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A lawyer obsessed with a curse that he believes has been cast over him and his family by the spectre of a Woman in Black, engages a sceptical young actor to help him tell his terrifying story and exorcise the fear that grips his soul. It all begins innocently enough, but then, as they reach further into his darkest memories, they find themselves caught up in a world of eerie marshes and moaning winds.
The borders between make believe and reality begin to blur and the flesh begins to creep ...
Based on the successful Gothic-themed novel by the eminent English author Susan Hill, The Woman in Black is a chilling account of a troubled retired solicitor, Arthur Kipps. After having heard an exchange of ghost stories from his family, he suddenly withdraws from the room to write about the horrors he witnessed years ago.
The first theatrical adaptation of The Woman in Black took place in Scarborough in 1987, the town that Susan Hill was born in. Thanks to its extraordinary success and popularity, it reached the West End soon afterwards, in 1989, and has been held here ever since.
The play was adapted and pioneered by the renowned playwright Stephen Mallatratt, who also worked as a producer for ITV's Coronation Street but, following a battle with leukaemia, sadly passed away in 2004.
In the story, Arthur Kipps is asked to leave London to attend the funeral of an elderly lady, the late Mrs. Alice Drablow, in the market settlement of Gifford. However, he soon begins to see a pale woman in black, who relentlessly haunts him and constantly terrorises his soul, even when he returns to his family later.
The woman lived at the eerie Eel Marsh House, which is part of the Nine Lives Causeway, an area that is surrounded by water at high tide. As Kipps has been instructed to sort out her papers there, he spends a few days at the house, where he begins to hear voices and sees the same woman in black repeatedly, realising that these scenes are depictions of a tumultuous life.
Over the years, the show has received many fantastic reviews from many prestigious publications, having been described as 'a masterpiece' by The Guardian and 'a real thrill of horror' by the Sunday Times.
It is held at the Fortune Theatre on Russell Street, which, despite being one of the smallest in the West End, offers a more intimate atmosphere than many other theatres, and is housed in a Grade II listed building. The theatre opened in the 1920s, when it was known as the Fortune Thriller Theatre, and held performances by the wartime organisation the Entertainments National Service Association, which provided theatre entertainment for military personnel.
This venue is conveniently located close to the famous shops and market stalls of Covent Garden, and is in walking distance to several Underground stations with fast, regular Tube to the rest of the capital.
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Russell Street, London, WC2B 5HH