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

The Woman in Black tickets from £20.90

Tickets from £20.90

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)

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours (including an interval)
Opened: 07 Jun 1989
Press night: 07 Jun 1989
Booking from: 14 Dec 2017
Booking until: 26 Jan 2019

Next available performances

DateMatineeEvening
Thursday 14 Dec 2017--8:00pm
Friday 15 Dec 2017--8:00pm
Saturday 16 Dec 20174:00pm8:00pm
Tuesday 19 Dec 20173:00pm8:00pm
Wednesday 20 Dec 2017--8:00pm
Thursday 21 Dec 20173:00pm8:00pm
Friday 22 Dec 2017--8:00pm

Location and map

Fortune Theatre
Russell Street
London, WC2B 5HH

106 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, 18 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, 18 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 lull... More

doonakebab 5'10", 23 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", 23 reviews, 0 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 or 5'7", 38 reviews, 0 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 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 or 5'7", 38 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Loved the play. Although extremely minimalistic, it's done in such an imaginative way that I was glued to it from start to finish.

chriswilliams 5'10" (about 180cm), 5 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Loved the play. Although extremely minimalistic, it's done in such an imaginative way that I was glued to it from start to finish.

chriswilliams 5'10" (about 180cm), 5 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 c... More

RomaRadford 5"10, 65 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.

RomaRadford 5"10, 65 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Terrifying, and but brilliant! Only 2 actors in the cast, and they both put on an amazing show!

jessamybennett 5'4", 13 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Terrifying, and but brilliant! Only 2 actors in the cast, and they both put on an amazing show!

jessamybennett 5'4", 13 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, 60 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, 60 reviews, 7 helpful votes

The show was quite good, the second act in particular, but it did feel slow at times.

liamtaliesin 6", 7 reviews, 0 helpful votes

The show was quite good, the second act in particular, but it did feel slow at times.

liamtaliesin 6", 7 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I got this seat for a bargain price at one of the ticket shops in london! (It was originally 50 something and I got it for £28) th... More

angelstagg 20 reviews, 1 helpful vote

I got this seat for a bargain price at one of the ticket shops in london! (It was originally 50 something and I got it for £28) the view was perfect and the show was just as spooky as I remember it from a few years ago!

angelstagg 20 reviews, 1 helpful vote
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