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The Woman in Black

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The Woman in Black at the Fortune Theatre

This is without a doubt one of the most exciting, gripping and successful theatre events ever staged. Two decades of success proves it. The Woman In Black is unanimously critically acclaimed. And this Stephen Mallatratt adaptation of Susan Hill's best-selling novel is playing at London's Fortune Theatre now!

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The Woman in Black Reviews

Don't go unless you like being scared out of your wits - Sunday Mirror
A marvellous exercise in spine tingling tension, spun from perfectly paced storytelling and stagecraft......it's a cracker. - The Independent
A truly nerve-shredding experience - The Daily Mail
The most brilliantly effective spine chiller you will ever encounter...If you haven't seen this show yet you are missing a treat - The Daily Telegraph

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Based on 135 reviews


Customer Reviews

Excellent show! by Roisin

Sat in the stalls in row B - very good seats and close to the stage to see everything. Really enjoyed the show!

A differnt watch but enjoyable by becky

Really enjoyable, a good twist, good costumes, atmospheric. Seats were great

suspense by Nish

Gripping and intense.

Perfect for anyone who loves scary movies by Jemma

I have now seen this show 3 times and it never stops being amazing! The actors in it are simply fantastic and the use of sound effects, staging and lighting is brilliant! I highly recommend this show to anyone who is looking for a bit of a scare. There are so many chilling moments and it keeps you on the edge of your seat all the way to the end! I can't rave about it enough. Well done to everyone involved!

Chilling compelling theatre by Susan

Transported the audience to the flooded causeway where the supernatural haunts the setting. Imaginative and transporting. But be prepared for a few frights. Wonderful acting and storytelling

well worth watching by Andrea

Don't be put off by negative comments on the internet. The acting was excellent and the storyline believable. We had been expecting bad language and/or blaspheme, but we were pleasantly surprised to find the ghost story similar to a campfire tale. Theatre staff were very pleasant and courteous.

Expected more by Pamela

Considering this show has been on a long time, I did not feel it lived up to expectations. The acting was good and the two actors played their various parts very well. All my party were disappointed .

Best theatre production! by Cliff

Woman in Black was absolutely faultless. Breath taking performances, intuitive writing and astounding visuals including lighting and props. If you haven't seen it, make sure you do! If you're sucker for horror like me, you will love it!

Top top show by Kish

Loved it. What theatre should be.great, capable, enthusiastic actors, suspending our disbelief. Made us use our brains!

woman in black - well worth the visit by L Russell

A really good show. Plenty to make you jump!! Was a really interesting method of telling the story. Sat in row C and had great view. Theatre is very small so all stalls had good view I would have thought. Had to score music else it would let me submit review - bit there is no music. Just a great story by three very very good actors.

Incredible! by Mahum

Seriously wonderful theatre experience. Terrifying but comedic in equal measures, a really well thought-out and truly impressive show.

Cramped seating

Superb!! by Sue

Everything about this show is fantastic. Not suitable for families with young children but for those with teenagers it's fantastic.

Anazing by Lee

I was a bit worried about watching women in black as the missed reviews I have read but I thought been as me and my husband are keen theatre lovers I would buy us tickets as a treat and also so we could tick another show off our list.... Well we arrived on the night to watch and loved the feel to the old theatre which seemed to hold it's own character . Staff at the fortune theatre were very friendly and helpful :)... When the show started me and my husband were engrossed right from the start having booked seats in row c of the stalls we were right at the front and defiantly felt part of the story with smoke filling our seats and there were a few jumpy surprises. Overall fantastic how just 2 actors can captivate an audience would highly recommend but I would say book seats closer to the stage

enjoyable evening by brenda

acting was excellent, story slow to start with but very enjoyable

Disappointing by Debbie

My friend and I found it boring, I nearly fell asleep in the 1st half, I think the school children enjoyed it as it was part of there studies. Really disappointing!

Spellbinding by Barry

A master class in acting. I was captivated from the very start. The story is so imaginative and creates an eerie atmosphere unfolding a creepy tale of ghostly happenings.

Excellent show! by Danielle

Excellent show, really worth the visit. I would advise booking for the first 5/6 rows in the Stalls or get a box. The theatre is really small and intimate which adds to the atmosphere of the show (as long as the people eating a full picnic with apples when it's perfectly silent in the theatre doesn't annoy you!) but if you prefer to focus on the show, get a box to yourself.

Woman in Black Review by Aidan

The best thing about the play way the versatility of the two actors that play all the roles. However, the play was ruined by staff speaking outside throughout the play which ruined the ambience and efforts to create tension.

