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Fortune Theatre


The Woman In Black

7th June 1989 - 3rd March 2018

The Woman in Black is one of the longest running productions currently in the West End. This spine-tingling horror has been the subject of several films over time, but the longevity of this West End run shows the endearingly popularity of stage adaptations. It was created by Stephen Mallatratt from the book of the same name by Susan Hill.

The story revolves around Arthur Kipps, a young solicitor charged with overseeing the last will and testament of Alice Drablow, the sole occupant and recently deceased inhabitant of Eel Marsh House. What he finds is a terrifying tale of intrigue and despair that will haunt him for the rest of his life. Slowly, inexorably, the tale unfolds of a mysterious Woman in Black.

This classic horror story is brilliantly told by just two actors who recount Arthur Kipps' experiences at Eel Marsh House with stunning clarity. The Woman in Black will keep you on the edge of your seat and casting nervous glances about the darkened auditorium of this intimate theatre in Covent Garden. Get your Woman in Black tickets with Theatre Tickets and enjoy the show!

Tickets for The Woman In Black, Fortune Theatre London

History of the Fortune Theatre

The Fortune Theatre was designed by architect Ernest Schaufelberg and constructed in 1924 for impresario Lawrence Cowen. It was built on the site of an actor's haunt, a public house called the Albion Tavern.

The theatre was the first theatrical venue in the West End to be built after the First World War and constructed using new concrete forming techniques. This intimate venue is somewhat dwarfed by the much larger Theatre Royal Drury Lane just across the street.

The first production featured at the Fortune Theatre was The Sinners, written by Lawrence Cowen. In the Second World War the theatre was home to ENSA (the Entertainments National Service Association).

The Woman in Black has been running at the theatre since 1989; an amazing achievement on the West End.

Travel Details

Russell Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5HH

Nearby tube stations

Covent Garden: 5 minute walk
Charing Cross (tube and mainline): 8 minute walk
Bus routes that run along the Strand and through Holborn include: 1, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 59, 68, 76, 77A, 91, 139, 168, 171, 172, 188, 243, 341, 521, RV1

The Fortune Theatre is within the Congestion Charge Zone (7am until 6pm). The nearest car park is the NCP at Drury Lane.

The Fortune Theatre
Russell Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5HH

The Fortune Theatre Seating Plan

The seating capacity of the theatre is 432 spread over three levels; Stalls, Dress Circle and Upper Circle.

Disabled access

  • There are no spaces for wheelchairs in the auditorium
  • Storage is available for wheelchairs in the theatre
  • Wheelchair users are advised to bring a companion to help with seating requirements
  • There is a Sennheiser Infra-red system available
  • Transfer seating is available
  • Unfortunately there is no accessible toilet facility in the theatre but the private toilet next to Box A is the easiest to use
  • Guide dogs are not allowed in the auditorium but the management can arrange a service to look after guide dogs during the show
  • Patrons are requested to call the theatre management with any requirements they may need ahead of their arrival

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