London’s longest-running ghost story
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 is booking until 29 April 2023 at the Fortune Theatre, London.
What is The Woman in Black about?
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 Woman in Black cast?
Terence Wilton returns to The Woman in Black to play Arthur Kipps. He’s previously starred in War Music and Antony and Cleopatra at the Old Vic and Never So Good at the National Theatre.
Max Hutchinson plays The Actor, with previous credits including The Hound of the Baskervilles and The 39 Steps.
How long has The Woman in Black been running in London?
Stephen Mallatratt’s adaptation of The Woman in Black is now in its 32nd year in London. The show 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.
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
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!
The government advises you to wear a face mask in crowded and enclosed spaces
This venue is complying with the latest industry 'See It Safely' guidelines.
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
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