Written on: 05/10/2013 by escott2013 (1 review written)
I must admit when I saw there were only 2 actors, I was worried I wouldn't enjoy it. I did not need to worry - they were great. They held the audience completely - even the school parties - at times the silence and suspense was complete. The played the characters so that they came alive and told the story very well. We thoroughly enjoyed it and have recommended to others. (read more)
Written on: 05/10/2013 by Totallytheatre (1 review written)
Actors were good, but very boring and certainly not scary. Imaginary dog, using a straw box to imitate a horse coach etc. They should take a look at the other shows in the West End and realise they need to move on. Very very boring......... (read more)
Written on: 02/07/2013 by janematthews1
i went with school for a drama trip therefore it was a long and busy day. i really enjoyed the performence itself and all 3 of the actors were exceptional. i would honestly love to go again in the future. GREAT SHOW! (read more)
Written on: 06/06/2013 by Talon
My husband took me to London for my birthday last week and this was, without a doubt, a highlight. The actors were extremely talented. I was drawn into their world immediately and stayed there during the entire play. I laughed, I screamed and I became emotional. It is refreshing to see "real theatre" and not the overly visual and loud plays/musicals that are rampant today. We sat third row, dead center which was suggested to us as the best seats. They were. The theater is intimate... (read more)
Written on: 31/05/2013
This play is old and the special effects are dated and not very realistic. Like they say in the beginning 'the audience needs to use their imagination'. On saying this however, the play does not feel cheap or even that old as it's such a simple idea that you still understand what's going on and are still scared. This play takes you through almost every emotion there is... You laugh, cry, smile, jump and scream. The play is scary but I was lead to believe it was the sort of thing that would... (read more)
Written on: 04/11/2012 by tia26 (1 review written)
The woman in black is an AMAZING play I would definitely go and see it again! It is a very small theatre which helps with the tension and general atmosphere throughout the play. The fact the it is done with only two main actors and the woman in black, in my prior opinion, made it seem very boring. But as I am taking drama GCSE it is compulsory to go. When I got there I was being very negative about the whole thing saying to my friends oh this is going to be boring and rubbish, but I was so... (read more)
Written on: 26/09/2012 by 6337sean (1 review written)
I saw The Women in Black last night at the fortune theatre. AND WHAT A WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY. It was truely the most aweful production I have ever seen. I am susprised they can get away with such rubbish.... Two actors, whom play several characters, you even have to imagine a dog is on stage at one point. Its no more then a school play, this shouldnt be on at the west end. They havent invested in props and the set never changes. My advice: DO NOT GO !! you will be disapointed to say the... (read more)
Written on: 11/07/2012 by ninaboo
I have just been to see w.I.B as a totally unexpected surprise from my husband. I loved the film and have equally enjoyed the theatre performance. The small; intimate setting of the auditoriam suits the general feel of the story: unerving, dark and claustraphobic. Everything perfect....the actors of which only two are present, deliver suberb performances....talented and memorable. the direction of the storyitself for this particular genre balances humour and horror perfectly. The main star... (read more)
Written on: 30/06/2012 by RachelHowellx
Ignore all the bad comments about this! After watching the film and reading the book I decided to take my mom to the theatre to watch woman in black followed by Matilda on the evening for her birthday! my mom is a musical lover and me more of a film geek! I am 20 and my mom 50 and we both loved this! If your a fan of musicals such as Les Mis and Phanton like us you will really enjoy the talented actors and the story line this offers! The whole floor was jumping and loving the play! this... (read more)
Written on: 05/06/2012 by Glitter45 (0 reviews written)
Went to see this play last week with my partner. It was his first theatre experience. The two actors are obviously good at their craft but the play as a whole was boring, without suspense. The screaming sound effects served to ensure the audience stayed awake by jolting us into consciousness at the appropriate moments. The clapping at the end of this play was obviously an expression of relief that it was finally over and we were once again free to wonder around the West End. Oh my.... (read more)
Written on: 03/06/2012 by daise1970
The film was brilliant as was the book. The show itself was dull, dull, dullll and the 1st half was wasted on a ridiculous attempt at comedy? My son in law actually fell asleep before the end of the 1st half. We were all thoroughly disappointed by poor props, limited cast and the length it took to finally start with the scary stuff.. Don't bother wasting your time or money!! After seeing the all singing dancing cast that is Mamma Mia, this was a total let down. Even the theatre was a... (read more)
Written on: 04/04/2012 by fairy_gemsy
