The Woman in Black - Fortune Theatre

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Venue Information

Fortune Theatre
Russell Street
London
London
WC2B 5HH

Seating Plan

Directions

Directions
(5mins) Go right on Long Acre; turn right into Bow Street and after 100 metres go left on Russell Street, from where the theatre logo can be seen.

Review Summary
Average Rating: 4.2 out of 5 stars based on 40 review(s)

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Latest Review: "Not such a review of the play, which we enjoyed although we found the graveyard scene as from the..."

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 is a powerful, bleak and intense production which combines live theatre with the cinematic quality of film noir.  It follows in the tradition of the ghost story and yet it is not a ghost or horror story as we would imagine it.  It does however use the devices of atmosphere, tension and shadowy goings on to create a certain uneasy and spine-chilling experience.

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.

Show Information
Booking From: Monday, 22nd December 2014
Booking Until: Saturday, 25th July 2015
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.
Show Schedule
Mon: 8pm
Tue: 3pm and 8pm
Wed: 8pm
Thu: 8pm
Fri: 8pm
Sat: 4pm and 8pm
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