|Booking From:||Saturday, 24th September 2016|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 23rd September 2017|
|Running Time:||2 hours|
|Age Restriction:||The Woman in Black is on the National Curriculum for English and Drama, so some performances (especially matinees and on weekdays) are likely to have school groups in attendance.|
|Important Info:||This play is not suitable for those with a nervous disposition or who cannot handle sudden shocks. Please be advised that there is a large possibility of school groups being present at The Woman In Black, especially for Monday to Thursday performances.|
|Tue:||3pm and 8pm|
|Sat:||4pm and 8pm|
Myself and my teenage kids thoroughly enjoyed this play. When it began I thought it would be tedious but within 5 minutes we were hooked and at the edge of our seats. The acting was superb and you really feel as if you are on that causeway.
Susan Hill’s classic ghost story still haunts the London stage after 21 years and is just as spine-tingling as ever. The Woman in Black has toured extensively over the years but I imagine that the combination of the spooky Fortune Theatre and this terrific thriller will be hard to beat.
A solicitor named Arthur Kipps employs an a young actor to help him to tell a story he has been unable to articulate years since the event took place. As a junior solicitor, Arthur is sent North from London to the imposing Eel Marsh House where a Mrs Alice Drablow, the sole owner, has died. While attending the funeral He notices the fleeting presence of a young woman with a wasted face, dressed all in black, at the back of the church. When he asks the locals about her, they refuse to engage with him or admit she exists. While sorting through the affairs of his client Kipps is struck by feelings of dread and anxiety as the mystery of the Woman in Black unfolds with terrible consequences.
London’s spookiest play has been running for 21 years now. The play usually recasts the main roles every 6 months so it will always feel fresh and the standard of actor involved will remain high. Michael Mears is a seasoned National Theatre and RSC actor and gives a brilliant performance as Mr Kipps, and Orlando Wells (History Boys) is assured and likable as the young actor telling his story. The play is cleverly staged with minimal set initially and opening up the deeper we get into the story. The storytelling is vivid and gripping. It has the suspense of Hitchcock and a real film noir feel to it. This was my third time watching it and I feel that director Robin Herford keeps the production fresh by playing to the strengths of each new group of actors while remaining true to the essence of the character and the story they are telling. Sit in the centre stalls for the best experience.
Brilliantly theatrical, this is an atmospheric night of theatre you should not miss if you enjoy a great mystery or ghost story.
The Woman in Black - By Stephen Mallatratt based on the novel by Susan Hill at the Fortune Theatre, Russell Street, Covent Garden WC2.
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