"I was intrigued by the concept and staging. My husband enjoyed the
acting. My son was a bit bored with plays within plays. as I was not able to
explain what the plot was when he asked. I hadn't realized from the synopsis
that I'd read that the set up was another play within a play. In spite of the
double play I think he enjoyed it, and I know both he and my husband got a huge
kick out of how high I jumped during those couple of surprising turns."
As a part of studying AS Theatre Studies (a U.K. examination for 17 year old
students) we have to see several live productions. As a class we went to see The Woman In Black and
I have to admit we were all rather skeptical when we read reviews on how the audience screamed with terror.
However these reviews were certainly correct; as someone who is not easily scared it certainly had me
screaming with fright!
This play was absolutely brilliant and 7 months after first seeing it everyone in my class can remember ever part in graphic detail. I just thought that these comments might inspire others to go see this spectacular play.
I have seen "Woman In Black" twice, and still find the play as spine
tingling as ever!
My school went on a trip to the Fortune Theatre to see it on Wednesday 10th July and to our teachers
amusement none of us could bear to walk down the street without screaming!
One thing which was annoying was the speed of the play at the beginning, my teachers felt that the play could move more fluently at the start.
All in all my school enjoyed this play and we are all recommending our families to go!
I was going to leave it at just that one word, but i couldn't resist
adding more! I went to see it with my school, and I can honestly say the whole
audience was blown away.
The acting was superb, and the set, and the storyline
had so many twists and turns, that you didn't know where you were half of the
time. Currently in the West End, Timothy Watson and Robert Demenger play, both
extremely talented men.
Upon returning for a second visit I was still equally
as shocked, and moved! Everyone simply has to see this play!!! Just one word of
advice, watch out in the stalls!!!
The scariest time of your life, that is IF you live through it!!!
Like Wow!!! I totally agree with Danielle.
This production seriously comes back to haunt you when you're ever left in the
dark or ever hear that haunting melody: Swan Lake. OR even worse hearing the
thud, thud, thud freaks you out!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I went to see the show last night and it was absolutely amazing!!! Even after reading the reviews on this page, describing audiences screaming in terror, I believed it couldn't actually be that scary, but believe me it was! It is an absolute must, thinking about it now, makes me shudder! Fantastic!
It was amazing.
Like so many others I went to see it with my school. My teachers take GCSE
drama in year11 every year. Those in the year above said how scary it was, and
we all thought, "yeah right how is the theatre scary". But it so was!
Everyone was screaming and jumping out of their seats. It was extremely cleverly
done and everyone really enjoyed it. Definitely worth going to see. It was
All reviews of this play follow a strict cliché whereby the reviewer
expresses their cynicism prior to the performance, contrasted with their
terror during, and surprise after the show. And who am I to break with such
I went in to the Fortune Theatre expecting an afternoon of entertainment
rather than to be frightened. I had always assumed that in the thriller
genre, theatre would, by nature play second-fiddle to film. However, I was
wrong. The show is so edgy, so tense as to be entertaining only in
The first half comprises a semi-gothic, even half-comic melodrama
designed to strip away any mental preparation the audience may have made for
the shows horrors which come with tremendous force after the interval.
second half is spent firmly gripping the armrests in anticipation of the
next burst of unbridled terror accompanied by a nausea-inducing flood of
adrenaline. Whilst the actual shocks last no more than a few seconds in
total, the suspense is so carefully managed as to leave you wanting to escape
from the theatre for at least 45 mins.
Imagine the scariest theatrical production you could ever imagine, multiply
this by a gripping horror film and add a night you have spent alone wishing
it was morning. This concoction of utter horror still cannot come close
the pure theatrical genius of the Woman in Black. (and this is pure theatre
of the sort that could never be captured ones film).
One warning - You'll be sleeping with the light on and running away from
shadows for months afterwards. Best to go for a matinee so you don't emerge
onto a Dark Russell Street to torment you further!
