The Woman in Black, London

The Woman in Black

Fortune Theatre, London

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 from 7 September 2021 until 2 April 2022 at the Fortune Theatre, London.

What’s the Story?

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’s in it? 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


‘Don’t go unless you like being scared out of your wits’ – Sunday Mirror
‘A marvellous exercise in spine tingling tension…’s a cracker’ – The Independent
‘A truly nerve-shredding experience’ – Daily Mail
‘The most brilliantly effective spine chiller you will ever encounter’ – Daily Telegraph

‘Ingenious – a journey into fear – Ben Brantley, New York Times

Show History

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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Important Notes

Age Restrictions: 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 Info: This play is not suitable for those with a nervous disposition or who cannot handle sudden shocks.

Venue Information

Fortune Theatre, Russell Street, 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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36 thoughts on “The Woman in Black”

  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

    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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