Now in its 30th year in the West End with over 7 million people having lived to tell the tale, The Woman in Black is of one of the most exciting, gripping and successful theatre events ever staged.

Unanimously acclaimed by the critics, Stephen Mallatratt’s adaptation of Susan Hill’s best selling novel combines the power and intensity of live theatre with a cinematic quality inspired by the world of film noir. Remaining entirely true to the book itself, and using much of Susan Hill’s own descriptive writing and dialogue, The Woman In Black transforms the novel into a totally gripping piece of theatre.

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“A ghost play guaranteed to send shivers down your spine”
Daily Express (2018)

“A truly nerve-shredding experience.”
The Daily Mail

“One of the most brilliantly effective spine-chillers
you will ever encounter”
The Daily Telegraph

“A marvellous exercise in spine tingling tension, spun from perfectly paced storytelling and stagecraft.”
The Independent

“Carry on screaming…… The Woman in Black stands among the most ingenious renditions from one dramatic medium to another”
The Guardian

West End
The Woman In Black first appeared in the West End in February 1989 at the Strand Theatre, moving later that year to the Fortune Theatre, Russell Street WC2, in the heart of London’s West End. An enviable location, the Fortune was designed by Ernest Schaufelberg in 1924 and opened on November 8, 1924 with the play ‘Sinners’. It has since gained a well earned reputation in London’s theatre circles for its ability to draw quality productions and audiences alike.


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Performance Schedule

Evenings: Tuesday to Saturday 8pm

Matinees: Tuesday & Thursday 3pm, Saturday 4pm

The performance runs for approximately 2 hours, including a 15min interval.


By Phone

Box Office: 0844 871 7626

Open Monday 10am – 6pm (10am – 8pm during Summer schedule) Tues to Sat 10am – 8pm to personal callers.

Ticketmaster: 0844 847 2345 (24 hour credit card booking) A £3.00 processing fee per transaction applies


Online – Please click here

In Person – Fortune Theatre, Russell Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5HH

“Feels so intimate that the scares..….effortlessly reduce a theatre full of rational grownups into a puddle of screaming, crying babies. It’s very effective.”
The Guardian

“There are no mysteries to this show’s longevity; it works because it’s a piece of highly effective craftsmanship.”
The Daily Express

“Flat-out, pant-shreddingly nightmarish.”
The Guardian

“Don’t go unless you like being scared out of your wits.”
Sunday Mirror

“Prepare to be haunted by one of the best horror stories you will ever see on the stage.”
HELLO Magazine

The Plot

Eel Marsh House stands tall, gaunt and isolated, surveying the endless flat saltmarshes beyond the Nine Lives Causeway, somewhere on England’s bleak East Coast. Here Mrs Alice Drablow lived – and died – alone. Young Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor, is ordered by his firm’s senior partner to travel up from London to attend her funeral and then sort out all her papers. His task is a lonely one, and at first Kipps is quite unaware of the tragic secrets which lie behind the house’s shuttered windows. He only has a terrible sense of unease. And then, he glimpses a young woman with a wasted face, dressed all in black, at the back of the church during Mrs Drablow’s funeral, and later, in the graveyard to one side of Eel Marsh House. Who is she? Why is she there? He asks questions, but the locals not only cannot or will not give him answers – they refuse to talk about the woman in black, or even to acknowledge her existence, at all. So, Arthur Kipps has to wait until he sees her again, and she slowly reveals her identity to him – and her terrible purpose.

The Woman In Black treads in the footsteps of the classic ghost story, following the tradition of Charles Dickens and M.R James, of Henry James and Edith Wharton. It is not a horror story or a tale of terror, yet the events build up to a horrifying climax and instil a sense of horror. It relies on atmosphere, a vivid sense of place, on hints and glimpses and suggestions, on what is shadowy, heard and sometimes only half-seen, to chill the reader’s blood to the marrow and make reading the book alone at night inadvisable for the faint-hearted.

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