Only sit in the stalls if you are of extremely sound mind. Here the terror
is most intense.
My weekend started with seeing "Our House" on the Friday. Returning
to London on the Saturday for a day out, we went to the TKTS office to see what
shows would be on offer for the evening and so we got 2 tickets for this play.
I've always been more of musical person that plays when I'm paying out £20+
for a ticket but at £18 each and the fact that I'd seen a musical already this
weekend, along with the fact that my girlfriend had said before she wanted to
see this, we got the tickets and thought we would see what it was like.
Seated in a very small theatre (it used to be a church on this site many
years ago, so maybe it has its real ghost !!!) as we went to our seats we knew
we were in the show well almost with seats this close to the stage. No seat is
every far away. My seat in D1 was just a little restricted in the fact of seeing
the far side of the stage but this did not spoil it all.
It starts maybe a little slow but that's all part of the story and how its
told, and what makes the outcome ..... well if you go and see it you will
Anyway the basics, there are two men on stage and they take you thought the
story of the Island and the Woman in Black , if you are seated in the stalls you
see more that you would in the circle due to what happens in the stalls...that I
won't say now! And well it can spook you, I don't get spooked by horrors etc but
my girlfriend does and she was just a little jumpy.
There's a few twists and I think this is a play that could get "musical
preference" people like me to see other plays. Normally the only time I
would see a play was if it was a comedy.
It's been running in London for many years now; go see it - its worth a view
and the TKTS office often had tickets for it.
Saturday 14th June, Evening performance.
I last saw this play about 3 or 4 years ago, and have booked to go see it
again next week (July 03) for the 6th time, and can't wait!
It is simply a delicious, juicy night of chills and jumps! It is brilliantly
devised, with two actors re-telling a story, and I love the bit where the
'actor' tells the 'student',
"I'll play you, and you play all the other characters"
or words to that effect.
With just brilliant acting, great use of props, lighting and dry ice etc, and
sound effects that just make you believe you're "there", the entire
event is totally satisfying. You will want to go back with a friend, not, as
another reviewer put it, for moral support, but more, I suspect, to take wicked
pleasure at seeing them jump and grip the seat, or even your arm! And the
theatre itself is just so beautifully spooky when you enter first!
If you are any way unsure about going to see a play instead of a musical, then
this is the one to go to. Even on my 5th visit I jumped, as I had forgotten some
of the scary bits. Enjoy it!!!!!
I'm sorry, I thought "Woman In Black" really sucked. It was too predictable. The creaking chairs made the sound effects useless, and what was even
worse was that at school I had to put up with several days of people going on about it.
he acting was good, however sometimes Pip Donaghy went a little overboard.
"It was 9:30 on a Christmas Eve..... I walked down the long hallway....
This was a most wonderful production and the ending was a thrill, we are going back in November
2003 and taking my 14
year old niece and we plan on taking her to this play....
.... I did take my 14 year old niece to the play and she really loved it,
it's a thriller but not really scary - I saw about three years ago and really wanted to see it again.p>
You can almost always get tickets at the
TKTS half price booth we had seats in 5th row Upper Circle, the seats are rather small with no leg room but otherwise OK.
They have different actors than when I saw it before but I still really enjoyed the production and since I had forgotten a few things I still jumped a few times when I heard the SCREAM and when the door opened.
Yes, this is a thrilling and well done performance which
is as good as many other (but "sexed up") productions in the West End.
The two actors succeed in thrilling even (first giggling) school classes in
matinees within 20 minutes.
I agree with all of you!
I went to see it with my GCSE
(an English school examination for those aged 16) drama group set 1 and set 2. I've heard from my teachers who have seen it before that it was scary but it
didn't really sink in, until I got to the theatre.
Even outside before the show
I was scared. Overall, it was the most spine-chilling most amazing play ever! I HIGHLY recommend EVERYONE to go and see it... PLEASE go and see
Sat in box - lovely! But speakers are in your ears.
