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

The Woman in Black tickets from £19.50

Tickets from £19.50

Overview

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.

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 for 10+ (scary)

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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: 24 Jun 2018
Booking until: 26 Jan 2019

Next available performances

DateMatineeEvening
Tuesday 26 Jun 20183:00pm8:00pm
Wednesday 27 Jun 2018--8:00pm
Thursday 28 Jun 20183:00pm8:00pm
Friday 29 Jun 2018--8:00pm
Saturday 30 Jun 20184:00pm8:00pm
Tuesday 03 Jul 20183:00pm8:00pm
Wednesday 04 Jul 2018--8:00pm

Location and map

Fortune Theatre
Russell Street
London, WC2B 5HH

142 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

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 a great experience. Really fun and it did make me jump at times but didn't mess with my mind like some horror movies do. The dress circle was 80% empty and we'd been upgraded from the upper circle in advance, which leads me to believe that the show isn't selling well. I would hate for this show to close because people aren't seeing it, when it is so much fun to see. The acting is phenomenal and much of a better night out than more popular shows such as an American in Paris.

-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, 130 reviews, 4 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. If like me, you knew very little about it before watching it, you may be surprised at how funny it is in parts before building to a more creepy finale. The concept of an actor and a writer attempting to reenact the latter's horrifying experiences in his earlier years makes the play far more engaging than if it was a straight up horror-fest. That said, there are still a few very jumpy moments!

shaun 5"10, 130 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, 49 reviews, 1 helpful vote

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 the script reading and the fictional story were executed brilliantly. The intimacy of the venue and the audience-level staging only added to the suspense. The two male actors were superb and, of course, the third actor kept us all on the edge of our seats! A fantastic theatrical experience all around.

AlexPhillips 171cm, 49 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, 140 reviews, 4 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 enthralled with the production, giving visceral, vocal reactions, which is a real joy to see. I was thoroughly engaged myself, and the show is a real masterclass in storytelling. Very jumpy!

susannahrosemn 5"3, 140 reviews, 4 helpful votes

billiemariee 5"2, 35 reviews, 0 helpful votes

billiemariee 5"2, 35 reviews, 0 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, 79 reviews, 1 helpful vote

This show is a thrilling, tense piece of theatre that left me on edge but was hugely entertaining. Both actors were superb and I could tell understood the play totally and acted it very well. It was scary at times, but I would recommend it.

QueenPetal 5"10, 79 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", 17 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Amazing performance! The cast and props are minimal (only 3 cast members, one of which has approx. 2 minutes of stage time), but effective! The script is amazing and the effects are simplistic but brilliant. I have seen this show 3 times now and will definitely go again!

edwoz 5'10", 17 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Talk about gripping theatre... This is an absolutely brilliant show, which is well and truly terrifyingly tense! You will most def... More

gdeacon95 6'1, 67 reviews, 7 helpful votes

Talk about gripping theatre... This is an absolutely brilliant show, which is well and truly terrifyingly tense! You will most definitely find yourself gripping the seat (or person next to you) at certain points in this production. Not to be missed!

gdeacon95 6'1, 67 reviews, 7 helpful votes

Long running show for a very good reason! It’s seat-jumpingky brilliant. Suspense slowly builds and a couple of times totally lull... More

doonakebab 5'10", 95 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Long running show for a very good reason! It’s seat-jumpingky brilliant. Suspense slowly builds and a couple of times totally lulled into false sense of security before AAARRRGGGHHH! Totally recommended.

doonakebab 5'10", 95 reviews, 0 helpful votes