...or wait for the play to tour away from Fortune Theatre. The staff were absolutely appalling, so much so that they made a friend of mine cry and we left half way through the 2nd half. As one of my favourite plays I was extremely upset that it should be ruined for a new potential fan due to dire customer service, as the actors actualyl made a reasonable attempt, althoguh I can't say I was astounded by the acting talent. Would certainly not recommend, simply because you risk the chance... (read more)
Written on: 21/03/2012 by Ransom1337 (1 review written)
I would firstly like to thank the two actors for a fantastic performance. Their energy was felt throughout the entirety of The Woman in Black. This is the third time I've been to see this play over the course of a decade, and it hasn't lost it's appeal. The brilliantly planned use of stage and props really bring the horror story to life, with unexpected areas of the stage opening up to reveal more areas of the manor. Even now, the incredibly clever use of 'play within a play' impresses me.... (read more)
Written on: 28/01/2012 by Paul_L (1 review written)
Must have seen a different play from everyone else. Two guys and no scenery for 2 hours. More like a melodrama than anything else. Pretty boring and minimal suspense. I have seen amateur dramatics that was more entertaining. As far as I could see from the audience if you are a teenage girl you will love it - otherwise spend your money elsewhere. (read more)
Written on: 19/01/2012 by E.MartinWestEndFan (1 review written)
I went to go and see The Woman in Black on Monday with school, and I have to say it was absolutely brilliant I have never been so scared in my life!!!!!.I thought the performers were fantastic, it really made you feel part of the story 10/10 :D (read more)
Written on: 04/01/2012 by kgsmette (1 review written)
Just returned from seeing this spine-tingling gem of a performance with my wife in London's West End. After initially wondering how on earth only two actors, plus minimal props and a simple stage set up could possibly carry off one of the most classic ghost stories of all time, my worries and fears were allayed by a truly mesmerising (and believable) delivery by David Acton and Ben Deery. The stripped-down, back-to-basics arrangement allows the wonderful script and rich, convincing and... (read more)
Written on: 21/11/2011 by reviewkitten (289 reviews written)
I went to see The Woman in Black a few months ago when the actors were Patrick Drury and Anthony Eden. I saw Ghost Stories shortly before and friends had recommended we come see this. Managed to buy some slightly cheaper tickets for an afternoon matinee to make an afternoon of it we had dinner afterwards. The show was pretty good. I won't mention any plot details as this could spoil it for anyone that wants to go and see it. It starts off slowly and gradually builds the tension. The two... (read more)
Written on: 20/09/2011
I went to this play on a Saturday with my mum and sister. None of us knew much about the play, but we thought we'd give it a go. When we walked in i noticed compared to other shows I’ve seen the set pieces were very simple and the stage was rather small and i wasn’t sure what kind of a production this would turn out to be, but on came the two fabulous actors, who had my attention immediately and commanded the stage beautifully. The simplicity of the set didn’t spoil anything; it’s... (read more)
Written on: 11/06/2011
I thought the Woman in Black was an excellent play because it was captivating, the actors were believable and the plot was filled with suspense. Although the playwright, Stephan Mallatratt, sets the play in the early 20th century as in the original novel by Susan Hill, he gives it a contemporary twist by adding modern clothes, electric torches and pre recorded sound effects which help set the atmosphere. The stage adaption of Woman in Black is cleverly designed as a play within a play where... (read more)
Written on: 10/06/2011 by moomoo83 (1 review written)
The actors were very good and the woman in Black's face was extremely scary looking, sadly that is the only positive thing I can say. The play lacked excitement and in the first scene my mind drifted and I was more interested in what ice cream flavour I would choose in the interval. It was not scary but it did make me jump once or twice however that was due to the loud sound effects of people screaming. Granted the woman in black had a scary face there was nothing else scary about the play.... (read more)
Written on: 05/04/2011
I went to see this play with the girlfriend after being recommended by her dad. I was not disappointed! Was a great play with great tension and build up! 1st half was jumpy but OH MY GOD the 2nd was worse!!! Pretty glad the bar man gave me the heads up, but I think he didn't want me spilling my drink or tipping my minstrels. Would recommend this to anyone friends family strangers. Just as previous reviews, seats were to small. But was a top play. 5/5!!!! (read more)
Written on: 01/04/2011
I went to London for 2 days to see 2 plays with my school. We saw Blood Brothers & Woman In Black...out of the 2 Woman In Black was definately the better play!! Not only did it have a fabulous tension build-up, but the plot was very creative and drew you in from the start. If your looking for a scare, then this is definately the play to see!! Overall, the experience was amazing, and the actors were fabulous. Well worth it!! (read more)
Written on: 16/03/2011
This play was brilliant, the acting was superb and the stage effects were amazing!!
Although I did not find it scary, i did find that the tension was built up exceedingly well.
