Dame Susan Hill’s acclaimed ghost story comes dramatically alive in Stephen Mallatratt’s ingenious stage adaptation.
Starring Richard Hope as ‘Arthur Kipps’ and Mark Hawkins as ‘The Actor’
The Woman In Black is a gripping theatrical exploration of terror, 'a masterpiece' (The Guardian) that's been thrilling audiences of all ages with its unique blend of suspense, drama and bold stagecraft. Now celebrating 27 terrifying years in the West End, Robin Herford’s gripping production is a brilliantly successful study in atmosphere, illusion and controlled horror.
What is The Woman In Black about?
A lawyer 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 young actor to help him tell his terrifying story and exorcise the fear that grips his soul. It all begins innocently enough, but then, as they reach further into his darkest memories, they find themselves caught up in a world of eerie marshes and moaning winds.
Standing strong as the West End’s second longest-running show, and haunting seven million theatre-goers to date, feel the power of the Woman In Black for yourself and experience the 'most brilliantly effective spine-chiller you will ever encounter' (The Daily Telegraph).
The Woman In Black reviews
Great acting really well executed
Fantastic production, edge of your seat, fast paced and terrifyingly good!
A very unusual play. After seeing the films i wasn't sure what to expect, maybe i was expecting in the play similar to the film. Was not expecting it to be just two actors acting out various characters with sound effects and props and a couple of glimpses of a woman in black. Though they were very good i think it was confusing probably for the younger members.
If you enjoy classical literature, this is for you. The cast comprises just two actors (plus a ghost who appears from time to time). The actors tell the story through narrative. The play is extremely wordy and cleverly put together. If you want an action-packed horror show, you will be disappointed. If you enjoy the power of words, you’ll love it.
Thoroughly enjoyed the performance! Excellently acted by the two actors, they slowly built up the suspense until we jumped in our seats! The wonderful acting and dialog along with props and sound effects help you imagine the basic stage set is the setting for the chilling story. Go and see it!
Great performance took the mrs to watch it as a present, would highly recommend, was funny at times but also good too watch couple brilliant performers and well deserved applause at the end of the show, if your undecided whether or not to go see this in theatre I would highly recommend.
Actors were very good and talented, but it was very slow going and did not like the production
Very emotive. It made me laugh; it made me jump in fright & it made me cry and all this with only two actors and basic props. Would highly recommend seeing this play. Acting is incredible.
The show was amazing very thrilling and entertaining. The jumps were fantastic and very unexpected.
Boring, not scary, hard to follow, only 2 actors, few props, no change of scene. Was an amateur performance, waste of £60.
Great performance by 2 percent extremely talented actors !!
Saw the play when it first was performed at The Fortune, 30 years its not lost any of it’s scary bits! Brilliant acting. Hope its still going in another 30 years time!
I didn’t really know what to expect from this show, it was ok , clever from the point that there is only two actors , not my favourite show but worth seeing
We absolutely enjoyed the play ! Very good acting, the way they suggested eg the carriage was fenomenal. Must see !
Me and my partner would like to say that this was a rather theatrical performance considering it was only the two actors acting out the whole play. There were definitley some jumpy parts and some of which had you hiding away behind your hands at some bits too. All in all it was a good night and for me to say that is strange since im not keen on the theatre. I understand that oter reviews may state that it was a little bit boring but non the less i think the actors did a great job. Thank you for such a lovely evening.
Really clever theatre how the story is put togther. The movements of the furniture, the sounds and lights bring everything together so well. The two actors were brilliant!!!!
Brilliant acting, can’t believe what can be created from what is practically two men, a stage and a basket!!!
Kept us enthralled for the duration of the show, just two men and a box is all they needed. Very very impressed
Such incredible acting, spine chilling and a lot funnier then I expected! The only thing that would’ve made it better is if the audience wasn’t there 😂
My second time seeing this play and still so very scary. Incredible achievement to make this book work on stage and still be as frightening and full of suspense as the novel. Not to be missed. Unsurprising that it has been running for 30 years...
A truly modern ghost story, jumped out of my skin on more than one occasion!
Seen this 4 times now and I think that it is brilliantly acted every time. You wouldn’t think it’s been going everyday for years. Still made me jump!
I wasn't sure if I was going to enjoy it when it first started but it was so good, both actor (and the Lady in Black) were brilliant.
Seen it second time! Very good show
So amazing！one of the most impressive plays i had seen in West end.
