The Woman In Black is one of the most captivating, absorbing and intriguing theatrical performances events.
Extensively praised by the critics, Stephen Mallatratt’s adaptation of Susan Hill’s best-selling novel combines the dramatic effect of live theatre with a cinematic quality embraced by the world of film noir.
A lawyer haunted 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 chilling story and finally rid him of the fear that grips his soul.
It all begins innocently enough, but , as they delve deeper into his darkest memories, they find themselves in a land full of eery marshes and howling winds.
The border between fantasy and reality begins to diminish and the flesh begins to creep…
Evenings: Monday to Saturday 8.00pm
Matinees: Tuesday 3.00pm and Saturday 4.00pm
Running Time: 2 hours
Age Restrictions: The Woman in Black is on the National Curriculum for English and Drama, so some performances (especially matinees and on weekdays) are likely to have school groups in attendance.
Show Opened: 1st Jun 1989
Opening in 1924, The Fortune Theatre was the first theatre to be built in London following the World War One. The theatre is situated on the old site of the Albion Tavern.
The Fortune Theatre opened on 8th November 1924, which was a Saturday. The Fortune Theatre’s original building plans were discovered by Richard L. Hay, who then used the plans to design and build the Elizabethan Stage at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon.
Laurence Cowen commissioned the architect to design the theatre, and the opening play Sinners was written by him. Unfortunately for Cowen the play only ran for a short period of only two weeks! The following few years saw a number of other productions, including amateur shows in the 1930s. In the period of World War II the venue was used by ENSA, concert party group of the Armed Forces.
From then, the Fortune Theatre has had many notable actors and actresses perform on its stage, including Dame Judi Dench, Dirk Bogarde and Maureen Lipman, playing the role of Joyce Grenfell in her one-woman show, Re-Joyce. Stars from the world of Variety such as Flanders and Swann performed at The Fortune Theatre and it was home to the revue from Cambridge, Beyond The Fringe, providing the original line-up of Dudley Moore, Peter Cook, Alan Bennett and Jonathan Miller. There were many other significant shows that ran at the Fortune include Mr Cinders, Double Double, Nunsense as well as Dangerous Obsession.
The Fortune Theatre is associated strongly with its current production The Woman In Black, which was first seen at the theatre in 1989, and has since become a mainstay of the West End. The theatre and the show achieved the landmark of 5000 performances in July 2001 when there was a party, held in the Stalls Bar and the auditorium!
For many years, the theatre was independently owned, until in December 2001, it was added to the Ambassador Theatre Group and joined ATG’s other West End theatres.
The theatre’s famous figurine, Terpsichore (seen high above the main entrance) was sculpted by M H Crichton of the Bromsgrove Guild, a noted company of artisans from Worcestershire.
Photographs taken on 9th September 2014 – all photographs copyright to Neil Cheesman at www.LastMinuteTheatreTickets.com
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