Woman in Black Tickets

Fortune Theatre Russell Street, London, WC2B 5HH
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Important Info
The Woman In Black Child Policy

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 Information

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.
Performance Timings
Monday - -
Tuesday 15:00 20:00
Wednesday - 20:00
Thursday 15:00 20:00
Friday - 20:00
Saturday 16:00 20:00
Sunday - -
Show Info

Book Woman in Black Tickets

One of the West End’s longest-running plays, The Woman in Black has been terrifying audiences in London since 1989.

Based on Susan Hill’s novel of the same name, The Woman in Black tells the story of Arthur Kipps, a solicitor who is sent to the remote town of Crythin Gifford to attend the funeral of a client, during which he sees a mysterious woman dressed in black. He is tasked with sorting his client’s papers, and so visits Eel Marsh House where she used to live. In the play, Kips enlists the assistance of an actor to help tell the unsettling things he witnessed.

The cast for The Woman in Black currently features Terence Wilton as Kips and James Byng as The Actor. The play’s original cast featured Charles Kay as Arthur Kipps and John Duttine as The Actor.

The play first opened in Scarborough in 1987 before transferring to London’s Lyric Hammersmith in 1989. It has run at the Fortune Theatre since August of that year, and is the West End’s second longest-running non-musical production, behind The Mousetrap.

Daniel Radcliffe famously starred in a Hollywood film adaptation of the novel in 2012, taking on the role of Arthur Kipps. The film also starred Ciarán Hinds, Janet McTeer and Sophie Stuckey, and was praised for its chilling horror. A sequel, Angel of Death, was released in 2015 based on a different short story by Susan Hill.

Hill’s novel has become a staple piece of literature on many school curricula, with many classes experiencing the play to aid there studies. Despite the success of the book and the films, there is no substitution for seeing the spine-tingling horrors of The Woman in Black live, on-stage.

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The Woman In Black Synopsis

The play begins on an empty stage, as an older actor Arthur Kipps is reading his story aloud in an effort to exorcise the spirit from his life. His delivery is mocked by a younger actor, who decides to act out Kipps' narrative himself, assuming his role whilst the real Kipps plays the other characters from the story and the ghost story begins to unfold.

The story tells of the younger Arthur Kipps, a junior Lawyer, who is sent to settle the estate of Alice Drablow who lives in the remote Eel Marsh House. As he notices a mysterious figure dressed in black at her funeral, he is shocked to find out that none of the other villagers reported seeing her.

Undeterred from his task, Kipps spends time alone at the house, and finds himself cut off from the town thanks to the marshes. He is forced to spend a night in the house, discovering a child's nursery behind a locked door. His curiosity leads to him revealing a haunting secret – a secret which makes him wish he never found out...

Facts & Figures

The play adaptation originally opened at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough. It later transferred to London's Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, before moving to the West End Playhouse and later the Fortune Theatre where it has remained since 1989.

After The Mousetrap, the production is the second longest-running non-musical play in the history of the West End.

Susan Hill's story was adapted into a film version starring Daniel Radcliffe in 2012. A sequel was released in 2015.

The Woman In Black Child Policy 

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 Information 

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.

Important information

Running time
Booking Until
Sat, 27 July 2019

Woman in Black Cast

By: Stephen Mallatratt from the novel by Susan Hill
Producer: PW Productions
Director: Robin Herford
Lighting: Kevin Sleep
Design: Michael Holt

Cast List

Mark Hawkins (The Actor) and Richard Hope (Arthur Kipps)

Richard Hope and Mark Hawkins star as Arthur Kipps and The Actor, respectively. The play within a play concept allows both performers to portray a number of different characters in a simple yet highly effective presentation.

Woman in Black Critics & Reviews


This pitch black staging of Susan Hill's thriller is irresistibly eerie

It's been decades since this skillful adaptation of Susan Hill's 1983 Gothic horror story first started setting West End audience a-shiver. 'The Woman in Black' remains perennially popular – particularly, it seems, with generally hard-to-please teenagers – which is testament to its rough-theatre appeal and the extraordinary and enduring potency, not of guts, gore or special effects, but of simple suggestion.

Ageing Arthur Kipps is haunted by sinister events that befell him 30 years earlier. In an effort to exorcise his demons, he hires an actor to help him tell his story for an invited audience.

