London theatre’s favourite ghost story, The Woman In Black centres on a keen young solicitor who is sent to wind up the affairs of a recently deceased woman, Mrs Alice Drablow. Alone in the eerie, isolated Eel Marsh House, he is unaware of the tragedy lurking in the house’s dark corners, he only feels an unnerving sense of unease. When he catches a glimpse of a wasted young woman dressed completely in black, Kipps tries to discover more about her, but the locals turn silent and he must unearth her secret on his own. Years later, he recounts his experiences, desperate to exorcise the ghosts of the past.
An eerie thriller, The Woman In Black is based on Susan Hill's 1983 novel, adapted by Stephen Mallatratt but using much of Hill’s own description and dialogue. It features just two main cast members and minimal props to conjure its sense of rising fear and impending doom.
The stage adaptation of The Woman In Black was first presented at Scarborough’s Theatre-By-The-Sea in 1987, and proved such a success that it transferred to London’s Fortune Theatre two years later. It has been playing at the same venue ever since, making it one of London's longest running plays.
In a case of life imitating art, The Woman In Black and the Fortune Theatre are said to have their very own ghost. Following a break-in at the theatre, a grey lady, thought to be a spirit protecting the venue, was seen in the lower boxes.
Cast & Creatives
- Terence Wilton, James Byng, Christopher Gilling, Raymond Rose
- Stephen Mallatratt from the novel by Susan Hill
- Robin Herford
- PW Productions
- Lighting Designer
- Kevin Sleep
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- Russell Street, London, United Kingdom, WC2B 5HH
- 0844 871 7626 (Calls cost 7p per min plus your telephone company's network access charge)
- Official site
- Nearest tube
- Covent Garden (250m)
- Nearest bus
- 1, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 59, 68, 76, 77A, 91, 139, 168, 171, 172, 188, 243, 341, 521, RV1
- Nearest train
- Charing Cross (650m)
50% off parking when you park at Q-Park Chinatown or Q-Park Trafalgar. Single yellow lines on Russell Street. Taxi rank at Covent Garden Piazza end of Russell Street.
- This venue accepts Theatre Tokens
- How to book
- Tel: 0844 871 7677 (Calls cost 7p per min plus your telephone company's network access charge) Minicom: 0870 060 6641
- Discounts available for disabled theatregoer and companions
- Limited mobility
- B1, B8-12, C1, D1, E1 and J1 in the Stalls have the most leg room. Limited leg room also in Dress Circle, apart from Row G and Boxes A & B.
- Access description
- No steps into foyer from street through double doors. Box Office counter to left. Dress Circle up 7 steps. 1 step between rows in auditorium. Row G has the most leg room. 21 steps down to Stalls, more than 40 to Upper Circle. Most staircases have handrails on both sides. Auditorium opens 30mins before the performance.
- Hearing impaired
- Sennheiser amplification and loop system available in all areas of the auditorium. There are 20 amplification headsets and 5 loop headsets.
- Guide dogs policy
- Guide dogs are not allowed into the auditorium due to large sound effects in the show, but staff are happy to dog-sit.
- No spaces for wheelchair users who have to stay in their chairs. The person in a wheelchair must be able to negotiate a few stairs as there is no access into the theatre for wheelchairs. Box A has a side entrance from Crown Court with one step down into the anteroom, and three shallow steps with a rail into the box, also a toilet in the ante room. Through the side EXIT door on Crown Court, there are 5 steps to the main Dress Circle.
- Ladies on all levels, Gents in the Stalls and Upper level.
- Disabled toilets
- No adapted toilets. The private toilet next to Box A is the most accessible.
- 3 licensed bars. Stalls bar 21 steps down from foyer with moveable seats, mezzanine bar 10 steps up from the Dress Circle and another at Upper Circle level. Drinks brought to disabled customers in plastic cups.
- This venue accepts Theatre Tokens