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The Woman In Black
Dame Susan Hill’s acclaimed ghost story comes dramatically alive in Stephen Mallatratt’s ingenious stage adaptation.
Starring Richard Hope as ‘Arthur Kipps’ and Mark Hawkins as ‘The Actor’
The Woman In Black is a gripping theatrical exploration of terror, 'a masterpiece' (The Guardian) that's been thrilling audiences of all ages with its unique blend of suspense, drama and bold stagecraft. Now celebrating 27 terrifying years in the West End, Robin Herford’s gripping production is a brilliantly successful study in atmosphere, illusion and controlled horror.
A lawyer obsessed with a curse that he believes has been cast over him and his family by the spectre of a Woman in Black, engages a sceptical young actor to help him tell his terrifying story and exorcise the fear that grips his soul. It all begins innocently enough, but then, as they reach further into his darkest memories, they find themselves caught up in a world of eerie marshes and moaning winds.
Feel the power of the Woman In Black for yourself and experience the 'most brilliantly effective spine-chiller you will ever encounter' (The Daily Telegraph).
- Cancellation Policy
No refunds or exchanges available after purchase.
2 hours (including a 15 minute interval)
- Good To Know
There may be school groups attending this performance. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.
- How Does It Work
You will receive a confirmation email.
If you have chosen collect at box office please print the confirmation and bring on the day, a minimum of 30 minutes before the performance start time.
If you have chosen to receive tickets by post, tickets are send closer to the performance time and can arrive up to 72 hours before the performance date.
- Suitable For Children
The Woman in Black is suitable for children aged 8 and over, under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. Children aged under 5 will not be admitted to the Fortune Theatre.
Tuesday and Thursday: 3pm
- Where Do I Go
Fortune Theatre, Russell Street, Covent Garden,London, WC2B 5HH
By Tube: Covent Garden, Leicester Square, Holborn, Charing Cross
By Bus: 24, 29 or 17
Latest customer reviews
An ingenious take on a fantastic book
11 September 2022
I had a really great time. The woman in black is one of my favourite books and I think the playwright has found a very clever way to adapt it for the stage. The actors were great and the play manages to be both funny and scary. SPOILER ALERT My only complaint is that the woman in black's face should have stayed under a veil as the make-up or mask was a little ridiculous to my taste: the less you show, the scarier it is...
Xavier Confirmed ticket purchaser
19 April 2022
Great acting really well executed
Jackie keyte Confirmed ticket purchaser
23 February 2020
Mags Confirmed ticket purchaser
Edge of your seat entertainment!
22 February 2020
Fantastic production, edge of your seat, fast paced and terrifyingly good!
George and Lin Confirmed ticket purchaser
Woman in black
21 February 2020
A very unusual play. After seeing the films i wasn't sure what to expect, maybe i was expecting in the play similar to the film. Was not expecting it to be just two actors acting out various characters with sound effects and props and a couple of glimpses of a woman in black. Though they were very good i think it was confusing probably for the younger members.
Mrs P Confirmed ticket purchaser
The Women In Black
21 February 2020
Sharon Confirmed ticket purchaser
Intelligent and literary - don’t go if you want horror
13 February 2020
If you enjoy classical literature, this is for you. The cast comprises just two actors (plus a ghost who appears from time to time). The actors tell the story through narrative. The play is extremely wordy and cleverly put together. If you want an action-packed horror show, you will be disappointed. If you enjoy the power of words, you’ll love it.
Sharon from Clacton Confirmed ticket purchaser
9 February 2020
Thoroughly enjoyed the performance! Excellently acted by the two actors, they slowly built up the suspense until we jumped in our seats! The wonderful acting and dialog along with props and sound effects help you imagine the basic stage set is the setting for the chilling story. Go and see it!
Hannah Confirmed ticket purchaser
Well worth the watch
1 February 2020
Great performance took the mrs to watch it as a present, would highly recommend, was funny at times but also good too watch couple brilliant performers and well deserved applause at the end of the show, if your undecided whether or not to go see this in theatre I would highly recommend.
Alex Confirmed ticket purchaser
30 January 2020
Actors were very good and talented, but it was very slow going and did not like the production
Philip Confirmed ticket purchaser
The Woman in Black
27 January 2020
Very emotive. It made me laugh; it made me jump in fright & it made me cry and all this with only two actors and basic props. Would highly recommend seeing this play. Acting is incredible.