Lots of loud noises at unexpected moments, although gripping story, and well acted by the three cast members.
Woman seems to be Michael Jackson.
"Woman In Black" pulls in the screams and gives a shiver - yes, but as soon as
it finishes (very well) it loses all its magic.
See it if you want a scream, and by all means it is a good production (in a hideous theatre) but think very carefully, there are far better things on.
Saw this show last night (13th March 2004) and was amazed. This show had us riveted to
our seats (apart from the screams when I must have jumped about a foot each
time). We couldn't wait for the interval to end to find out what happened
We sat in Row K in the stalls and had a great view. We got the tickets
from a ticket booth recommended by Theatre Monkey and paid just £22 each no
booking fees it was definitely good value for money.
Five stars for this show would recommend it to anybody.
I was absolutely terrified! Loved the show, hated having to walk home and
hated waking up at 2.30am seeing her white withered face floating around my room
but never mind!!!
Only problem was the loud tourists (I won't say where they were from) constantly
moving around and leaning forward throughout. Thankfully they were shut up
accordingly the moment things turned freaky-deaky!!!
For those who like a good scare, horror movies and camp fire ghost stories
"Woman in Black" will bring the experience to a whole new level...by inviting the object of your fear into the room with you!
The show is deeply terrifying but also incredibly gripping and well written. I believe the play itself is captivating even without the scare factor.
The atmosphere of this ghost story is added to by your surroundings in the ageing Fortune
Theatre and by the intimacy of the performance due to the small stage and auditorium.
With a combination of that and strong acting from a 2 man cast it isn't long before you are drawn in and feel like you are part of the performance, which is convenient because it seems that it takes just as long for the story to become terribly dark and disturbing.
This show doesn't rely at all on sudden mood changes or loud jumpy snippets of action (although there are some shocking moments) but tension, intriguing, yet, chilling script and the art of good old fashioned story telling... with a twist.
Even if you aren't the ghost story type it's definitely worth seeing, though not for the faint of heart! Out of the 20 college friends
I went with to see this show first time around 5 still claim to have nightmares about it while the other 15 came away dying to seeing it again... and most of us did.
Some of the atmosphere can be lost with the touring production due to location, so
I recommend you see it in London... I will definitely be going again!
(from the Nottingham Touring production)
A truly terrifying thriller.
We saw this production in Nottingham as part of our GCSE (an English, Welsh and
Northern Irish national school examination taken at 16) course. We will be using
this production in our exam.
Within the opening few minutes of the play, the audience is 'indirectly spooked'
in preparation for what is about to happen. Throughout the whole play the
audience is bother scared and gripped to the amazing story.
This play features just two cast members (and a ghost) and uses a minimal set (a
technique similar to that of Brechtian).
As soon as the audience sees the spectres face, they acquire the impression that
she is staring at them individually as they experience the dreadfulness of her
The play also uses all the doors in the auditorium for a full 3D effect. The
Woman makes her first appearance at a child's funeral. A child she has a strong
See this play? YES
Sleep at night afterwards? NO
Highly recommended thriller with a slight edge of dark humour. Just don't walk
the streets alone, or buy a rocking chair after seeing this...
Saw "Woman In Black" on Saturday 15th May 2004. Fantastic! Saw it
10 years ago - forgotten how good it was! The spooky atmosphere "made the
flesh creep" ( - as my partner put it!) added to by the screams from the
audience - I didn't know whether to scream along or laugh! Poor seats though -
row A upper circle -
the safety bar was a real hindrance to a good view. This is one show where they
really should ban the eating of goodies with noisy wrappers - the rustling
really interrupts and spoils the building of tension which is paramount to the
(from the Torques Touring production)
OH MY GOD!
I saw this show in London about two years ago and got NO sleep WHAT SO EVER
for two nights (and very little for weeks after that!). It is the scariest thing
you could ever ever ever see! I was astounded.