The fact is with this play you need imagination! People who have given bad reviews obviously saw a performance with poor actors or did not even try to get into it - you cannot just rely on the performance to scare you, if you fall asleep during it , you obviously coudln't be arsed to even try and use your imagination,... (read more)
Written on: 08/02/2011
I went with my school so it didnt cost as much. IT WAS THE BEST! We all want to see it again, the way the actors merged into the story and back out into the acting part. I liked the way they still considered the WIB to be supernatural and didnt put down the actresses name on anything. It was good at building tension and giving the audience a false sense of security and you jumped out of your seats at silly things like when he fell over a bucket and when the train entered a tunnel. The moment... (read more)
Written on: 22/01/2011
I THINK THIS IS THE BEST PREFORMANCE THAT I HAVE EVER SEEN AND IT WOULD BE HARD TO TOP! I went with my drama group as i was studying it.i thought that the 1st half was amzing at buliing the tensiona dn then the scare at the end that kept me worrie through the whole inteveral! an then the 2nd half was just torture!! i liked that it bulit tension in the 1st half as i they scared us all the way through it would have got boring. before making the purchase i would have liked to known the story... (read more)
Written on: 21/01/2011 by emmamiddleton (1 review written)
what did i think of the woman in black well i have read some reviews some say it good other saying its not. but what did i think well i though the first part was very good the light had a great inpack and the fack that the sets were so close together made the hole play seam more real. however the second half omg is was amazing the sound the woman in blcak the actor how played her amazing it was so terefing i was so secard. i would deffenitly recomed you to go and see this play. we have... (read more)
Written on: 14/01/2011
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Mixed reveiws indeed. I found this play boring and definitely not scary. There were a few moments where we jumped, but these were poor panto effects - screaming and doors slamming - it was all very slapstick and I was unable to take any of it seriously.
Great acting and lighting however. But the plot was weak, and they spent 1.5hours telling a 10mins story. YAWN.
Def would not recommend this and this isnt because I'm not a cultural person or dont enjoy the theatre - but... (read more)
Written on: 07/01/2011
We went last night and had a really great night! The play was terrific and very good performances from the actors. The only bad thing was the seating - seats are so small that it is very hard for tall people! Apart from that great play, lighting effects and sounds! 10/10! (read more)
Written on: 05/01/2011
Went to see this last night wiht my boyfriend. I read these reviews a few hours before we went so I was a tad worried about what we were about to see and whether we would enjoy ir ot nor!
I should have ignored the reviews and not worried. What an amazing play! It was scary, amusing, captivating, emotional. Just brilliant. I can't fault it.
I feel bad that so many people on this site have slated it. I think they would probably have been better off seeing Legally Blonde or Starlight... (read more)
Written on: 18/12/2010
WE WERE ALL SO LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING WOMAN IN BLACK AND THOUGHT IT WAS AWFUL CANNOT UNDERSTAND WHY ITS BEEN ON SO LONG WISH WE HAD LOOKED AT REVEIWS BEFORE! WALKED OUT BEFORE THE SECOND HALF ONE OF US FELL ASLEEP THE PRICE OF THE TICKETS ARE A RIP OFF AND BEING IT WAS A PRESENT VERY ANNOYING AS IT SPOILT OUR EVENING AND THE MEAL WHICH CAME WITH THE PACKAGE IN THE MUSEUM PUB WAS DISCUSTING A BURGER (WHICH TASTED HORRID) AND OVER DONE OVEN CHIPS THEY HAD RUN OUT OF SALAD!!!! DON'T BUY... (read more)
Written on: 02/11/2010
I went to see Woman in Black with my drama group because it was part of my cource, i quite liked it but, it depends on what you like, i liked the story and the two actors were excellent. The play is supposed to be quite scary, personally i did not find it scary but most people in the theatre did, the effects are fantastic since it is a live theatre. (read more)
Written on: 31/10/2010 by spmartin (1 review written)
Went on Friday night in the mood to be scared as halloween approached. I fell asleep in the first half, the second half was not much better. Not scarey, I think it needs a rewrite and a fresh approach if its to market itself as scarey. I came out thinking I had wasted a lot money!! I liked the intamcy on the theatre! (read more)
Written on: 17/09/2010
i went with my 6th form drama group to see the woman in black in 2007. i must admit the first half of the play is boring and you lose interest. however, having said that the second half was absolutely terrifying, i ran out of the theaatre screaming, crying and shaking with fear. ihad the best seat, when the ghost came into the audience the swish of her black gown gave me chills, to date i still see her ghostly white face with rose tinted cheeks sitting on the rocking chairrr!!!!. im going... (read more)
Written on: 27/06/2010
Mixed review! My Daughter went with the school's 6th form drama group a few years ago and felt it was the scariest thing she had ever seen,. So much so she didn't want to sit through the 2nd half. I took my partner yeaterday and was very disappointed, not finding it that frightening at all. That said, the acting was exceptional and the plot intriguing. Definitely one if you enjoy the power of theatre and using your own imagination, but not one if you want a spectacle and a good night out.... (read more)
Written on: 25/06/2010
I was so looking forward to this production and to my utter disapointment it was a real let down.