I took my daughter to see this as a birthday present as she had wanted to go for a long time. We both found it to be very slow and not at all frightening although there were a few loud bangs and screams. The theatre itself felt as if it could do with a good clean. I am pleased I only paid half price for our seats...
Great show, actors were amazing and carried the whole performance perfectly. Such an atmospheric performance with great scares. Must see and would recommend to anyone.
Enjoyed the show immensely, both performers were amazing! Loved the suspense
Amazing play fantastic actors and story will be going again
A really enjoyable afternoon. The set on view as we sat down was spooky and as the story unfolded revealed secrets and areas invisible at the start. Brilliant use of the gauze curtain to reveal the back room and the graveyard at different times. A gripping story well lit and brilliantly acted. Entranced throughout.
I came to see this show on the advise of two people who have seen the show, one of them has been twice. And the fact it's the 2nd longest running play, means millions love it. I, however, did not. I appreciate that the acting was amazing, that's not at doubt at all. I've never seen or heard such emotion and expression from such a small cast. For me though, I need more of a sensory experience to enjoy it. I'm sure the show will run for a lot longer than I ever could!
Surprised at how slow it was to get started and as someone who usually finds London West end productions so brilliantly done I was very uninspired. There were a few ‘startling moments , more could have been made of the Appearances of the Woman , ,a lot of it was laboured and the set boring , no variation. The scenes with invisible the dog were laughable for the wrong reasons . Needed occasional music maybe Sorry would not recommend except for school groups
Thoroughly enjoyed the haunting performance. The cast were superb and the staging beautifully simple and effective. Loved the theatre ,what a treasure. We will return.
This is the third time I have seen this play over the past 20 years and it did not disappoint! Took my son this time.... he loved it! Hopefully it will carry on so I can take my daughter in a few years once she is old enough!
Great actors, really lets your imagination run.
Loved the play! Usually the audience have to be quiet during a play but here they get the audience shrieking with fright. Very effective and absolutely amazingly immersive experience
I brought tickets to take my daughter to see Woman in Black, as they are studying the play as part of their GCSE’s. I was not expecting that much to be honest and was actually not looking forward to seeing the play. How wrong could I have been. It was brilliantly thought out, and had you listening intently throughout. I did not want it to end. The atmosphere / setting and the excellent acting all added to the overall feel and aesthetics, making you believe in the story even more. I would definitely say it’s not for the feint of heart, there are a few well timed scares, (not going to ruin it) Afterwards both my daughter and I were saying about sleeping with a light on when we got home. Well done.
Not worth the expense.
seen 3 times, and loved it every time
A lovely old theatre, quite small, but full of character. An amazing performance with only 2 actors who managed to create a very tense atmosphere with lights, sound effects and dialogue. Very clever.. Had a lovely time, only let down by the exorbitant price of drinks - £10..!!
We really enjoyed this performance - we didn't know anything about the story beforehand, but it was excellently acted and we were very impressed by the stage support. The fact that our seats were upgraded added to our great experience!
Would definitely recommend to any horror fan. With the little amount of actors and resources the production has available, it is very interestingly designed and created perfectly to make it as eerie, spooky and mysterious as possible... and definitely works!
I would just to say how Great The Woman in Black play is. Took my daughter to see this Yesterday Tues 223rd Oct as a treat while in London. I had seen it before and was aware of how captivating it is and how it draws you in using your imagination. But still it still made me jump and heart race, my daughter also has now experienced this and loved every minute. Thank you for such a fab show and would recommend this for theatre lovers who enjoy a little bit of something different. x
Loved every second of it amazing experience totally recommend to watch
While the show had minimal props and actors, it was brilliant! A fan of the ghost story, the play was wonderfully executed and thrilling. I couldn't believe how truly creepy it was. Very well done and a wonderful way to spend a Friday evening.
Absolutely fantastic show! Both actors were amazing in their portrayals of the various characters and they made the whole performance very real for the audience. Excellent effects which gave the fear factor. Would absolutely watch again and recommend to anyone who hasn’t yet seen it to go.
Excellent acting throughout. Complicated but very skilfully done
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2 hours (including a 15 minute interval)
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Suitable For Children
The Woman in Black is suitable for children aged 8 and over, under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. Children aged under 5 will not be admitted to the Fortune Theatre.
When Can I Go
Tuesday and Thursday: 3pm
Where Do I Go
Fortune Theatre, Russell Street, Covent Garden,London, WC2B 5HH
By Tube: Covent Garden, Leicester Square, Holborn, Charing Cross
By Bus: 24, 29 or 17