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 forIf 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 Jun 2019
Booking until: 28 Mar 2020
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London, WC2B 5HH
230 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 such... More
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
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
Good old fashioned ghost story. No ‘frill’ scares just old school anticipation of suspense and fear. Great story and wonderful acting. More
The show was brilliant, fantastic acting, and a good few jumps included. Nothing too terrifying but really good fun.
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.... More
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... More
Very enjoyable. Started a little slow but then got better & better, completely pulling you in. The incredibly small acting duo, simple... More