There were a group of excitable teenagers in the audience who squeaked at every available moment,I can understand their excitment but it totally ruined the suspence, which at best was only very slightly there in the first place.I feel that the lack of 'tension' in this drama made it nothing more than a very nice little Christmas ghost story.I know the story well and feel this must have been... (read more)
Written on: 17/06/2010
Dull, dull, dull. Boring beyond belief. What an absolute waste of time and money! (read more)
Written on: 31/05/2010
Extremely thrilling and exciting performance of the Woman In Black. Both actors were good especially the young budding actor, i have seen a woman in black 5 times now and this was probably middle of the road. The older man wanting to retell the story was fairly good but lacked ability to build to tension and at times moments were thrown away. As far as the woman in black herself well, she was in a nutshell quite pathetic, she was a very good looking girl, that on many occasions shows her... (read more)
Written on: 12/05/2010
i have seen better. Peter Bramhill was a let down. Not scary at all (read more)
Written on: 10/04/2010
this is an absolutely amazing performance. everybody should go to see "the woman in black". it is spine chilling but so very effective in the skill of acting and performance. It is very cleverly thought out of one of the main characters telling the story and it being re - told. props were cleverly used and the tension that was present all the way through the performance was incredable. I went with my school and everyone was very scared, this makes you jump and as we were told before we went... (read more)
Written on: 11/03/2010 by Elaine Wilson (1 review written)
If you are looking for an all singing all dancing happy clappy extravaganza this is not for you.However instead,allow yourself to be drawn in under the spell of a good olde fashion ghost story.Played out by only two actors and one other! playing a handful of characters, excelling in their craft, to keep you held in suspense right up to the nerve tingling end.This play does not rely on sophisticated props or scenery, but the atmoshere is created by your own imagination and the power of the... (read more)
Written on: 24/02/2010
I was a little sceptical after reading some of the reviews but I was not disapointed. The Woman in Black is very cleverly portrayed by just two actors (plus a ghost!) taking on all the various roles. The plot is easy to follow and only mildly scary. The two hours flew by. A lovely way to spend a rainey February afternoon. Go with an open mind and enjoy! (read more)
Written on: 13/01/2010
The Women in black was a thrilling experiance whilst in the theatre, but i don't agree it is a very good play.
The story line, wasn't actually all that great! Although the sound affects did make the story much better.
Having seats at the back of this theatre also, apparently didn't give the best affect, ans some of the actors came very close or in the crowd, which i would of liked to have experianced.
For a couple of the characters i found difficult to tell apart. All the mimes were done... (read more)
Written on: 01/11/2009
Words are not enough to describe my dissapointment,this is definitely the worst play my wife and I have ever seen. The production is disfunctional and shifts in and out of scenes without warning. There are only two actors that play the various parts by changing clothes on stage and spend most of the time telling the story rather that acting it out. It lacked continuity and is booring beyond belief. My wife fell asleep half way through the first half and I just managed to keep awake. I... (read more)
Written on: 07/08/2009 by Benjamin Cornwell (1 review written)
The Woman in Black - The most enthralling theatre experience I have ever had. The actors (and actress!) were brilliant in their performance and truly instilled fear into the audience. I was on the edge of my seat, wondering where the next fright would appear. Mr Forsyth was captivating as the haunted Arthur Kipps and Mr Naylor encouraged and portrayed the deepest fear I have ever experienced. Ms Zuluminskte is quite possibly the most frightening sights I have seen, and performed the part... (read more)
Written on: 20/05/2009 by jo stewart
The Woman in Black has to be, without exception, the worst play I have ever seen. How on earth it has endured 20 years is beyond belief. How anyone could possibly find it thrilling and frightening is, quite frankly, astonishing. Whatever you do, don't waste your money going to see this - please! Whoever reviews these plays is obviously being given a serious bung - I've spoken to four or five friends who have also seen this play and they all agree with me! (read more)
Written on: 21/04/2009
We went on a school trip in March to see the Woman in Black, which turned out to be a chilling journey accompanied by the horrors of Victorian England! You will be screaming and laughing until your sides split! We also did a workshop in the theatre, which gave us an insight into the background of this thrilling play.
Written on: 19/04/2009 by Yukichuze
I was very excited at first when I was going to see The Woman in Black, everyone said it was so scary and would make you jump of your seat, however for me that was not the case considering I am a total sucker for horror films/plays.
- I feel they could have made this play a bit more better by adding more characters.
The lighting and staging was very good and appropraite and was thoughtfully done.
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