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Fortune Theatre

Russell Street WC2B 5HH

The Woman in Black

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Show Details

Preview 7th Jun 89
Opens 7th Jun 89
Booking to 3rd Apr 21

Show Times

Tues - Sat 8.00 pm
Matinée Tues & Thurs 3.00 pm
Matinée Saturday 4.00 pm
Length of show - 2hrs

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A classic viewing of all the Theatreland play houses by night. The authentic commentary, by Ben Shafik - a player himself - gives an authentic feel to the West End's theatres - and is backed by real music.
Next version will be more upbeat as, suggested, to celebrate Britannia's unbeatable heritage.
(Over 6000 viewings and all good reviews to date).
Let us know what you think.

A note from the author

I took these pictures to show off London theatres as they are seen -most often - by theatre goers, at night.

Thanks to Ben Shafik for his lighthearted and informative commentary and Fionn O'Lochlainn for the original music.

Watch out for the new version with current liveries and the names of the theatres as they appear.



Please be aware that due to Covid 19 restrictions this show is liable to change at short notice.

Please contact the theatre directly to confirm the details.


Susan Hill's novel 'The Woman in Black' was written as a play by Stephen Mallatratt and has been a phenomenal and deserved success. It is a simple story told by two men on the stage. The reason for it's success is not only the brilliant acting lighting and script - it is also because the actors call upon the audience to participate with their own imaginations. It is unlike anything else on stage at present leaving the audience shaken and stirred. It is not in itself a horror story - but a story in which fear runs riot with the emotions and delivers horror and chills in plenty. It is a testament to the power of imagination in that this classic ghost story has been running in the West End for nigh on twenty years.

"And so, imagine if you would, this stage an island, this aisle a causeway running like a ribbon between the gaunt grey house and the land"
Stephen Mallatrat

The Story

A lawyer's clerk travels to a lonely manor house to sort out the affairs of a major client of his firm who died with her affairs awry. He attends the funeral and notices a harrowing looking woman in black hovering at the funeral. Upon asking the locals who she was he started to get a sense of unease as they all refused to talk about her. His discomfort increased when he went to the house unaware of the tragedies of the house's past occupants. There were strange things about the house and it's ambience locked door behind which a chair continually rocked.

The story is told by the young clerk as a much older man who had been unable to get the experience out of his mind. Reminiscent of the 'Ancient Mariner' he unfolded the story to an actor whom he hired as an advisor on how to tell the tale to release him of his discomfort. The audience being very much a part of this gripping exposition all lend their own silent fear and fascination to the atmosphere.

The sheer skill of the players and support is worth going to see - the story will scare you and haunt you. This too is woven into the story.

The Cast

  • Terence Wilton - Arthur Kipps
  • Max Hutchinson - The Actor

  • Director - Robert Herford
  • Design - Michael Holt
  • Lighting - Kevin Sleep
  • Producer - P W Production
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