Fortune Theatre, Covent Garden, London

The Woman in Black at the
Fortune Theatre

Russell Street  Covent Garden
London
WC2B 5HH

 

Susan Hill’s acclaimed ghost story is brought to dramatic life in Stephen Mallatratt’s ingenious stage adaptation. Now celebrating 27 terrifying years in the West End, Robin Herford’s gripping production is a brilliantly successful study in atmosphere, illusion and controlled horror.

“One of British theatre's biggest – and scariest – hits” - The GuardianEel Marsh House stands tall, gaunt and isolated, surveying the endless flat salt marshes beyond the Nine Lives Causeway, somewhere on England's bleak East Coast.

Here Mrs Alice Drablow lived - and died - alone. Young Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor, is ordered by his firm's senior partner to travel up from London to attend her funeral and then sort out all her papers. His task is a lonely one, and at first Kipps is quite unaware of the tragic secrets which lie behind the house's shuttered windows. He has a terrible sense of unease and then, he glimpses a young woman with a wasted face, dressed all in black, at the back of the church during Mrs Drablow's funeral, and later, in the graveyard to one side of Eel Marsh House. Who is she? Why is she there? He asks questions, but the locals not only cannot or will not give him answers - they refuse to talk about the woman in black, or even to acknowledge her existence, at all. So, Arthur Kipps has to wait until he sees her again, and she slowly reveals her identity to him - and her terrible purpose.

The Woman In Black treads in the footsteps of the classic ghost story, following the tradition of Charles Dickens and M.R James, of Henry James and Edith Wharton.

 

 

What's nearby?

 

Boulevard Bar & Brasserie
Masala Zone
Moti Mahal
Joe Allen
Indigo Restaurant at One Aldwych Hotel
Strada

 


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Admission: £18.00 - £39.60
 
Times: Book until July 2018
 
Tube Covent Garden
 
Fortune Theatre
Russell Street
Covent Garden
London WC2B 5HH
 
 

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