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Theatre details

Fortune Theatre

Fortune Theatre
Russell Street

5 min walk from Covent Garden Tube Station. Head southeast onto Floral Street, right onto Bow Street, left onto Martlett Court and the theatre will be on the right on Russell Street.

Covent Garden station is 3 minute walk (250 metres)



Show notes

Running time: 2 hours

Booking from: 20 Oct 2016

Booking until: 23 Sep 2017

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The Show
This hugely successful adaptation of Susan Hill's celebrated ghost story has been thrilling audiences in the West End for 25 years, whilst staying true to the original story, Stephen Mallatratt has created the extra dimension of a play within a play.Cleverly told, this chilling tale will take you on a journey laced with illusion and horror. Using only two actors throughout, prepare for an intimate and enthralling performance...When the play begins, we meet our main character Arthur Kipps and the young actor he has hired to help tell his story. Reliving his past, Arthurs' tale of the mysterious Woman in Black begins to unfold.Upon hearing of the death of an elderly and reclusive relative, young Kipps travels to her marsh-surrounded home to look through her papers. It is in the nearby village he first encounters the Woman in Black, and finds everyone he meets is too terrified to speak of her.Following a harrowing experience out on the misty marshes, Arthur discovers a series of old letters amongst his relative's belongings which reveal the ghostly woman's story, he delves deeper into her dark past, all at his own terrible cost...

Please be aware there is a high likelihood of school groups attending performances, especially for Mondays and Thursdays.

History of the Woman in Black
The Woman in Black is based on Susan Hill's novel of the same name, written in 1983, it was first adapted for the stage in 1987 and opened in London's West End in 1989, where it has continued to pull in audiences making it the second longest-running non-musical play in the history of the West End, second only to The Mousetrap.

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Awards and what the critics have to say
Highly acclaimed by critics, Stephen Mallatratt's ingenious stage adaptation has entered the West End record books and continues to amaze audiences night after night.
"A MASTERPIECE" - The Guardian

Interesting facts about The Woman in Black
  • The Woman in Black was first performed in 1987 at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough under the name of a "Christmas Ghost Story"
  • Although the dog, Spider, is very much a real character in both the book and the play, he is never portrayed by either actor and left completely up to the audiences' imagination.
  • The main prop used throughout the play is a large wicker basket, amongst other objects this is used as a bed and a carriage.

The Woman in Black audience reviews

Excellent, 88%Score from 205 reviews


"Thoroughly enjoyed the show.Excellent.Loved The Fortunes Theatre it`s amazing.For anyone who has not seen The Woman in Black you must watch."


"2nd time ive seen the woman in black and it was even better the second time around.i cannot recommend this show highly enough"

"Very good"30/8/2016

"Very realistic - amazing for only two actors + XXXXX"

"The performance from both actors was exceptional. They kept the audience captivated and in suspense"14/8/2016


"The show was amazing started off slow but once you started to use your imagination and the people got into character the show was brilliant. There is only 2 people on stage also the Woman in Black herself but the way they captured your imagination and each character they introduced made you believe there were more people taking part in the play. This is a show that I and my partner would highly recommend and it will not disappoint."


"Enthralling, clever and very enjoyable. Just two actors (and a ghost!) don`t expect a colourful west end performance. This us an intimate small story told by two brilliant actors."

"Atmospheric and quirky theatre, fantastic show !"4/6/2016

"Brilliantly acted."3/6/2016

"Just 2 actors who played parts between them during the 2 hour performance. They were brilliant! Theatre is tiny and old- thus giving added impetus to the atmosphere and ambience for a "ghostly" production. Excellent evening - not to be missed"

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Fortune Theatre
Russell Street

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