The Woman in Black
The Woman in Black
The Woman in Black
The Woman in Black
The Woman in Black

The Woman in Black Tickets

Fortune Theatre, London
The Woman in Black
Fortune Theatre, London
Our Review 4.5 / 5

One of the West End’s longest-running plays, The Woman in Black has been terrifying audiences at the Fortune Theatre in London since 1989. The Woman in Black tickets are available on London Theatre now.

Based on Susan Hill’s novel of the same name, The Woman in Black play tells the story of Arthur Kipps, a solicitor who is sent to the remote town of Crythin Gifford to attend the funeral of a client, during which he sees a mysterious woman dressed in black. He is tasked with sorting his client’s papers, and so visits Eel Marsh House where she used to live. In the play, Kipps enlists the assistance of an actor to help tell the unsettling things he witnessed. 

The Woman in Black first opened in Scarborough in 1987 before transferring to London’s Lyric Hammersmith in 1989. The Woman in Black London performances have run at the Fortune Theatre since August of that year, and is the West End’s second longest-running non-musical production, behind The Mousetrap.

Daniel Radcliffe famously starred in a Hollywood film adaptation of the novel in 2012, taking on the role of Arthur Kipps. The film also starred Ciarán Hinds, Janet McTeer and Sophie Stuckey, and was praised for its chilling horror. A sequel based on a different short story by Susan Hill, The Woman in BlackAngel of Death, was released in 2015.

Hill’s novel has become a staple piece of literature on many school curriculums, with many classes experiencing the play to aid their studies. Despite the success of the book and the films, there is no substitute for seeing the spine-tingling horrors of The Woman in Black live, on-stage. 

Tickets to The Woman in Black are available now. Book your The Woman in Black tickets on London Theatre today.

Pre Visit Requirements


We recommend that you wear a mask while inside this venue.

Proof of vaccine and/or test

You are required to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test or proof of vaccination in order to attend this performance.

Health check

When you arrive at this venue, you may be asked to fill out a health questionnaire or have your temperature taken.

Covid safety

This venue has additional Covid-19 safety measures in place to ensure the health and well-being of the staff, performers, and guests.

This venue is complying with the latest industry 'See It Safely' guidelines.

Proud and solitary, Eel Marsh House surveys the windswept reaches of the salt marshes beyond Nine Lives Causeway. Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor, is summoned to attend the funeral of Mrs Alice Drablow, the house's sole inhabitant, 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.

Previews from |
7th June 1989
Opening date |
7th June 1989
Booking from |
7th July 2021
Available until |
2nd April 2022
Run time |
2 Hours (with a 15 min interval)
Categories |
The Woman in Black is on the National Curriculum for English and Drama, so some performances (especially matinees and on weekdays) are likely to have school groups in attendance.
Stephen Mallatratt from the novel by Susan Hill
PW Productions
Robin Herford
Kevin Sleep
Michael Holt
Cast list:
Terrence Wilton and Max Hutchinson

Fortune Theatre Venue Information

Fortune Theatre, Russell Street, London, WC2B 5HH
Nearest tube:
Covent Garden

Customer reviews

Our Review of The Woman in Black


NOTE: These are older reviews - the cast has changed many times! It has been nearly 6 years since I last saw “The Woman In Black”, so I thought it was about time I went to see it again to ascertain whether it is still as fresh as when I last saw it. The answer is a resounding yes! This thriller, adapted by Stephen Mallatratt from the novel by Susan Hill, has been running at the Fortune Theatre since February 1989 and one can see why as it is a thrilling ghost story that has... Read more

Latest The Woman in Black News & Features

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Everything you need to know about 'The Woman in Black' at the Fortune Theatre
Monday, 03 May, 2021, 14:27
This spine-chilling play has scared audiences at the Fortune Theatre since 1989. With just two cast members on stage, theatregoers have found themselves drawn into every word uttered between Arthur Kipps and the Actor as they try to keep their cool with plenty of ghostly apparitions afoot. Sending audiences crazy with its theatrical masterclass in building tension and suspense, The Woman in Black offers audiences a dramatic masterclass.  Here’s our...
Stuart Fox on playing Arthur Kipps during The Woman in Black’s 30th year in the West End
Wednesday, 17 April, 2019
As the second-longest running play in London (behind The Mousetrap), The Woman in Black is part of the fabric of London theatre. Opening at the Fortune Theatre in 1989, countless theatregoers have been spooked by the ghost story, as a cast of two deliver a masterclass in building suspense and horror on stage. Ahead of The Woman in Black’s 30th anniversary in the West End, we spoke to Stuart Fox who currently plays Arthur Kipps. Reprising his performance for the third time,...
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New casting announced for The Woman in Black in the West End
Tuesday, 01 August, 2017
A new cast has been announced for the West End cast of The Woman in Black, which runs at the Fortune Theatre. The play, which has been running in London for 28 years, tells the story of a lawyer obsessed with a curse that he believes has been cast over his family. It is adapted from Susan Hill’s best-selling novel, and a film version starring Daniel Radcliffe was released in 2012. Arthur Kipps will be played by Terence Wilton. Wilton’s previous theatre credits...
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