Fortune Theatre
Russell Street
London, WC2B 5HH
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Opened: 07 Jun 1989
Booking from: 16 Jan 2017
Booking until: 23 Sep 2017
Duration: 2 hours



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  • esthermatthews 5"2 female 18 reviews 0 helpful votes
    80% total rating The Woman in Black, 18th February 2016
    Very good show. Spooky and mystical, it had everything you wan't from a horror/thriller play. The acting was astounding, only two men on stage the entire time yet the audiences focus was unwavering! Simple set design which worked so well, it made the audience imagine and led to extra screams when the woman in black appeared.
    Awful in a sense that there was no legroom and the seats were old and squeaky but the view as really good. The atmosphere in the theatre was amazing, very spooky and I guess the squeakiness of the chairs added to that. For £25 you can't ask for a better view and the comfort is bearable.
  • vickiwray 35 reviews 0 helpful votes
    100% total rating The Woman in Black, 18th November 2016
    Wasn't sure how I would feel about this show knowing it only had two cast members however I was pleasantly surprised! The actors were great as was the set and the way the show was portrayed. The minimal props costumes and set worked so well with the 'play within a play' story-line.
    Sat in Stalls E16
    Seats were quite small but all in all good legroom as this was an isle seat which meant I could stretch my legs out a bit. The view was absolutely perfect, and the isle seat was a perfect seat for this show if you like to be kept on the edge of your seat.
    E16 Stalls - Fortune Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Stalls E16
  • HanE 5"7 female 19 reviews 2 helpful votes
    80% total rating The Woman in Black, 15th March 2016
    The show was great and the acting was very good. It is a very clever thriller performance on stage. Has the audience jumping in their seats.
    Sat in Stalls E6
    You could see all of the stage. The seat was relatively comfortable. The legroom was good.
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    View from Stalls E6
  • esthermatthews 5"2 female 18 reviews 0 helpful votes
    80% total rating The Woman in Black, 14th May 2016
    There is something about a minimal set that really makes the audience immerse themselves in theatre. It was great to experience a piece of theatre that can really make you think!
    This seat wasn't great. It was squashed and the view was restricted by a banister. The view of the stage wasn't too bad when you are sat in the right position. Luckily we got an upgrade into one of the boxes, it was a much better view and a lot more legroom! If you get the chance always ask for an upgrade
If you sit in the central Stalls, around row G, you might be in for a surprise…
Fortune Theatre, London interactive seating plan & seat reviews
Susan Hill’s chilling ghost story is brought to life on stage in Stephen Mallatratt’s effectively eerie adaptation.

The Woman in Black is one of the West End’s longest running shows and the second longest running play after The Mousetrap, having played continuously at the Fortune Theatre since 1989.

Testament to the power of a good ghost story, the terrifying show famously employs just two actors to create the haunting atmosphere. Taking the form of a play within a play, an old man employs an initially skeptical young actor to help him tell a story that "must be told." The two men set about rehearsing the story of The Woman in Black with the younger actor playing Arthur Kipps and the older actor playing all the other characters. Instantly the audience are transported into this gripping story.

Young lawyer, Arthur, is sent to the small town of Crythin Gifford to put the affairs of a recently deceased client Alice Drablow in order. It is at her funeral that he first notices the appearance of a strange woman who appears to suffer from some sort of wasting disease dressed all in black. Arthur is unnerved to find that none of the villagers will speak of her. His work leads him to the home of Alice Drablow, the ghostly Eel Marsh House, which is reached only by a causeway and cut off from the mainland when the tide is high. When sorting through her numerous papers he begins to unravel the mystery of the "woman in black" that will lead him to a terrible conclusion.

Making a stage play scary is a notoriously hard task but Robin Hereford’s production masterfully manages it. The horror found in the play is more down to the art of suggestion and takes place within the imagination of the audience. Ingenious staging also ensures there is more than one shock in store...

In 2012 the story was made into a Hollywood film starring Daniel Radcliffe which attracted a whole new audiences to the London’s spookiest show.
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If you love a good ghost story then this is the play for you. If you haven’t seen this play before you’ll be amazed by the atmosphere that can be created by just two actors.