in which Stephen conceived it for the stage. I am proudest of the number of schoolchildren for whom this production has constituted one of their first experiences of theatre. Young people really respond to this play, and it gladdens my heart when I hear large numbers of schoolchildren queueing up outside before a performance. Earlier this Autumn, I got chatting to a teacher who had brought no fewer than 17 different parties of students to this show over the years! It's how we grow our next generation of audiences.” The Woman in Black came to London following a Christmas production in 1987 at a pub in Scarborough. After a run at the Lyric Hammersmith in January 1989, it 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. The Woman in Black currently stars Julian Forsyth as Arthur Kipps and Matthew Spencer as The Actor. It is directed by Robin Herford, with designs by Michael Holt and lighting by Kevin Sleep. Book The Woman in Black tickets at the Fortune Theatre in London
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Julian Forsyth and Matthew Spencer cast in The Woman in Black
The Woman In Black, the acclaimed long-running West End thriller has announced new casting. Julian Forsyth returns to the production to star as Arthur Kipps and Matthew Spencer reprises his role as The Actor from Tuesday 7 June 2022. Julian Forsyth is a stage and television actor who first played Arthur Kipps in The Woman in Black in 2010, before reprising the role at the Fortune Theatre in 2014. His theatrical credits include An American In Paris at the Dominion Theatre, Guys and Dolls at the Royal Albert Hall, Sunset Boulevard at the Coliseum, The Go-Between at the Apollo Theatre, Wicked at the Apollo Victoria. His television credits include Father Brown, A Touch of Frost, The Curse of Steptoe, and Holby City. Matthew Spencer returns to The Woman in Black as The Actor, having first played the role both at The Fortune Theatre and on tour. His other theatrical credits include Amadeus at the National Theatre, Haunting Julia and The Invisible Man both at the Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch, 1984 and The Iliad, both at the Almeida, War House at the National Theatre and Nicholas Nickleby at the Gielgud Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre and on tour. He has also appeared on television in My Family and on film in The Man You’re Not. Cast changes occur roughly every 9 months and are intentional, Director Robin Herford previously commented "To perform a play eight times a week, for forty weeks, is a daunting challenge. When that play has only two speaking parts, the challenge is even greater. " He said "At the end of forty weeks, the outgoing actors can give the play into the hands of a new pairing of actors, and this is to give the play a new lease of life." In June 2019 The Woman in Black celebrated its 30th Anniversary in London’s West End with a special gala performance. Stephen Mallatratt's adaptation of the classic novel by Susan Hill is currently the 4th longest show in London theatre history. The Woman in Black is booking until 29 April 2023 at the Fortune Theatre, London. Buy The Woman in Black tickets
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The Woman In Black celebrates 12,000 performances
Susan Hill's gripping thriller The Woman In Black reaches a West End milestone as it celebrates its 12,000th performance on 22 September 2018 at The Fortune Theatre, London. Now playing for 29 years, it is firmly established as London's longest-running ghost story and the second longest running play in the West End. Another timeless thriller, Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap takes the top spot as the world's longest-running show (66 years), having opened in 1952. Universally acclaimed as a terrifying night in the theatre, The Woman In Black tells the spine-tingling tale of a lawyer obsessed with a curse that he believes has been cast over his family by the spectre of a ‘Woman in Black’. He engages a young actor to help him tell his story and exorcise the fear that grips his soul. It begins innocently enough, but as they delve further into his darkest memories, they find themselves caught up in a world of eerie marshes and moaning winds. Adapted by Stephen Mallatratt from the best-selling novel by Susan Hill, The Woman In Black is directed by Robin Herford and currently stars Richard Hope as ‘Arthur Kipps’ and Mark Hawkins as ‘The Actor’. Producer Peter Wilson said today, “To have achieved 12,000 performances may not be unique, but it is remarkable. Susan Hill’s great story allied to Robin Herford’s carefully inspired direction of Stephen Mallatratt’s brilliant adaptation have kept the show fresh, exciting - and constantly in demand. I’m grateful to them all, and to the extraordinary casts and crews that have kept The Fortune Theatre busy for so long.” Buy The Woman in Black tickets
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New cast announced for West End’s The Woman In Black