I was with my school for a week during “project week” it was all we
talked about for days afterward. Then I went back to school and other people,
who hadn’t seen it, couldn’t believe that a person could be so morbidly
afraid by a mere theatre show as opposed to, say, a movie! I TRIED my VERY VERY
best to persuade them that in many respects it is WORSE in a theatre because you
are THERE. You are DIRECTLY involved with it…it is LIVE! But none believed
...SO imagine my JOYOUS SURPRISE when the self same play (featuring the
understudies from the London show) came to TORQUES…a mere trip down the road.
Now, none of the friends I wanted to take do drama at GCSE - and neither do I -
but we managed to blag a bus ride to the show with the drama group…needless to
say my friends who thought they’d find it laughable where totally scared out
of their wits…as the "Daily Express" says: "it is a truly
nerve-shredding experience….GO AND SEE IT!!!"
Also PLEASE visit my site www.freewebs.com/sammy_pile
as there will soon be writing about the show and a link to the official
What an absolutely fantastic experience. Got half
price tickets in row J and was not disappointed.
It's all so well played that you forget it's
just two actors, playing actors (it all makes sense when you see the show,
honest). This is all happening in front of you. It's not a play. It's real.
There IS a causeway. There IS a pony
and trap, There IS a dog. And there IS a Woman in Black.
The first half slowly draws you in. You think
it'll all be okay. Apart from a couple of frights, it's not been too bad an
But by halfway through the second half you are
too scared to watch anymore. You want the lights to come on and for you
to be able to go home. You want to be safe in your bed. Lock all the doors and
windows and you'll be okay.
But unfortunately that doesn't happen and things
just get worse and worse, until you no longer want to go home. You're too
scared to go home.
She'll be there. Her eyes staring. Staring right
through into your very soul.
How this production has lasted 16 years on the West End is simply incomprehensible.
It is difficult to decide what disappoints most throughout, what really does feel like, the
two hours it lasts.
An entirely visually uninspiring grey backdrop opens the play, which looks untouched since opening night in 1989, and is revived only somewhat by the silkscreen effect during the second half at ‘Eel Marsh House’. The stage direction is no better; at one point the movement of the protagonists from a street scene to an office is signified by a contrived series of movements across the stage, as might be expected only in a school play.
In Act II, the method employed to instill terror in the audience is the repeated playing of dangerously loud screams, which does build anticipation. However this is only the anticipation felt of wanting to leave the theatre.
This tourist aimed production is an unfortunate letdown, which hopefully is not associated too greatly with the real theatre that can be found in the West End.
"The Woman in Black" could indeed be described as ‘ghastly’, but for all the wrong reasons.
I saw "Women In Black" the other day as part of my drama G.C.S.E (a
British school examination, taken at age 16),and it was great. I heard stories about being scary, but trying to be macho
I decided to sit near the aisle, big mistake, the whole macho idea went out the window and
I found myself jumping out of my seat but unlike a horror movie you can't pause it or hide behind a pillow,
it's like you're in the horror movie, the two lead actors were fantastic and the way they used the prop basket for a number of things was very effective.
A brilliant show which I would love to see again to scare the pants off me people! But next time
I might bring a pillow.
I went on 2 November 2005 at 8pm. Stalls Row B seats 11/12. Nice seats and
view. Plenty of leg room. Just our luck we choose one day out of an 18 year
run when the theatre seemed to be over run with feral teenagers on a school
Furthermore, the play was so dull it encouraged them to heckle continuously
'this isn't scary' etc, etc - all the way through.
I will admit, all the reviews I read beforehand, including plenty on this
site, did lead me to believe it would be a chilling nail biter. No doubt the
teens were also expecting something more. However, it was about as scary as
a ghost train. With The Woman in Black looking like she'd be more at home
haunting the fairground on Scooby Doo.
The play was freaking scary!!!! My heart was pounding by
the end. Scary stuff.
