About The Woman in Black

As the second longest running play in the West End, The Woman in Black is sure to petrify audiences from beginning to end. With its unique use of illusion and the suspense of controlled horror, The Woman in Black is a highly memorable theatrical treat.

This West End classic has been watched from behind the hands of over seven million theatregoers on the claustrophobic stage of the Fortune Theatre. The story holds the advantage of a timeless original story that, although written in 1983, still holds the ability to shock and frighten a modern audience.

Its use of only two actors and the overall simplicity of its presentation, harks back to its humble stage origins, while also having the effect of building a tension that will chill audiences to the bone. 

The story has been created in to a celebrated part of London theatre that inspired a television production and the 2012 film starring Daniel Radcliffe. This is an essential play for visitors to the West End, as well as any with a desire to be scared witless. The Woman in Black will always haunt you…


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.

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What's the story?

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...


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The Woman in Black Performance Dates & Times

You can book from 20-Nov-2018 to 27-Jul-2019

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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.

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.

Fortune Theatre

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Where is The Woman in Black?

Russell Street London WC2B 5HH
  • Nearest Bus stop: (Aldwych) RV1, 6, 11, 13, 23, 59, 68, 87, 171, 172, 188, X68
  • Parking: Drury Lane, Parker Street (5mins)
  • Nearest Night Bus: (Aldwych) 6, 23, 188, N11, N13, N26, N47, N68, N87, N89, N155, N171, N551
  • Nearest Tube: Piccadilly
  • Directions:

    (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.

  • Nearest Station: Charing Cross


  • Air conditioned
  • Bar
  • Infrared hearing loop
  • Toilets

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