The Woman in Black at the Fortune Theatre combines the power and intensity of live theatre with a cinematic quality inspired by the world of film noir. It gives audiences an evening of unremitting drama as they are transported into a terrifying and ghostly world.
Now celebrating its 30th year in the West End with over 7 million people having lived to tell the tale, The Woman in Black is one of the most exciting, gripping and successful theatre events ever staged.
In The Woman in Black, at the Fortune Theatre, Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor is summoned to attend the funeral of Mrs Alice Drablow, the sole inhabitant of Eel Marsh House, unaware of the tragic secrets which lie hidden behind the shuttered windows. It is not until he glimpses a wasted young woman, dressed all in black, at the funeral, that a creeping sense of unease begins to take hold, a feeling deepened by the reluctance of the locals to talk of The Woman in Black and her terrible purpose.
Years later, as an old man, he recounts his experiences to an actor in a desperate attempt to exorcise the ghosts of the past. The play unfolds around the conversations of these two characters as they act out the solicitor's experiences on Eel Marsh all those years ago.
First performed at the Theatre-By-The-Sea in Scarborough back in 1987, it reached the West End in 1989. The current cast of The Woman in Black are both actors returning to the production Stuart Fox (Woman in Mind, The Normal Heart, Filumena, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas ) as Arthur Kipps and Matthew Spencer (Amadeus, 1984, War Horse, Bent) as The Actor.
Get your Woman in Black tickets today, showing at the Fortune Theatre, London for the most terrifying live theatre experience in the world!
“Don’t go unless you like being scared out of your wits” Sunday Mirror
“One of the most brilliantly effective spine-chillers you will ever encounter” The Daily Telegraph
“There are no mysteries to this show’s longevity; it works because it’s a piece of highly effective craftsmanship” The Daily Express
“A marvellous exercise in spine tingling tension, spun from perfectly paced storytelling and stagecraft” The Independent
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