The Woman in Black - Fortune Theatre

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Venue Information
Fortune Theatre

Fortune Theatre
Russell Street
London
London
WC2B 5HH

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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 out of 5 stars based on 56 review(s)

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

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.

For a spooky night in the West End, look no further than the legendary Woman In Black, still running at the Fortune Theatre after nearly three decades!

This lengthy run makes it’s the second longest-running play in the capital after Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap and offers a unique and unforgettable experience. This is because The Woman In Black is a dark gothic horror that has been getting under the skins of audiences since the late 1980s.

With its eerie surroundings, impressive script and memorable performances it is a true horror that is an intrinsic part of the West End.

Stephen Mallatratt’s script is plucked from the pages of Susan Hill’s acclaimed 1983 novel, which has enjoyed a successful journey since it first emerged back then. Not only has this stage show become a staple of the West End, a film version was released in 2012 with Daniel Radcliffe in the lead role, only spreading its popularity further.

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. 
So it is easy to see why this is one of the top horrors to be seen on a stage and how it has enjoyed such a long run in London’s West End.

This tale follows in the footsteps of such esteemed writers as Charles Dickens, Henry James, Edith Wharton and Daphne du Maurier.  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 undoubtedly cause audiences to flock to the original novel to see where it all started.

Did You Know?

• The cast at the Fortune Theatre currently consists of Terence Wilton and James Byng as Arthur Kipps and The Actor, respectively, with Christopher Gilling and Raymond Rose as understudies (correct as of October 2017).
• The off-stage team, who have worked to bring Susan Hill’s vision to life, include director Robin Herford, lighting designer Kevin Sleep and sound designer Rod Mead, amongst others.
• Author Susan Hill has penned various novels during her career, including I’m The King Of The Castle and The Various Haunts Of Men, amongst others. Her work has earned her numerous awards.
• This isn’t the only horror to appear in the West End in recent years, with Ghost Stories scaring crowds at the Duke of York’s Theatre and 2017 bringing The Exorcist to the Phoenix Theatre.
• In addition to this stage production and the 2012 film, the novel The Woman In Black has also been adapted on other occasions. BBC Radio has produced two versions of the story and another screen version was created for television in the late 1980s. A touring version of this production has also been seen around the UK.

 

Show Information
Booking From: Tuesday, 21st August 2018
Booking Until: Saturday, 27th July 2019
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
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