Anne Confirmed ticket purchaser
Great show but uncomfortable seats
23 January 2020
The show was amazing very thrilling and entertaining. The jumps were fantastic and very unexpected.
Shauna Confirmed ticket purchaser
Worst 2 hours of my life
31 December 2019
Boring, not scary, hard to follow, only 2 actors, few props, no change of scene. Was an amateur performance, waste of £60.
James Confirmed ticket purchaser
2 December 2019
Great performance by 2 percent extremely talented actors !!
Indiana Confirmed ticket purchaser
Scary Birthday Treat!
25 November 2019
Saw the play when it first was performed at The Fortune, 30 years its not lost any of it’s scary bits! Brilliant acting. Hope its still going in another 30 years time!
LynneB Confirmed ticket purchaser
10 November 2019
I didn’t really know what to expect from this show, it was ok , clever from the point that there is only two actors , not my favourite show but worth seeing
K Lou 74 Confirmed ticket purchaser
Very fine acting, scared the sh..t out of us 😆
30 October 2019
We absolutely enjoyed the play ! Very good acting, the way they suggested eg the carriage was fenomenal. Must see !
Kristine Confirmed ticket purchaser
Couples Date Night
19 October 2019
Me and my partner would like to say that this was a rather theatrical performance considering it was only the two actors acting out the whole play. There were definitley some jumpy parts and some of which had you hiding away behind your hands at some bits too. All in all it was a good night and for me to say that is strange since im not keen on the theatre. I understand that oter reviews may state that it was a little bit boring but non the less i think the actors did a great job. Thank you for such a lovely evening.
Cj Confirmed ticket purchaser
6 October 2019
Really clever theatre how the story is put togther. The movements of the furniture, the sounds and lights bring everything together so well. The two actors were brilliant!!!!
Sam Confirmed ticket purchaser
6 October 2019
Brilliant acting, can’t believe what can be created from what is practically two men, a stage and a basket!!!
David Confirmed ticket purchaser
28 August 2019
Kept us enthralled for the duration of the show, just two men and a box is all they needed. Very very impressed
Jamie Confirmed ticket purchaser
28 July 2019
Such incredible acting, spine chilling and a lot funnier then I expected! The only thing that would’ve made it better is if the audience wasn’t there 😂
Kate P Confirmed ticket purchaser
28 July 2019
My second time seeing this play and still so very scary. Incredible achievement to make this book work on stage and still be as frightening and full of suspense as the novel. Not to be missed. Unsurprising that it has been running for 30 years...
Lou Confirmed ticket purchaser
The Woman in Black
7 July 2019
A truly modern ghost story, jumped out of my skin on more than one occasion!
John Connaughton Confirmed ticket purchaser
30 June 2019
Seen this 4 times now and I think that it is brilliantly acted every time. You wouldn’t think it’s been going everyday for years. Still made me jump!
LAK59 Confirmed ticket purchaser
23 June 2019
I wasn't sure if I was going to enjoy it when it first started but it was so good, both actor (and the Lady in Black) were brilliant.
Pam Confirmed ticket purchaser
13 June 2019
Seen it second time! Very good show
Natasha Confirmed ticket purchaser
30 May 2019
So amazing！one of the most impressive plays i had seen in West end.
Yanni Confirmed ticket purchaser
29 May 2019
I took my daughter to see this as a birthday present as she had wanted to go for a long time. We both found it to be very slow and not at all frightening although there were a few loud bangs and screams. The theatre itself felt as if it could do with a good clean. I am pleased I only paid half price for our seats...
L M Savin Confirmed ticket purchaser
11 May 2019
Great show, actors were amazing and carried the whole performance perfectly. Such an atmospheric performance with great scares. Must see and would recommend to anyone.
Jemma Confirmed ticket purchaser
5 May 2019
Ella casson Confirmed ticket purchaser
27 April 2019
Enjoyed the show immensely, both performers were amazing! Loved the suspense
Nicola C, Burnham Confirmed ticket purchaser
17 April 2019
Amazing play fantastic actors and story will be going again
Sean Confirmed ticket purchaser
12 April 2019
A really enjoyable afternoon. The set on view as we sat down was spooky and as the story unfolded revealed secrets and areas invisible at the start. Brilliant use of the gauze curtain to reveal the back room and the graveyard at different times. A gripping story well lit and brilliantly acted. Entranced throughout.
