Cast changes in The Woman In Black from 6 April 2010

Cast changes from 6 April 2010 in the long running thriller The Woman in Black, at the Fortune Theatre: Michael Mears will play Arthur Kipps and Orlando Wells The Actor.

Michael Mears London theatre credits include All’s Well That End’s Well, Nation, Harper Regan (all National Theatre), Measure for Measure (Peter Hall Company & RSC). His screen credits include 3 series of Sharpe (ITV), two series of The Lenny Henry Show.

Orlando Wells’ recent theatre credits include The History Boys (West End), Pirandello’s Henry IV (Donmar Warehouse) and seasons with the RSC. Television credits include 4 series of the drama As If (Carnival/C4), A Very British Sex Scandal.

This ghost story written by Stephen Mallatratt from the novel by Susan Hill, opened at the Fortune Theatre on 7 June 1989 . (The show first opened at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough in 1987). It is currently taking bookings to 18 Dec 2010.

It is directed by Robin Herford, designed by Michael Holt with lighting by Kevin Sleep.

Proud and solitary, Eel Marsh House surveys the windswept reaches of the salt marshes beyond Nine Lives Causeway. Arthur Kipps , a junior solicitor, is summoned to attend the funeral of Mrs Alice Drablow, the house's sole inhabitant, unaware of the tragic secrets which lie hidden behind the shuttered windows. It is not until he glimpses a wasted young woman, dressed all in black, at the funeral, that a creeping sense of unease begins to take hold, a feeling deepened by the reluctance of the locals to talk of the woman in black - and her terrible purpose. Years later, as an old man, he recounts his experiences to an actor in a desperate attempt to exorcise the ghosts of the past. The play unfolds around the conversations of these two characters as they act out the solicitor's experiences on Eel Marsh all those years ago.

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