Fortune Theatre
Russell Street
London, WC2B 5HH
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Opened: 07 Jun 1989
Booking from: 24 May 2017
Booking until: 03 Mar 2018
Duration: 2 hours



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  • alexphillips 171cm or 5'7" male 12 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...!) ;)
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    View from Stalls C14
  • RomaRadford 5"10 female 15 reviews 0 helpful votes
    100% total rating The Woman in Black, 18th March 2017
    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.
    I enjoyed sitting in the Box because it added to the tension of the show, as we were sat away from the rest of the audience. I had a pretty clear few of most of the stage, except the far right which was obscured, so I had to lean forward to see what was happening. This was a little annoying, however there was more than enough legroom and the seat itself was comfortable.
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    View from Upper Circle Box C2
  • hannahcrawshaw 5"7 female 19 reviews 0 helpful votes
    80% total rating The Woman in Black, 22nd November 2016
    Very good performance of a hard book to illustrate. Very good use of set and props as well as the use of only 3 actors playing all the roles however this caused a few confusions when they changed!! Would recommend to adults/teenagers who are interested in this era and genre.
    Good view to see all of staging, leg room very good!! Comfort was quite average, slightly uncomfortable towards the end of the performance.
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  • rubenpoblete 1 review 0 helpful votes
    100% total rating The Woman in Black, 9th May 2017
    This was my first time watching a horror play and I have to say it was incredible. Totally recommend it. No wonder it is the second longest running play in London.
    Sat in Stalls C8
    We had an incredible view from these seats, not restricted at all. Row C was the best option by far and the tickets were very reasonably priced.
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    View from Stalls C8
If you sit in the central Stalls, around row G, you might be in for a surprise…
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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)