Mysterious Lady by Annis

Great acting. Very atmospheric. Good storyline

Woman in black by Michelle

The show was not what we were expecting, we were told scary and it had a few creepy bits, but we certainly were not jumping from our seats , which brings me to the fact you couldn't move in the seats! They were the smallest seats we have seen, my husband and is 6ft 1in and could not stay for the 2nd half as he was so cramped! If your small framed and less than 6ft you may be ok but we do not recommend the fortune theatre upper circle for comfort!

spine chilling by Katie

The show was a little slow to begin with as the scene was being set, however with very few props and set scenery the play soon drew you in. As the tension and atmosphere is built, working on the imagination of the audience it gave me shivers and made me jump several times. Excellent show, I really enjoyed it

Not that scary! by Anne

Good story but slow to get going. Tiny theatre.

Fantastic show by Helena

Went to see this with my mum. Have already read the book and seen the film and this was just as good if not better! Would defiantly see it again!!

Worst show ever by Mohima

Left at the interval. Everyone I knew said is great so had to check it but it was TOOO infusing and hard to follow. I personally don't like plays with only 2 actors anyway so it wasn't gonna be in my good books.

Jumpy and very clever by Jo

Very well thought out script and performance with the added experience of being on edge and made to jump.

The Woman in Black by Loz

The show was excellent. The comical aspects were unexpected and provided contrast to the darker elements of the show. The characterisation was masterful. With clever use of a limited number of props the actors were able to deliver a convincing portrayal of riding trains, exploring a house and causeway and of riding in a pony and trap. My teenage daughter loved the show and was delighted with the programme and brochure, which were both of a high quality. The T-shirts for The Woman in Black are more expensive than those sold at the Queens Theatre for Les Miserables. When she purchased the T-shirt the man who served her was not her was not particularly efficient or helpful. We would both highly recommend the show to anyone who enjoys a good tale well told.

The Woman in Black by Loz

The show was excellent. The comical aspects were unexpected and provided contrast to the darker elements of the show. The characterisation was masterful. With clever use of a limited number of props the actors were able to deliver a convincing portrayal of riding trains, exploring a house and causeway and of riding in a pony and trap. My teenage daughter loved the show and was delighted with the programme and brochure, which were both of a high quality. The T-shirts for The Woman in Black are more expensive than those sold at the Queens Theatre for Les Miserables. When she purchased the T-shirt the man who served her was not her was not particularly efficient or helpful. We would both highly recommend the show to anyone who enjoys a good tale well told.

bland by Louise.

I wasn't aware that there were only 3 actors for the entire show. We couldn't hear the story very well in the dress circle, also the seats were very noisy which diddnt help. It was probably better sat at stage level.

Very clever and entertaining. by Nicola

This is the second time I have seen this show and it's just as good the second time around. It a very clever show with tremendous acting.

Fifth time my husband has seen this! by CH

We went with four friends, we all loved it.

by michelle

excellent play with only 2 actors. would highly recommend to go and see.

Spine tingling by Theresa

This is an amazing show that has you sitting at the edge of your seat! The actors were brilliant and I throughly enjoyed it. The show is best for teenagers upward because it is scary - even if you already know the story.

Good for Hobbits by Hamish

This is a very good show, but the Fortune Theatre is very small and cramped, The seats in particular are very uncomfortable. If you are going, I suggest you book a box, so you will have enough leg room.

Woman in Black - good acting with humour by S Man

We went when there were school kids there which has ruined some of the atmosphere as they would shriek and scream quite early on - it makes the atmosphere less tense therefore does not reach the scary level. Was entertaining and enjoyable.

Good, but more Scream than Psycho by Mike

This was good, and enjoyable, but not quite as good as I was hoping for. The acting was superb - with only 2 main characters, it requires a lot of skill and talent to hold attention, which they did very well. The dialogue was sharp and witty, and flowed well. The theatre itself was well set up, and the scenes and lighting really added to the set. However, I had two reservations. The first is that there were a lot of young people there who screamed a lot, which reduced some of the effect. The second is that it was more of a jumpy kind of horror rather than suspense. I saw a previous production that was far more intimidating as this built up the suspense far better rather than relying on loud noises / sudden events etc. So depends what you're looking for really, but I enjoyed this latest version less.

NIGHT OUT WITH MY TEENAGE SON by jan

We chose this play so that my son could review it and use this as a basis for work towards his A Levels. We also wanted an enjoyable evening out. The first ten minutes were slow but after that the acting was superb. The technical effects used were impressive. There was a very mixed audience but it seemed to be enjoyed by everyone. We had a great time. only one negative, one glass of wine and a pepsi at £9.70 is exortitant.