The Woman In Black announces latest cast change. Terence Wilton will star as ‘Arthur Kipps’ and James Byng as ‘The Actor’ in the latest cast change of The Woman In Black which runs at the Fortune Theatre. Wilton’s recent theatre credits include Cat On A Hot In Roof  (Theatre Royal Northampton) and The Sound of Music (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre) . His television credits include “Revelations – End Of Days”,  “The Forsyte Saga”;  “Dial M for Murder”; “Vanity Fair” and “Doctor Who”. James Byng’s previous theatre credits include 'Toulouse-Lautrec' in Moulin Rouge!,  'Posner’ in The History Boys (West Yorkshire Playhouse); ‘Frodo’ in The Lord of the Rings (Theatre Royal Drury Lane); Les Misérables (Palace Theatre) and Oliver! (London Palladium). Cast changes occur roughly every 9 months and are intentional , Director Robin Herford said "To perform a play eight times a week, for forty weeks, is a daunting challenge. When that play has only two speaking parts, the challenge is even greater. " He added "At the end of forty weeks, the outgoing actors can give the play into the hands of a new pairing of actors, and this is to give the play a new lease of life." Stephen Mallatratt's adaptation of the classic novel from Susan Hill is currently the 4th longest show in London theatre history having played over 11,480 performances since it began in 1989. Wilton and Byng's first performance will be on 29 August 2017 at the Fortune Theatre. Buy The Woman in Black tickets
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New Cast for The Woman in Black
Stuart Fox and Joseph Chance are to star in Susan Hill's terrifying thriller The Woman in Black. Stuart Fox returns to the production to play Arthur Kipps having first played the role two years ago. His other theatre credits include Woman in Mind (Vaudeville Theatre), The Normal Heart (Royal Court Theatre) and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Fortune Theatre). Joseph Chance who will play the Actor is known for Jeeves & Wooster and Wallander. Now celebrating its 27th anniversary in the West End, cast changes are a common occurrence. Director Robin Herford said, "I have lost count of the number of times I have rehearsed a new cast for this play since I directed the very first pair of actors for its world premiere. Here in the West End, I change the cast every nine months; a process which I used to view with a certain trepidation but which I now welcome.  Actors like to be doing different things an respond to different challenges and this is a healthy process. To perform a play eight times a week, for forty weeks, is a daunting challenge. When that play has only two speaking parts, the challenge is even greater. At the end of forty weeks, the outgoing actors can give the play into the hands of a new pairing of actors, and this is to give the play a new lease of life. The actors bring to it their own imaginations and intelligences, as well as their emotional responses to the characters and the story." Stephen Mallatratt’s adaptation of Susan Hill’s best-selling novel tells the story of a lawyer obsessed with a curse that he believes has been cast over him and his family by the spectre of a ‘Woman in Black’. He engages a young actor to help him tell his story and exorcise the fear that grips his soul. It begins innocently enough, but as they delve further into his darkest memories,  they find themselves caught up in a world of eerie marshes and moaning winds. The borders between make believe and reality begin to blur and the flesh begins to creep. The Woman in Black runs at the Fortune Theatre. BOOKING Book tickets to The Woman in Black
The Woman in Black Movie Sequel casting announced: Jeremy Irvine, Phoebe Fox
Casting has been announced for The Woman In Black: Angels Of Death - the sequel to the 2012 movie starring Daniel Radcliffe. Hammer Films are producing a sequel to their 2012 box office smash-hit The Woman in Black, to be directed by Tom Harper. War Horse star Jeremy Irvine will feature in the movie, The Woman In Black: Angel of Death, which shoots in the Autumn for a late 2013 or early 2014 release. He will be joined by rising young theatre star Phoebe Fox (Black Mirror) and acclaimed actress Helen McCrory (Skyfall, Hugo, Harry Potter) in the sequel, which sees the story continue four decades after the first movie. In the film, isolated old house Eel Marsh House has been seized by the British government during World War II. When a group of evacuated children arrive at the house they awaken its ghostly inhabitant. The children are evacuated with Eve (Phoebe Fox), their young and beautiful schoolteacher. But one by one the children begin acting strangely and Eve, with the help of local military commander Harry (Jeremy Irvine), discovers that the group has awoken a dark force even more terrifying and evil than London's wartime air raids. Eve must now confront her own demons to save the children and survive the Woman in Black. [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="140"] Jeremy Irvine[/caption] [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="140"] Phoebe Fox[/caption] [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="140"] Helen McCrory[/caption] The movie is written by Jon Croker (Desert Dancer) based on an original story by Susan Hill (The Woman In Black). Daniel Radcliffe starred as Arthur Kipps in the first movie, and is currently appearing in The Cripple of Inishmaan at the Noel Coward Theatre as part of Michael Grandage's season of plays at the theatre. The Woman in Black continues to run at the Fortune Theatre in London's West End, where it celebrated its 25th birthday this month. LINKS Book tickets to The Woman in Black at the Fortune Theatre in London Book tickets to The Cripple of Inishmaan at the Noel Coward Theatre Tag: The Woman in Black Hammer Films website
