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.
A trip to the West End isn’t just bright colours and song & dance numbers, it can also mean a thrilling and gripping trip into the dark unknown, As is the case with this famous horror at the Fortune Theatre, The Woman In Black.
It is adapted from the acclaimed 1983 novel from Susan Hill and has provided scares for audiences since it opened in the late 1980s, with a 2012 film adaptation starring Daniel Radcliffe adding to its fans.
The Woman In Black is set on England’s bleak and unforgiving east coast, around the flat salt marshes beyond the Nine Lives causeway. In this harsh setting is a house called Eel Marsh House. It is a tall, forbidding structure which is also isolated and so does not invite visitors or casual callers.
A Mrs Alice Drablow lived all alone here and has recently died, again all alone. A junior solicitor called Arthur Kipps is sent by the senior partners in his firm to attend to all the subsequent legal matters. He travels up from London to attend her funeral before tackiling the relevant paperwork.
This is a lonely task and at first he is unaware of what really went on behind those shuttered windows. The only feeling he is aware of is that of a sense of unease. During the funeral he spots a young woman dressed all in black with a pinched, and drawn face who later appears in the graveyard at the side of the house. Who is puzzled by her and so asks questions from the locals but they are extremely reticent about her existence, and as it turns out with good reason.
So, Kipps decides to find out for himself and waits until he sees her again. She duly appears and gradually reveals her identity to him and her terrible purpose.
This tale follows in the footsteps of such esteemed writers as Charles Dickens, Henry James and Edith Wharton. It will leave you on edge throughout before leading you to a blood-curdling climax. Not a tale for those of a sensitive disposition.
But for those who relish in nail biting tension and memorable scares, The Woman In Black will leave a lasting impression and ensure a successful trip to the West End.
The Woman In Black remains at the West End’s Fortune Theatre.
Did You Know?
• The current cast in the West End includes Malcolm James and Matt Connor as Arthur Kipps and The Actor respectively (correct as of August 2016).
• Behind the scenes, Robin Herford directs from Stephen Mallatratt’s script. Michael Holt is the designer and Rod Mead provides original sound design.
• As well as the mentioned film adaptation from director James Watkins, the story has also been adapted for television and radio between the 1980s and early 2000s.
• If it wasn’t for Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap at St Martin’s Theatre, this would be the longest running play in the West End (it celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2014).
|Booking From:||Wednesday, 26th October 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|
|Thursday, 27 Oct, 2016||Fortune Theatre, London||The Woman in Black|
|Friday, 28 Oct, 2016||Fortune Theatre, London||The Woman in Black|
|Saturday, 29 Oct, 2016||Fortune Theatre, London||The Woman in Black|
|Tuesday, 01 Nov, 2016||Fortune Theatre, London||The Woman in Black|
|Wednesday, 02 Nov, 2016||Fortune Theatre, London||The Woman in Black|
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