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

The Woman in Black tickets from £19.25

Tickets from £19.25


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.

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
Press night: 07 Jun 1989
Booking from: 23 Feb 2019
Booking until: 28 Mar 2020

Next available performances

Saturday 23 Feb 20194:00pm8:00pm
Tuesday 26 Feb 20193:00pm8:00pm
Wednesday 27 Feb 2019--8:00pm
Thursday 28 Feb 20193:00pm8:00pm
Friday 01 Mar 2019--8:00pm
Saturday 02 Mar 20194:00pm8:00pm
Tuesday 05 Mar 20193:00pm--

Location and map

Fortune Theatre
Russell Street
London, WC2B 5HH

196 Reviews Add review

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

surjsingh 3 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 s... More

-A 5"2, 30 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, 137 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, 68 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Show was out of this world. Go see it now!

ebonyh 169cm, 6 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 abs... More

susannahrosemn 5"3, 145 reviews, 5 helpful votes


jessicab1 1 review, 0 helpful votes

Great play, amazing actors and yes! It is a thriller!

dimitriosk 185, 4 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, 87 reviews, 1 helpful vote