Susan Hill’s much acclaimed ghost story The Woman In Black is brought dramatically to life on the West End stage in Stephen Mallatratt’s ingenious adaptation at the Fortune Theatre. Robin Herford’s gripping production continues to be a hugely successful study in illusion, atmosphere and controlled horror that has both entertained and terrified over 7 million theatregoers to date over more than three decades!
A lawyer who has become 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 actor to assist him to tell his terrifying story and exorcise the fear that grips his soul. It seems to begin innocently enough, but as they scratch beneath the surface and reach further into his darkest thoughts and memories, and find themselves caught up in a world of eerie marshes and moaning winds and the bounderies between reality and make believe begin to blur....
What Is The Performance Schedule For The Woman In Black?
There are evening performaces on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 8pm. There are also matinee performances on Tuesday & Thursday at 3pm & Saturday at 4pm.
When Did The Woman In Black Open In The West End?
The play was first performed on stage in December 1987 as a low budget production for a Christmas play in Scarborough.? Due the popularity of the original production the play eventually arrived in the West End playing short runs in several venues before opening at the Fortune Theatre in August 1989 where it has remained as the resident attraction ever since making it the second longest running non musical production in West End history after The Mousetrap.
Is The Woman In Black Suitable For Children?
The Woman In Black is a horror story which some younger children may possibly find distressing and has a recommended minimum age of 12 years.
What Is The Running Time For The Woman In Black?
The play lasts for 2 hours and includes an interval.
Who Wrote The Woman In Black?
The Woman In Black is based on a novel written by Susan Hill in 1983 and was originally adapted for the stage by Stephen Mallatratt.
Have Any Famous Actors Appeared In The Woman In Black?
Although only two actors appear on stage during the production there have been several well known actors that have starred in the play including Joseph Fiennes and Martin Freeman.? Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe took on the starring role in the movie version of the play.
Who Starred In The Original West End Production Of The Woman In Black?
There are only two actors who actually appear on stage in the play and the London cast of the show originally consisted of Charles Kay as 'Arthur Kipps' and John Duttine as 'The Actor'.? The actress taking the title role in the original production who appears as a 'vision' was Nicola Sloane.
Seating PlanFortune Theatre Seating Plan
AddressRussell Street, London, WC2B 5HH
Directions from nearest 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.
(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
Drury Lane, Parker Street (5mins)
Within Congestion Zone
The Fortune Theatre is a small and intimate venue but despite having three tiers there are actually very few of the seats in the venue that feature a restriction to the view of the stage. The production itself features only a handful of actors so operating costs are low which means that tickets to The Woman In Black are very often good value with discounts available in all categories.
The upper circle on the 2nd floor is quite high up and a little steep, but tickets to The Woman In Black in this section of the theatre are generally very well priced with prices often starting as low as £20 and there are very few seats with restrictions to the view. Legroom can sometimes be an issue in smaller venues such as this though so it is advisable to check the seating plan prior to purchase to ensure satisfaction before booking.
As discount tickets to The Woman In Black are often available in all three sections of the theatre this probably boils down to personal preference. The seats in the upper circle will always be notably cheaper however in the stalls and dress circle there are good views from most positions and seats are usually very fairly priced. The centre aisle seats in the stalls are particularly good for people needing lots of legroom and the front row of the dress circle offers pretty much a perfect vantage point to see the show and are definitely recommended.
In super peak periods where discounts are not available for Woman In Black tickets such as school holidays, Christmas etc then booking direct through the box office at the Fortune Theatre can be beneficial. During off peak periods though great value online discounts can be found through reputable websites and also the official retail outlets in and around Leicester Square. It is strongly advisable when booking online or in the shops that you check that the agent is either affiliated with or are members of The Society Of London Theatre (SOLT) and/or The Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers (STAR) to ensure peace of mind over your purchase.