So much done in so little space!! by Julie-Ann

I'd read Woman in black but not seen the film so knew what to expect. Even so, I was more nervous than my husband who knew nothing of the story. What the actors do with the small number of props is amazing and you can really get into the story. The young actor we saw was brilliant and really put his heart and soul into it. First half.. a build up with houmour, second half.. far more jumpy and atmospheric. Only down side was the toilets in the Theatre but not a major problem and I loved this small theatre and the staff were very friendly and helpful

noisy by Eric

Noisy whispering schoolchildren spoiled this matinee performance

Scary by Tracy

We watched this play on Saturday 13th Oct at the 4pm showing. It was amazing considering that only 2 actors performed all the roles, aside from the woman in black. Bits of it were really scary and made everyone jump and it was very cleverly put together. We all enjoyed it and would reccommend to any older teenager and adults.

Not what I thought it would be by JP

Really fab show enjoyed very much, glad i had seen the film so i knew what was happen, would recommend.

Fantastic show. by Rachel

If you like a good old-fashioned ghost story played by excellent actors then this is the show for you.

Woman in black in hiding by Alan

I thought that the story would have had a new makeover, but the play was very old fashioned, no video effects for this new run, which is what a new audience would expect, seats very uncomfortable too close to the hand-rail, acting very good but was over shadowed by the loud bangs and flashing lights at the end of the play. Too old fashioned for me and my friend.

Not seen the film, but ... by St John

I thought it was quite good and would recommend that you go and see it.

Don't sit in the first three rows stalls in this small theatre by Audrey

Our seats were second row stalls and too near the stage for the occasions smoke swirled out on the stage and into our faces.The suspense of the show was spoiled by a lot of teenage girls behind screaming in anticipation of something frightening happening. We were unfortunately delayed and arrived at the theatre late we thought the staff were wonderful and the lead actor came out to explain what had happened before we were ushered in in a suitable break. Very good service and good acting.

The flawed questionaire by Richard

I tried to post my review without scoring the items:costume and music but received a prompt requirng me to do so. There is no music in Woman in Black and the costumes in the main are fairly inconsequentional.Bearing in mind the piece is set in the 1950's, according to the programme notes I found it a little odd in the script that "The Actor" referred to "Irvine" as an acting great whereas he would more likely refer to someone more recent, say, "Olivier." This did not impair my enjoyment too much and seeing the playwright is now dead is hardly worth mentioning to the company.This was a most enjoyable night out.

The flawed questionaire by Richard

I tried to post my review without scoring the items:costume and music but received a prompt requirng me to do so. There is no music in Woman in Black and the costumes in the main are fairly inconsequentional.Bearing in mind the piece is set in the 1950's, according to the programme notes I found it a little odd in the script that "The Actor" referred to "Irvine" as an acting great whereas he would more likely refer to someone more recent, say, "Olivier." This did not impair my enjoyment too much and seeing the playwright is now dead is hardly worth mentioning to the company.This was a most enjoyable night out.

Wonderful Production by Paul

An awesome show. Very intimate theatre and it fully exploits that. Lots of jumps and starts, helped by a good number of the audience screaming behind. We were very near the front and thoroughly enjoyed it. Not for those of a nervous disposition!

Brilliant.

The acting was absolutely brilliant and the story was told really well. I've already recommended this show to others.

Worth a Watch!

I haven't seen the film but after watching this play I found myself wanting more. I have ordered the book online and intend to watch the film after reading the book. It's not as scary as I was expecting. It is performed in an intimate theatre. The acting was the best thing. The two main actors were amazing. They didn't have many props but still managed to engross me and sucked me in to the story. I would recommend theatre goers to watch this. Those who prefer massive productions should give it a miss.

by Maureen

2 ACTORS ON STAGE AND THEY KEPT YOU INVOLVED IN THE SHOW EVEN THE CHANGE OF CLOTHES SEEMED TO BE PART OF THE ACTING AND FLOWED EASILY AND WHEN THEY INTRODUCED THE DOG - WE WERE LOOKING FOR IT ON THE STAGE! - THEY HAD US ALL CAPTIVATED - LOVED IT

Wunab in Black Review by Kim

The show was not what I expected by being acted out it ruied the whole feeling on the play.

enjoyable evening by Elaine

The Fortune is a small theatre so advise using the toilet before you go in as long queues. The sound effects are very good and the length is just right. Only 2 actors in this show. If you like a good yarn you will enjoy this show.

Woman In Black Review by Rachel

Scary story in a very small intimate theatre. For all those theatre goers this is one not to miss.

AMAZING! by Laura

Well worth watching!

Not as good as the film by Rob

I made the mistake of seeing the play after seeing the film first. I have to say that the play of women in black is not nearly as good as the recent film. The seating at the theatre is also very cramped.

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