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.
This long-running horror play has been haunting audiences at the Fortune Theatre since the 1980s and has proven to be both popular and long-serving. Based on the novel by Susan Hill, it has been a staple of the West End for decades now and is also well known to audiences for the 2012 film starring Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe.
It 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.
It was first performed back in 1987 to rave reviews. It then went to the West End where it has been a major attraction for audiences ever since. It has also attracted global acclaim in the US, South America and Japan to name but a few.
The Woman In Black can still be seen at the West End’s Fortune Theatre.
Did You Know?
• 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).
• The current cast in the West End includes Malcolm James and Matt Connor as Arthur Kipps and The Actor respectively (correct as of March 2016).
• Jan Knightley and Alex Packer are the show’s understudies.
• The play was adapted for the stage by playwright Stephen Mallatratt.
• The show’s director is Robin Herford.
• Though it is best known as a West End show, The Woman In Black originally premiered in Scarborough and was first seen in London at the Lyric Hammersmith.
|Booking From:||Friday, 24th June 2016|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 21st January 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|
|Tuesday, 28 Jun, 2016||Fortune Theatre, London||The Woman in Black|
|Wednesday, 29 Jun, 2016||Fortune Theatre, London||The Woman in Black|
|Thursday, 30 Jun, 2016||Fortune Theatre, London||The Woman in Black|
|Friday, 01 Jul, 2016||Fortune Theatre, London||The Woman in Black|
|Saturday, 02 Jul, 2016||Fortune Theatre, London||The Woman in Black|
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