You are dead right about Upper Circle Row A. We sat in A13 and A14, and I had
to watch the first half through the gap in the safety rail. Legroom was ok for
me, but I'm 5 foot; it was cramped for my
We moved to the Dress Circle box at the interval, and though views to the
sides were limited we had a much better view, much closer to the stage, and
plenty of room to stretch out.
This play is absolutely brilliant. A spine tingling story with excellent
acting, from beginning to end, it exudes imaginative flare and is simply
unforgettable! I even scared myself witless the night after, just thinking about
it! The story is very cleverly portrayed using only a few props. It’s a very
riveting production and I was certainly immersed in it right till the scary end!
Definitely not to be missed.
We went on 9th August 2006. I never thought I would be interested in a show
with just two characters and hardly any scenery, but I was engrossed for the
whole time, and would definitely recommend it to anyone. But as other reviews
have said there are some "scary" moments which will make you jump, so if your of
a "nervous disposition" then maybe give it a miss.
Now for the theatre. We took up one of these "Theatre and Meal" deals from
Lastminute.com. Okay, so not bad for £20 for the ticket and the meal - but this
was the first time we had tried this out, and I think I would pay the extra to
sit where I want - but that's me !
"The Woman in Black" was paired with "Rock Garden" in Covent Garden, choice
of two courses, i.e. either a "starter and Main" or "Main and dessert," from a
set menu. They did try and "up sell" the drinks as these were extra, trying very
hard to sell my wife a glass of Criquet for £10 a glass. Apart form that it was
We were given C7 and C8 in the Upper Circle. Good view as the theatre is not
that high, though there was a couple of sequences that were at the very very
front of the stage which we could not see. Legroom was a bit cramped and I am
not even that tall.
Bar prices reasonable and all and all value for money and a great show !!
I was sat in the Stalls, row G (seat 10) in fact, to watch this play and the
view of the stage was very good. Also, there was plenty of leg room in the seats
so having to endure aching legs whilst watching the play.
I cannot think of enough words to show how much I enjoyed "The Woman In Black",
the most impressive aspect is that you don't really realise that the cast
consists of two central characters.
I loved the way that humour was used at the start to draw the audience in, then
as the play continued the suspense increased until you wondered what was going
to happen next.
Paul Shelley and Damien Matthews deserve a huge pat on the back for their
excellent performances as Arthur Kipps and the Actor.
A must see if you like suspense ... just take a friend if you are especially
The classic approach to ascertaining whether you will find this thriller
scary and moreover entertaining is to ask which you found scarier: "An
American Werewolf in London" or "The Blair Witch Project." However, despite
being very much in the former group of the two I was terrified in a couple
of parts and at one point in the second act yelled out a very manly scream.
Anyone who went on 9th November 2006? - That was me.
The fact that there are only two cast members does not detract from the
production as the casting was fantastic - both actors' performances were
best I have seen on stage for a while. It was not difficult to feel that at
least half the audience had seen it before. The tension rises before the
scary points and you can cut the atmosphere with a knife but this does not
spoil the play as you might expect.
We were in seats B14 / B15 in the dress circle and found the view to be very
good although not excellent as you would expect. The metal bars are in
actual fact very low and it is only in a couple of points that they affect
the view as the action nears the audience. At some points though you are
glad to be away from the action - theatre goers with a heart condition
should not sit in the aisle seats in the stalls!
A consequence of its 20+ year run is that if you are an avid theatre goer
you have probably already seen it. - Twice. If not, book now! If on the
other hand you are just starting off then still see it - only determined
macho-driven men like me have a chance of not being scarred by this
Decided to watch this play again after enjoying it so much last year, so
attended on 29th August 2007 and sat in seats (Stalls G10 and G11) which offered
a good view of the stage.
Have to admit that whilst I enjoyed the performance, I did prefer last years
However, this performance may have been affected by one person messing around
with their mobile phone and a couple of others needlessly chattering during the
play. Noise like this spoils the atmosphere needed for this play to work.