New cast announced for The Woman in Black
David Acton and Ben Deery will join the cast of hit thriller The Woman In Black. A new cast has been announced for The Woman in Black, one of the most exciting, gripping and successful theatre events ever performed, now in its 23rd year in the West End in a production revisited by original director Robin Herford. Ben Deery (Anne Boleyn, All’s Well That Ends Well, Henry VIII at Shakespeare’s Globe; La Cage Aux Folles at the Playhouse Theatre; Dangerous Corner, Much Ado About Nothing at Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds) will play The Actor. David Acton (Down by the Greenwood Side at Donmar Warehouse; King Lear at the Young Vic; Hamlet at Oxford Playhouse; The Clandestine Marriage at Bristol Old Vic) will play Arthur Kipps. The new cast will take over on the 26th September 2011. Unanimously acclaimed by the critics, The Woman in Black combines the power and intensity of live theatre with the cinematic quality of film noir. More than seven million people have been transported into a terrifying world in an unremitting drama that has them literally jumping out of their seats. The Woman In Black was first performed at the Theatre-By-The-Sea in Scarborough in 1987. The original production received rave reviews, paving the way for future productions throughout the country. It reached the West End in 1989 where it has been a major success ever since. Its success has subsequently reached a global level, having spread to the US, South America and through to the Tokyo theatre scene, and beyond. Release issued by: The Corner Shop PR LINKS SPECIAL OFFER: Book tickets to The Woman in Black at the Fortune Theatre
The Changing Fortunes of the West End’s Fortune Theatre
Take a walk down Russell Street in Covent Garden and you'll see one of the saddest looking theatre façades in London. But major plans are afoot to renovate the Fortune Theatre. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="240" caption="The current state of the Fortune Theatre"][/caption] The years since 1924 have not been kind to the Fortune Theatre, the 400-odd seat theatre in Russell Street that is dwarfed by its neighbour, the giant Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Home to successful thriller The Woman in Black for the last 21 years, the Fortune was one of the first buildings in London to experiment with concrete and, since the demolition of Wembley Stadium, is now the oldest remaining public building to be designed using concrete as a textured and exposed façade. And it's the concrete that is the problem. Last winter's bad weather has led to the concrete façade becoming pot-marked and eroded, which is why David Blyth, who was upped last month to Property Director of Ambassador Theatre Group, owner of the Fortune, is planning a major renovation of the theatre. Work is timed to start in June this year and completed at the beginning of September, ready for the winter onslaught. "We plan to completely strip both the front and side façades of the theatre", he told Westendtheatre.com, "and put a replica of the original canopy back over the front of the theatre". The theatre will also see new display boards, signage and a brand new lighting system. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="240" caption="Planned renovations of the Fortune Theatre"][/caption] Originally designed by Ernest Schaufelberg, who also rebuilt the Adelphi Theatre in 1930, the Fortune was the first theatre in London to be built after the First World War and opened, suitably enough given The Woman in Black's long residency, as the Fortune Thriller Theatre on 8 August 1924. Owning West End theatres is not for the faint-hearted, with significant investment required in continually renovating these historic, often listed buildings. The Theatre's Trust warned this week that recent Arts Council cuts will have an adverse effect on the protection of theatres, and even multi-millionaire Andrew Lloyd Webber, who owns a number of West End venues including the London Palladium and Her Majesty's Theatre, admitted recently that the enormous investment required to continually redevelop West End theatres was "simply beyond me". Ambassador Theatre Group, now by far the largest theatre owner in the West End (and, according to their press, the world), will carry enormous responsibility in preserving West End theatres and continually investing in their upkeep. David Blyth's team seem up for the challenge, and are currently renovating the Phoenix Theatre, home to Blood Brothers, to be ready by the end of May. As David says, "both theatres will look quite smart when they are finished". GALLERY The planned renovations for the Fortune Theatre [monoslideshow id=16 w=550 h=450]

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36 thoughts on “The Woman in Black Tickets”

  1. 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!

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

    1. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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 🙂

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Catherine Willmore

    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.

  12. 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.

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