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The Woman In Black

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London theatre’s favourite ghost story, The Woman In Black centres on a keen young solicitor who is sent to wind up the affairs of a recently deceased woman, Mrs Alice Drablow. Read More >

London theatre’s favourite ghost story, The Woman In Black centres on a keen young solicitor who is sent to wind up the affairs of a recently deceased woman, Mrs Alice Drablow.

Alone in the eerie, isolated Eel Marsh House, young Arthur Kipps is unaware of the tragedy lurking in the house’s dark corners – he only feels an unnerving sense of unease. When he catches a glimpse of a wasted young woman dressed completely in black, Kipps tries to discover more about her, but the locals turn silent and he must unearth her secret on his own.

Years later, he recounts his experiences in a theatre, desperate to exorcise the ghosts of the past. Susan Hill’s acclaimed ghost story comes dramatically alive in Stephen Mallatratt’s ingenious stage adaptation.

An eerie thriller, The Woman In Black is based on Hill’s 1983 novel, adapted by Stephen Mallatratt but using much of Hill’s own description and dialogue. It features just two main cast members and minimal props to conjure its sense of rising fear and impending doom.

The stage adaptation of The Woman In Black was first presented at Scarborough’s Theatre-By-The-Sea in 1987, and proved such a success that it transferred to London two years later. It has been playing at the same venue ever since, The Fortune Theatre, making it one of London’s longest running plays.

In a case of life imitating art, The Woman In Black and the Fortune Theatre are said to have their very own ghost. Following a break-in at the theatre, a grey lady, thought to be a spirit protecting the venue, was seen in the lower boxes. Try and spot her if you can!

Now celebrating 30 terrifying years in the West End, and having played to over 7 million theatregoers, Robin Herford’s gripping production is a brilliantly successful study in atmosphere, illusion and controlled horror.

Don’t miss it – if you dare!


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Age Recommendation: 12+. Contains mild language, loud sound effects, lighting effects, and some scenes which may be frightening. Not suitable for those with a nervous disposition. i

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Important Dates & Timing

Opening Night: 7/06/1989

Booking Until: 27/07/2019

Running time: 2h, inc. interval

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Cast & Creative


Arthur Kipps - Richard Hope

The Actor - Mark Hawkins

Understudy Arthur Kipps - Christopher Gilling

Understudy The Actor - Dominic Price


Director - Robin Herford

Producer - PW Productions

Designer - Michael Holt

Lighting Designer - Kevin Sleep

Sound - Rod Mead & Gareth Owen

Author - Stephen Mallatratt & Susan Hill

Vision Productions - Audrone Koc

Stage Management - Jon Huyton, Mary Hely, Stephanie Joab


About Fortune Theatre

Russell Street, London, United Kingdom, WC2B 5HH

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