If you like a play with a few scares then pop down to the Fortune and see this
play. Remember to take a friend if you're easily frightened !
I have to say that my wife and I, after reading various reviews, were looking
forward to watching this play.
As it turned out, what a let-down. Apart from the fact that the play barely
comes alive only after the interval, there is more scariness in a ghost train
ride at a fairground then there is in this production.
We were that bored that we even contemplated leaving at the interval!
Got given tickets for my birthday to go see the show as I'd seen
it a few years back and it absolutely terrified me! So I was so
chuffed to be able to take my boyfriend to see it this time... and
see if it could scare him! It didn't, but he must of been lying.
The only suggestion I have is, and I don't mean to sound like a
scrooge, but the theatre should really put a ban on little screaming
girls! It ruined it for me and my party, made the play seem really
But anyway, other than that; fantastic show, fantastic acting and
Performance: 2nd February 2008.
Wow. This is a very powerful play! It was very good, the second
Act is extremely scary... Oh-my-god that scream is horrible... and
the woman in black is so creepy!
I would still suggest everyone to go and see it. I couldn't sleep
with the light off for a few nights, and I just had a nightmare
about it last night!! BUT, it is a brilliant play from a drama
perspective - will have to go and see it again before my drama exam.
After many years of wanting to go to 'The Woman In Black'
(literally, since I was a child!), but always finding something else
to see, safe in the knowledge that it would probably run forever, I
finally took my 15-year-old niece to the Fortune Theatre yesterday
(6th September 2008). Unfortunately, the years of waiting were not
rewarded by a great theatrical experience.
First of all, we had bought half price tickets from Leicester Square
and got row F11 and F12 of the Dress Circle. I have never felt so
much like a sardine in a theatre! At 6', things can be difficult but
this was outrageous, especially considering these are classed as top
price seats. I also had to contend with someone's head blocking the
middle of the stage and a Pringle-munching heathen next to me, but
the worst thing by far was the legroom. If the theatre really thinks
that these seats are comparable to being in the stalls, then it is
seriously deluded. You also miss out a bit on the scares - for
example, I am still unsure as to why aisle seats in the stalls are
so nerve-wracking. Therefore, I think some of the Dress Circle
should be marked in red as it really is substandard.
As for the show, I can see why it's so popular with school groups as
it's a clever, well-staged and easy to follow piece of theatre that
plays a little bit like a textbook of 'how to produce effects on a
tight budget'. But as someone who's a fan of modern horror, I have
to agree with a previous reviewer in that the shocks are ghost-train
style (and a mild ghost train at that), the story takes you from A
to B with no real suspense or twists, and the overall effect is one
of musty relic rather than edge-of-your-seat thriller.
I'm glad I finally saw it, but I expected a whole lot more.
This show is incredible!! My boyfriend and I went to see it one
Saturday night (my "punishment" for making him see a musical the
last time), knowing nothing about it other than what we had read on
Theatremonkey, and we were beyond thrilled with our decision to see
it! I don't think I've ever been so scared in my life (and my
boyfriend has the nail marks in his hand to prove it!); the actors,
all two of them, not including the woman in black, were just awesome
in their many roles.
The theatre itself added to the atmosphere; it's so old it's almost
crumbling around you!! We heard that it's currently under
renovation, but I hope that they don't update any of the features.
We were sat in D12 and 13 in the dress circle and although the view
was brilliant, there is no space to speak of. At all. The poor woman
in front of me was subject to my foot in her lower back on several
occasions, just as I was from the man behind me. After a while, you
get kind of used to it, but nothing can prepare you for the numb
bum!! I couldn't comment on the seats in the stalls as I didn't see
them, but I would not recommend the dress circle for anyone above
5'10 as my boyfriend had some real problems cramping himself in.
