Fortune Theatre
Russell Street
London, WC2B 5HH
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Opened: 07 Jun 1989
Booking from: 19 Oct 2017
Booking until: 03 Mar 2018
Duration: 2 hours



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    100% total rating The Woman in Black, 20th June 2017
    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.
    My seats were upgraded to these seats in the dress circle, from the seats that I had bought in the upper circle. The seats are in the centre section, two seats in, and the third row from the robot. This means that you have a great view of the stage. The only thing that you may occasionally miss is when the actors step down off other stage but this does not impede the experience of the show. The photo looks as though the lady in front of me obscured my view but seats are actually well tiered so it did not. I'm 5ft 2 so not at all tall but it was impossible to sit with my legs together. Leg room is pretty poor but thankfully the seats are high backed so at least they didn't cut into me like other they have in other theatres.
    C7 Dress Circle - Fortune Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Dress Circle C7
  • jessamybennett 5'4" female 12 reviews 0 helpful votes
    100% total rating The Woman in Black, 6th October 2017
    Terrifying, and but brilliant! Only 2 actors in the cast, and they both put on an amazing show!
    Sat in Stalls J10
    View would have been great, however a tall person sat in front of me, so could not see the middle of the stage. Most of the action happened on either side, but the seats aren't tiered at all, in fact, it seems that they slope backwards so the back seats are lower but the tiniest bit. Seats would have been fine if I were a bit taller, but just had to look around his head!
    J10 Stalls - Fortune Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Stalls J10
  • fatimahahmed 1 review 0 helpful votes
    80% total rating The Woman in Black, 9th September 2017
    Enjoyed the show very much especially the new 'interpretation' of the play which gave further insight into performance, theatre, acting and story-telling. The actors were superb! Being on the constant spotlight and only having two main actors must have been really difficult in captivating an audience for a 'horror' show, but they did it admiringly well. Overall, the show was great. Do recommend giving it a try and to be a little patient especially at the beginning, which despite what others thought , it was a wonderful moment for further literary analysis!
    Very good seats. Was a little hard to view all the stage especially as I am not that tall! However, overall it was comfortable and I loved the close proximity to the stage which gave a close-connection type of feel to the show.
  • AlexPhillips 171cm or 5'7" male 35 reviews 0 helpful votes
    100% total rating The Woman in Black, 9th May 2017
    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.
    Sat in Stalls C14
    Considering the small theatre venue, there was a surprising amount of legroom. This seat is right by the stage so you have a wonderful view of the actors. It is also situated on the aisle, and all I'll say is you really are right by the drama. (She's behind you...!) ;)
    C14 Stalls - Fortune Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Stalls C14
If you sit in the central Stalls, around row G, you might be in for a surprise…
Fortune Theatre, London interactive seating plan & seat reviews
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.

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.
If you love a good ghost story then this is the play 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)