The Woman in Black at Fortune Theatre tickets
The Woman in Black at Fortune Theatre tickets

The Woman in Black tickets from £20.00

Tickets from £20.00

View all offers


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 and having sold thousands of tickets.

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.

Recommended for

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.

Age Recommendations: Recommended 12+

Track show to receive price alerts and deals.

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours (including an interval)
Opened: 07 Jun 1989
Booking from: 19 Jun 2019
Booking until: 28 Mar 2020

Next available performances

Wednesday 19 Jun 2019--8:00pm
Thursday 20 Jun 20193:00pm8:00pm
Friday 21 Jun 2019--8:00pm
Saturday 22 Jun 20194:00pm8:00pm
Tuesday 25 Jun 20193:00pm8:00pm
Wednesday 26 Jun 2019--8:00pm
Thursday 27 Jun 20193:00pm--

Location and map

Fortune Theatre
Russell Street
London, WC2B 5HH

230 Reviews Add review

An amazing show. Acted by two (well actually three actors). I hate horror movies so was hesitant to see the show however, It was such... More

-A 5"2, 33 reviews, 0 helpful votes

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

AbbyS 5”6, 4 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Amazing show, would recommend to anyone. My only grumble is the interval. It’s only 90 minutes so doesn’t really need an interval and... More

laurenp7 1 review, 0 helpful votes

Good old fashioned ghost story. No ‘frill’ scares just old school anticipation of suspense and fear. Great story and wonderful acting. More

rachelgreene 81 reviews, 0 helpful votes

The show was brilliant, fantastic acting, and a good few jumps included. Nothing too terrifying but really good fun.

beverleybarker 4 reviews, 0 helpful votes

The Woman in Black is an interesting and entertaining play that still manages to hold its own after many years on the West End stage.... More

shaun 5"10, 144 reviews, 4 helpful votes

I was ready to be suspended and spooked, and, boy, was I! The story is casually meta: a play within a play. The transitions between... More

AlexPhillips 171cm, 77 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Very enjoyable. Started a little slow but then got better & better, completely pulling you in. The incredibly small acting duo, simple... More

surjsingh 3 reviews, 0 helpful votes

It's easy to see why this show has continued for so long, and why it's studied for GCSE. The theatre was full of kids who were absolutely... More

susannahrosemn 5"3, 145 reviews, 5 helpful votes