That said, numb bum is a small price to pay for a show as fantastic
This play was recommended to us so we were looking forward to it
and anticipating being scared out of our seats. What a let down. We
were very disappointed - and confused about why on earth it's been
running for so long. It's slow to warm up - in fact it never really
did - the story is predictable, the theatrical effects pedestrian,
and the characters fail to inspire any empathy.
We're glad we've seen it because we were curious. But we've seen
two plays recently at the Almeida Theatre in Islington. The seats
didn't cost quite as much, the actors were household names, and
there was much more 'theatre' involved. We enjoyed both plays far
The Woman in Black certainly lives up to it's reputation. This is
theatre in the raw.
There are no overtures or bright lights and certainly no stunning
costumes or lavish sets. Don't get me wrong, it takes skill to
select appropriate costumes and stage a set to give the effect of
minimalist dinge, appropriate to the story, but it relies heavily on
2 actors weaving a magical spell on a very small auditorium. and
quite simply, they do it fantastically. There are long monologues
and humour and perfect timing, the accent range is excellent.
We went to a matinee on Saturday 29th August 2009. The theatre is
quirky in that you go down a flight of stairs to the stalls and the
effect is rather like being shrunk into a Pollock's toy theatre.
Although we had considerably more leg room than in most theatres (we
were in row D seats 13 and 14 on the aisle), if I must make a
criticism it is that you do have to look up all the time - so don't
sit so close if you have neck problems
The actors were superb after a sudden start (a quick warning for the
turning off of phones and an actor appeared on stage whilst everyone
was still fumbling in their bags, as there is no safety curtain to
be raised at the beginning).
Once it gets going it is a riveting play, full of suspense, screams
and jumpy bits. There is a smoke machine or 2 and, whilst very
effective, it does cause rather a lot of coughing from the audience.
The line is something like 'I cant see the house at all' and
certainly anyone in the front 5 rows couldn't see the stage or even
the person sitting next to them. There were several coughs carrying
on for about 10 minutes, take a scarf to cover your face if you are
We were on the aisle and characters do appear there from time to
time, but having been told it was good to be on the aisle I am not
sure why. SPOILER ALERT I didn't jump and wasn't grabbed or
anything, but I have to admit as the play went on I did glance over
my shoulder from time to time to see if the 'woman in black' would
appear in the aisle as I had heard she does appear here and there,
but again, I needn't have worried - and saved myself the distraction
from the play.
I love all theatre, and on this occasion I took my mother in law who
has a preference for musicals (it was her suggestion to go to
something different) and she loved it. The play lasts about 2 hours
and is well worth a look.
26th January 2010: This is my third visit to see this play in
London, I purchased my tickets on a 2 for 1 deal on a website.
Funnily enough it's probably been my favourite visit, that's purely
down to the superb audience reaction to what was happening on stage.
I can only imagine the "screamers" must not have seen it before
because as the tension built up so did their scream factor. I had
one "screamer" sat next to me and she nearly rendered me deaf in the
closing moments. But that made my night, not ruin it as I loved that
some people had immersed themselves so deeply into the story that
they didn't care they may look silly due to their reactions.
The performances of both actors were fantastic, an improvement on my
last visit a couple of years back but I think that may have been
more due to some idiot messing about with his mobile phone during
My brother and I were sat in the stalls, seats J7 and J8 which gave
an excellent view of the stage and there's plenty of legroom so
comfort isn't a problem.
If either yourself, a partner, a relative or a friend like a good
scare then book to see The Woman In Black you'll have a great night
out, it's been playing in the West End for 21 years now so it must
be doing something right.
We got half price tickets, thanks for the link theatremonkey, for
the Saturday afternoon show (30th January 2010). We sat in the
Stalls J 1 and 2 on the aisle. J1 is listed as red in the seating
plan but I found no problem with it, the view is not obstructed in
any way. Row J is a good place to sit as it is not too close to the
stage so you are not looking upwards all the time. The leg room is
very good in the stalls, I am 6ft 4 and often have problems but it
is very good here. It is a nice small theatre and you feel very
close to the action.
