The Woman in Black Reviews - Fortune Theatre

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Fortune Theatre

Fortune Theatre
Russell Street

Seating Plan


(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 out of 5 stars based on 56 review(s)


Latest Review: "I Really enjoyed the Woman in black at the fortune theatre and i got plenty of jump scares. The acti..."

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    Wednesday, 24th Apr 2013 by Steve W

Dreadful beyond belief. Not scary (I expected that), not convincing and utterly tedious. Poorly acted (I'm sorry, I know how hard they work) and probably the worst play I've ever seen outside a school hall.

But a REAL word of warning here: if you want to go, when you book you should ask whether there are schoolchildren in the audience because this is a HOT TOPIC on the syllabus at the moment, and compulsory viewing for the poor little blighters (is this how their interest in acting is being encouraged ?) The problem was, the theatre was 90% full of 15-16 year old kids, talking, muttering, shifting in their squeaky seats, and of course the boys flicking pellets at the girls. The teachers did well to keep the level of control that they did, but the atmosphere was a buzz of low-key hormonal boredom, fidgeting and rustling of note pads. They ruined our experience, but I felt sorry for them, too. All I'd say to them is, study this for your exams, but before you write off drama/theatre as boring, there's a whole lot of really good stuff out there. It's a shame that this wasn't it.

    Saturday, 16th Mar 2013 by Maggie

Really enjoyed ths play. Not sure how it would have come over in a bigger theatre, but the 'fortune theatre was exactly the right size for this play. It was very well acted, I could not think how a stage play would come across as scary,but it worked.

Thank you for a really enjoyable evening

    Sunday, 17th Feb 2013 by Rodders

This is probably the most boring play we've ever seen. We were waiting for the scary bit, we waited... and waited...and the play ended.

    Saturday, 19th Jan 2013 by Alicat

If you want entertainment, see the film. If you want culture, read the book, if you want a kip, watch the play. My family and I have never been so bored at the theatre and didn't jump once. These people who thought it was fantastic really need to get out more.

    Friday, 4th Jan 2013 by Brittany

I loved this play I would see it as many times as I could. I recommend everyone to see it it's just amazing.

    Saturday, 29th Dec 2012 by Mat

This play was amazing, and was done with the use of great acting, and the grand use of imagination. I highly recommend this play to anyone!

    Monday, 17th Dec 2012 by Liam Harvey

just amazing........

    Sunday, 2nd Dec 2012 by Liam Anderson

Came with very high hopes as I've been told by many that this is one of the best performances on the West End at the present time. I was massively disappointed by the utterly appalling acting of the two cast members. The script is tight and would allow for a lot of tension and thrills if performed correctly. Many of the audience sniggered at some of the lines that were delivered as the actors seemed as if they simply couldn't be bothered to put in any effort into their respective performances. Save your 40 quid and GIVE IT A MISS! Trust me.

    Friday, 23rd Nov 2012 by David

The atmosphere was completely ruined by being surrounded by a huge party of teenagers 14-16 that occupied 90% of the upper circle. I wish I had been warned by Fortune Theatre about this before I booked my tickets. With the irritatingly fidgety kids OTT screaming on cue the play felt more like a corny panto.

Also I have not received a response email from Fortune Theatre concerning the issue.

All in all a disappointing experience.

    Sunday, 18th Nov 2012 by catherine

it was a phenomenal performance which had me gripping my chair throughout the whole performance even when something as simple as a door shutting had me screaming my head of! I had high expectations to begin with but the play exceeded even those!

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Show Information
Booking From: Tuesday, 3rd November 2020
Booking Until: Saturday, 3rd April 2021
Running Time: 2 Hours (with a 15 min interval)
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. Latecomers will only be admitted at a suitable time in the performance.
Show Schedule
Tue: 3pm and 8pm
Wed: 8pm
Thu: 3pm and 8pm
Fri: 8pm
Sat: 4pm and 8pm