The Woman in Black extends to 21 Jan 2017 - Fortune


The long running thriller The Woman in Black, has extended its booking period to 21 January 2017 at the Fortune Theatre in London's West End, where it has been playing for the past 26 years.

This ghost story, written by Stephen Mallatratt from the novel by Susan Hill, opened at the Fortune Theatre on 7 June 1989 after first being performed at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough in 1987.

It features direction by Robin Herford, designs by Michael Holt and lighting by Kevin Sleep. The cast for the long running production currently includes father and son actors Christopher Godwin as Arthur Kipps and Tom Godwin as The Actor.

Synopsis: "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."

In 2012 The Woman in Black was adapted into a film starring Daniel Radcliffe as Arthur Kipps, which has also spawned a sequel.

The West End production features a number of school only matinee performances, as well as an updated performance schedule for Christmas and Halloween, with an additional 'spooky' performance on Monday 31 October 2016.

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