Bob Duddridge Confirmed ticket purchaser
Not for me
11 April 2019
I came to see this show on the advise of two people who have seen the show, one of them has been twice. And the fact it's the 2nd longest running play, means millions love it. I, however, did not. I appreciate that the acting was amazing, that's not at doubt at all. I've never seen or heard such emotion and expression from such a small cast. For me though, I need more of a sensory experience to enjoy it. I'm sure the show will run for a lot longer than I ever could!
Kibby Confirmed ticket purchaser
8 April 2019
Surprised at how slow it was to get started and as someone who usually finds London West end productions so brilliantly done I was very uninspired. There were a few ‘startling moments , more could have been made of the Appearances of the Woman , ,a lot of it was laboured and the set boring , no variation. The scenes with invisible the dog were laughable for the wrong reasons . Needed occasional music maybe Sorry would not recommend except for school groups
DT Confirmed ticket purchaser
Mrs Nibbs and Co
7 April 2019
Thoroughly enjoyed the haunting performance. The cast were superb and the staging beautifully simple and effective. Loved the theatre ,what a treasure. We will return.
Claire Confirmed ticket purchaser
7 April 2019
This is the third time I have seen this play over the past 20 years and it did not disappoint! Took my son this time.... he loved it! Hopefully it will carry on so I can take my daughter in a few years once she is old enough!
JJ Confirmed ticket purchaser
Wonderful talented actors
7 April 2019
Great actors, really lets your imagination run.
Marcel Confirmed ticket purchaser
Awesome yet frightening
24 March 2019
Loved the play! Usually the audience have to be quiet during a play but here they get the audience shrieking with fright. Very effective and absolutely amazingly immersive experience
L Confirmed ticket purchaser
17 March 2019
I brought tickets to take my daughter to see Woman in Black, as they are studying the play as part of their GCSE’s. I was not expecting that much to be honest and was actually not looking forward to seeing the play. How wrong could I have been. It was brilliantly thought out, and had you listening intently throughout. I did not want it to end. The atmosphere / setting and the excellent acting all added to the overall feel and aesthetics, making you believe in the story even more. I would definitely say it’s not for the feint of heart, there are a few well timed scares, (not going to ruin it) Afterwards both my daughter and I were saying about sleeping with a light on when we got home. Well done.
Emma Confirmed ticket purchaser
1 March 2019
Not worth the expense.
SybilT Confirmed ticket purchaser
21 February 2019
seen 3 times, and loved it every time
paulette biddell Confirmed ticket purchaser
10 February 2019
A lovely old theatre, quite small, but full of character. An amazing performance with only 2 actors who managed to create a very tense atmosphere with lights, sound effects and dialogue. Very clever.. Had a lovely time, only let down by the exorbitant price of drinks - £10..!!
Gwynn Confirmed ticket purchaser
5 February 2019
We really enjoyed this performance - we didn't know anything about the story beforehand, but it was excellently acted and we were very impressed by the stage support. The fact that our seats were upgraded added to our great experience!
Helen Confirmed ticket purchaser
Really good show
19 November 2018
Would definitely recommend to any horror fan. With the little amount of actors and resources the production has available, it is very interestingly designed and created perfectly to make it as eerie, spooky and mysterious as possible... and definitely works!
Lois Confirmed ticket purchaser
24 October 2018
I would just to say how Great The Woman in Black play is. Took my daughter to see this Yesterday Tues 223rd Oct as a treat while in London. I had seen it before and was aware of how captivating it is and how it draws you in using your imagination. But still it still made me jump and heart race, my daughter also has now experienced this and loved every minute. Thank you for such a fab show and would recommend this for theatre lovers who enjoy a little bit of something different. x
Debbie Confirmed ticket purchaser
2 August 2018
Loved every second of it amazing experience totally recommend to watch
Fabio Confirmed ticket purchaser
19 July 2018
While the show had minimal props and actors, it was brilliant! A fan of the ghost story, the play was wonderfully executed and thrilling. I couldn't believe how truly creepy it was. Very well done and a wonderful way to spend a Friday evening.
Kris Confirmed ticket purchaser
The woman in black
1 July 2018
Absolutely fantastic show! Both actors were amazing in their portrayals of the various characters and they made the whole performance very real for the audience. Excellent effects which gave the fear factor. Would absolutely watch again and recommend to anyone who hasn’t yet seen it to go.
G Wilmshurst Confirmed ticket purchaser