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 sceptical 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.
The show stars Stuart Fox as Arthur Kipps alongside Matthew Spencer as The Actor. Both have performed in The Woman in Black at the Fortune Theatre in the past, as well as on the UK tour.
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, so all horror fans should make sure to get their tickets.
Best seatsIf you sit in the central Stalls, around row G, you might be in for a surprise… However fantastic The Woman in Black tickets can generally be found anywhere in the Stalls.
Important informationPlaying at: Fortune Theatre, Russell Street, London, WC2B 5HH
Performance dates: 02 Mar 2021 - 27 Mar 2021
Running time: 2 hours (including an interval)
Age restrictions: Recommended 12+
Special notice: If you love a good ghost story then these are some of the best West End tickets 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.
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Excellent show. I'm more of a musical lover but this play kept me gripped throughout. There seemed to be a lot of school groups there... More
The show was really good in my opinion. The beginning was a little slow but it became more interesting. Absolutely loved the ending.... More
Absolutely loved it! We took our 18 year old son along, who said beforehand...this is going to be boring! He was far from bored! We... More
This is one of the most incredible plays I have seen to date. Chilling, with just the right amount of jump scare moments to keep your... More
Forth time I’ve seen this play. One of my favourites. Absolutely love it. Two hander, but done so well, with good character acting... More
The show was brilliant, fantastic acting, and a good few jumps included. Nothing too terrifying but really good fun.
Actors were amazing. The build up and suspense was really good and well executed. Would definitely recommend.
The show was AMAZING, you will get jump scared, you will get immersed in the show and you will have a good time. Book tickets ASAP!! More