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

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About the show

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+

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Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours (including an interval)
Opened: 07 Jun 1989
Booking from: 19 Oct 2019
Booking until: 26 Sep 2020

Next available performances

Saturday 19 Oct 2019--8:00pm
Tuesday 22 Oct 20193:00pm8:00pm
Wednesday 23 Oct 2019--8:00pm
Thursday 24 Oct 20193:00pm8:00pm
Friday 25 Oct 2019--8:00pm
Saturday 26 Oct 20194:00pm8:00pm
Tuesday 29 Oct 20193:00pm--

Location and map

Fortune Theatre
Russell Street
London, WC2B 5HH

253 Reviews Add review

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

susanl22 1 review, 0 helpful votes

This is our most favourite show. It calls on the imagination of the watcher, but captures you in the story completely. It's the quickest... More

paulc40 1 review, 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, 5 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

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

Amazing show, great acting and really gripping and thrilling performance. Not for the faint-hearted though!

charliethornton 6"1, 8 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Excellent show as you’d expect as it’s run for so long. Can be quite scary and jumpy in parts so not suitable for the young or easily... More

rebeccam2 5 ft 1, 8 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Would not suggest this play to anyone who gets scared quite easily because it will definitely make you jump quite a bit. The fact it... More

jemt 5"5, 9 reviews, 0 helpful votes

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