I found the show itself to be very well acted by the two performers.
It uses a clever form of story telling to weave through the piece
using two performers. The stage, while small and fairly basic in set
up, is well used; and includes two further sections behind the front
curtain. I think the scary element of the show is overplayed a bit
though, reviews like 'You will be scared witless' go a bit over the
top in my opinion. There are moments that will scare and make people
jump; but no easily scared person should be put off by the way the
show is marketed. It is certainly no horror show or scare fest or
anything like that. This is a very well written and acted
atmospheric play that is well worth a visit.
I went and saw the' Women in Black' on Saturday
11th July 2009.
We sat in Stalls, Row F, seats 12 and 13. These
seats gave an almost central view of the stage and were close enough
to experience some the ‘action’. At 5ft 8 I found the seats gave me
adequate legroom but anyone taller might have a problem and although
the rake of the seating is hardly noticeable, the stage is high
enough for even the shortest of people to see over heads in front of
Sad to see that the sofas (at the side of the
stalls) have now gone!
Wasn’t quite sure what
to expect from this show, but knew it had been running for some time
so must be pretty good. I normally go for musicals, so this was also
something very different for me.
Was initially surprised by the format – only two actors – and the
first half was a bit slow. I got to the interval wondering where
this was all going and having doubts about why this had been so
popular for 20+ years and then, curtain up and away we go.......
What a contrast to the first half – I actually think that was all
part of the plan – a slow build up leaving you with no clear idea of
where this was going; we were lulled into a false sense of security.
This was the 3pm showing and so we found ourselves sharing the
theatre with quite a few school children but, that did not detract
from performance – the many screamers actually fuelled the fear.
This is a good, old fashioned ghost story which was very well acted
by Julian Forsythe and Christopher Naylor – I would highly recommend
the show to anyone.
Sat in stalls seats C3 and C4 which were fine with sufficient leg
room. Three rows from the front and to the side; only problem was
that you are looking up so, if you suffer from neck problems as I
do, probably best to sit a bit further back.
Tuesday 23rd March 2010, 3pm performance.
I saw this play as
part of a theatre course and found it was very good. Well, the first
act... I spent most of the second act with my face in my friends
lap. I have a panic disorder and would not recommend it to anyone
who has one or is easily set on edge.
act was sheer hell as the audience screams a lot, and this was very
unhelpful. I wish could have appreciated this play fully as it was
amazing for what I saw of it. Great to see with a large group of
Saw 'Woman in Black'
today (12th July 2011), stalls C17, great seat! School groups very
well behaved - it was a delight!
Woman in Black: Monday
14th November 2011, 8pm performance.
I had previously seen this on tour in Blackpool and thought it a
wonderful piece – and it didn’t disappoint on second viewing! The
Fortune Theatre is a gorgeous little gem - tucked beside Drury
Lane’s Theatre Royal – it is the tiniest place I’ve ever been too
and as a result the production works well in such a small space. No
fancy effects, no glamorous props, no fantastic set pieces – just
simple and highly engaging storytelling that, unlike some of the
bigger shows, expects the audience to fully engage their brain, mind
and imagination into the evening. Scary enough – depending on how
much you are prepared to buy into the evening…
I had seat A7 in the Dress Circle (normally £45 Mon-Thurs / £47.50
Fri-Sat) for £22.50 via an online ticket offer. The view from these
seats is incredible – you are almost eyeballing the actors!! The bar
that the monkey notes in his review really didn’t affect my view at
all. Monkey is correct, however, about the legroom which is truly
awful. Sat down, wedged my size 11’s between the seat and the wall
and 5”11 frame into my chair and didn’t move! However, the seats
have been recently refurbished so my bum and back were OK! BUT I
would most definitely sit here to see it again – at half-price, of
It is a great play in a little (little being the operative word) gem
of a theatre. A masterclass of old-fashioned storytelling.