As they rehearse, though, their staging itself becomes prey to supernatural visitations from the titular hatchet-faced, whip-thin, funereally garbed woman. Stephen Mallatratt's dramatisation and a deft production by Robin Herford exploit the peculiarly spooky atmosphere of an empty theatre, making us, as an audience, feel almost like spectral voyeurs. And the chills are irresistibly effective: swirling fog, a creaking rocking chair, a locked door, a pale visage looming out of the gloom.

Only occasionally does the staging show its age. The projected image of the gaunt, sinister house of Kipps' tormented memory looks hopelessly cheap and crude, and a graveyard conjured with dust sheets struggles to convince, even within the low-tech aesthetic parameters of the piece.

Yet the shrieks and gasps that greet the performance demonstrate that, even in the twenty-first century, this doughty little drama still casts its delicious spell of malevolence and menace.

This review is from 2004. The cast of 'The Woman in Black' now includes Stuart Fox (Mr Kipps) and Joseph Chance (The Actor).

How to get cheap tickets: The Fortune Theatre does not offer day seats. Special reductions are available for parties of eight or more.


Ref Link : Time Out
Venue Info

Fortune Theatre

Russell Street, London, WC2B 5HH


Fortune Theatre

Address: Russell Street, London, WC2B 5HH
Capacity: 432

The Fortune Theatre opened on 8th November 1924, the first theatre to be built in London after World War I. Laurence Cowen commissioned Ernest Schaufelberg to design the theatre for a site opposite the Theatre Royal Drury Lane that used to play host to a popular drinking spot for Georgian and Victorian actors, the Albion Tavern. Laurence Cowen also wrote the first play that was performed here, Sinners, which unfortunately only played for two weeks!

During the 1930s, the Fortune Theatre hosted a plethora of works including several from amateur societies, and was used during World War II by the Entertainments National Service Association, who provided entertainment for the British armed forces. Following the war, the theatre has welcomed some of the entertainment industries elite with Dame Judi Dench, Maureen Lipman, Alan Bennett and Flanders & Swann all appearing well into the 1980s. Other notable shows to play this venue include the musicals Mr. Cinders in 1983 and Nunsense in 1987.

But the Fortune Theatre is most famous for hosting its current production, The Woman in Black, which has played at the theatre since June 1989 and is the second longest running play in the West End, beaten only by The Mousetrap.

The theatre is currently owned by the Ambassador Theatre Group.


The auditorium has three levels – Stalls, Dress Circle and Upper Circle. The Fortune Theatre is the second smallest West End house and offers a very inclusive theatrical experience.

The Stalls offers good legroom throughout, but the raking of the seating only really affects the last few rows of seats.

The Dress Circle legroom is less desirable, but the seats still allow good views.

The Upper Circle is set relatively high in the theatre for such a small space, set back from the Dress Circle.

Facilities At Fortune Theatre 

Seat plan: Fortune Theatre Seat Plan
Facilities: Air conditioned
Infrared hearing loop

Access description:
No steps into foyer from street through double doors. Box Office counter to left. Dress Circle up 7 steps. 1 step between rows in auditorium. Row G has the most leg room. 21 steps down to Stalls, more than 40 to Upper Circle. Most staircases have handrails on both sides. Auditorium opens 30mins before the performance.

Sound Amplification: Sennheiser amplification and loop system available in all areas of the auditorium. There are 20 amplification headsets and 5 loop headsets.

Guide Dogs: Guide dogs are not allowed into the auditorium due to large sound effects in the show, but staff are happy to dog-sit.

Disabled Access: No spaces for wheelchair users who have to stay in their chairs. The person in a wheelchair must be able to negotiate a few stairs as there is no access into the theatre for wheelchairs. Box A has a side entrance from Crown Court with one step down into the anteroom, and three shallow steps with a rail into the box, also a toilet in the ante room. Through the side EXIT door on Crown Court, there are 5 steps to the main Dress Circle.

Toilets: Ladies on all levels, Gents in the Stalls and Upper level.

Disabled Toilets: No adapted toilets. The private toilet next to Box A is the most accessible

Nearest tube: Covent Garden
Tube lines: Piccadilly
Location: West End
Railway station: Charing Cross
Bus numbers: (Aldwych) RV1, 6, 11, 13, 23, 59, 68, 87, 171, 172, 188, X68
Night bus numbers: (Aldwych) 6, 23, 188, N11, N13, N26, N47, N68, N87, N89, N155, N171, N551
Car park: Drury Lane, Parker Street (5mins)
Within congestion zone?: es
Directions from tube: (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.


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