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

The Woman in Black tickets from £19.99

Tickets from £19.99


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 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, so all horror fans should make sure to get their tickets.

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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+

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Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours (including an interval)
Opened: 07 Jun 1989
Press night: 07 Jun 1989
Booking from: 16 Oct 2018
Booking until: 27 Jul 2019

Next available performances

Wednesday 17 Oct 2018--8:00pm
Thursday 18 Oct 20183:00pm8:00pm
Friday 19 Oct 2018--8:00pm
Saturday 20 Oct 20184:00pm8:00pm
Tuesday 23 Oct 20183:00pm8:00pm
Wednesday 24 Oct 2018--8:00pm
Thursday 25 Oct 20183:00pm--

Location and map

Fortune Theatre
Russell Street
London, WC2B 5HH

157 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 s... More

-A 5"2, 28 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 sta... More

shaun 5"10, 135 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 betwee... More

AlexPhillips 171cm, 57 reviews, 1 helpful vote

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 abs... More

susannahrosemn 5"3, 145 reviews, 5 helpful votes

Loved it as much on my third visit as I did on my first - a really good classic ghost story. Very different to the film, very simi... More

leylademirel 45 reviews, 1 helpful vote

There are, in my experience, two reasons why shows become long runners. Either they are really good, or they become tourist attrac... More

PDC1 6' 1", 18 reviews, 2 helpful votes

This show is a thrilling, tense piece of theatre that left me on edge but was hugely entertaining. Both actors were superb and I c... More

QueenPetal 5"10, 87 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Amazing performance! The cast and props are minimal (only 3 cast members, one of which has approx. 2 minutes of stage time), but e... More

edwoz 5'10", 31 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I went with a horror fan who had seen the movie. I don’t enjoy horror but do like suspense, and we were both pleased with the perf... More

elizabethzimmerhanzel 1 review, 0 helpful votes