Fortune Theatre, London
The Fortune Theatre is tiny but steeped in history and provides the perfect intimate feel for an evening of ghost stories. When visiting on National Ghosthunting Day recently, we were treated to a pre-show supernatural tour of the theatre where paranormal expert Dr B Vilder told us about various presences seen or felt in different areas of the theatre.
Being in the actual location was certainly spooky, and I’d recommend being extra careful when booking your tickets, to avoid seat F17 of the Royal Circle on November 7th unless you want to be joined by a guest…..! Needless to say, we were all pretty nervous by the time the show started and as someone who literally jumps at EVERYTHING, I was extremely scared when I sat in my seat.
For those who haven’t been brave enough to read or see this haunting tale, the story follows Arthur Kipps who wishes to lay his haunted story to rest by retelling his experience of visiting Eel Marsh House and his numerous run-ins with The Woman in Black.
The show begins innocently enough with jokes being told and a little time being spent on setting up the ‘performance’. It does gets off to a bit of a slow start but once we get to Eel Marsh House that all changes as we are thrown into an intense and gripping world of mystery.
Adapted for the stage by Stephen Mallatratt and with set designs by Michael Holt, a lot of the story is left up to the audience’s imagination, especially when picturing the location and surroundings of the house. The script is so descriptive that this is easy to do and depending on how much you’ve built the show up in your mind, allows it to be even more scary. I found myself thinking I’d seen things out of the corner of my eye so was on the edge of my seat even more throughout.
Terence Wilton and James Byng as Arthur Kipps and “the actor” are a wonderful duo, managing to keep the audience engaged from start to finish and making their actions natural as opposed to over the top and unbelievably dramatic.
If you are the kind of person that enjoys being scared witless (or even if you’re terrified like me), it’s worth making the trip to see this show. For edge of your seat, suspense filled, jump scare drama this is definitely the show for you and it’s clear why it’s lasted so long on the West End.
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Watch my vlog of the event here