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What to expect

  • Prepare to be terrified in this gripping, spine-tingling ghost story, based on the book by English author Susan Hill, at the Fortune Theatre.
  • Enjoyed by over seven million theatregoers, The Woman is Black has been delighting audiences for over 30 years in the West End.
  • Directed by Robin Herford and produced by the award-winning PW Productions, the gothic ghost story will have you on the edge of your seat in this irresistibly eerie play.

If you and your family enjoy being creeped out, be ready to gasp and shriek in this Gothic-horror ghost story, which is set during the Edwardian era. The second longest-running West End play in history, The Woman in Black has been terrifying audiences for decades. Based on the book by Susan Hill and adapted to stage by the late Stephen Mallatratt, the eerie tale follows a lawyer called Arthur Kipps who is haunted by chilling events that happened 30 years earlier at Eel Marsh House. He believes a curse has been cast over him and his family by the Woman in Black and he engages a dubious young actor to help him tell his story and exorcise his demons.

The two actors in the show The Women in Black on stage, one sitting down looking terrified and the other leaning his hand on his shoulder holding a lantern.

First performed on stage in 1987 at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough, The Woman in Black has been running in the West End since 1989. This edge-of-your-seat thriller is performed with only two actors as well as the malevolent woman in black. You can expect plenty of classic horror jump-out-the-seat moments, suspense and a clever and creative use of imaginary props and sound effects that will evoke your imagination. The haunting darkness and low-lighting creates a real sense of tension and suspense and adds to the creepy atmosphere. Stuart Fox (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Normal Heart and Woman in Mind) returns as Arthur Kipps and Matthew Spencer (War Horse, Bent, 1984 and Amadeus) returns as the actor.

PW Productions recommends this play for children aged eight and over. There are some genuinely scary scenes in The Woman in Black, so parents’ discretion is advised. You may find it better suited for teenagers.

The show is the perfect recipe for a dark and sinister night out. Horror theatre at its best!

What to know before you go

  • The Woman in Black is two hours long including a 15-minute interval.
  • The show is suitable for children aged eight and over. Please be aware that the performance has scary scenes that may not be suitable for young children.
  • Kids under five will not be admitted to the Fortune Theatre.
  • There is a bar on each level of the theatre, serving alcoholic beverages, soft drinks and snacks.
  • The theatre is within walking distance to a variety of great family-friendly restaurants in Covent Garden, including Bill’s at St Martin’s Courtyard, Seven Dials Market and Shake Shack.
  • There are ladies’ toilets on each level of the theatre and gents in the upper level and stalls. There is an access toilet next to Box A, which can be accessed from the side fire exit.
  • There is disabled access to the Fortune Theatre. The foyer to the theatre and the box office has step free access.
  • Guide dogs are permitted in the theatre but not into the auditorium due to the sound effects in the show. Staff are more than happy to look after them during the performance.
  • There is an induction loop necklace, which is suitable for guests wearing a hearing aid, and a headset, which is suitable for guests without a hearing aid, available.

Getting there

  • The Fortune Theatre is located on Russell Street in Covent Garden.
  • The nearest Tube stations are Covent Garden, served by the Piccadilly line, Leicester Square, served by the Piccadilly and Northern line, and Holborn, served by the Piccadilly and Central line. All are within an eight-minute walk away. Charing Cross railway station is a 10-minute walk away. It is served by Southeastern rail as well as the Northern and Bakerloo Tube lines.
  • If you are arriving by bus, routes 24, 29 and 176 stop at Covent Garden.
  • The closest car park is Covent Garden Parker Street. The car park is open 24 hours a day and charges £24 for 2-4 hours. The theatre offers the Q-Park Scheme. The closest Q-Park car park is in Newport Place, and it’s approximately a 13-minute walk away.

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