Father and Son join cast of The Woman in Black


Long running West End drama The Woman in Black has announced that father and son actors Christopher Godwin and Tom Godwin have joined the cast in the lead roles of 'Arthur Kipps' and 'The Actor'.

The production is now in its 26th year in the West End where it is booking at the Fortune Theatre to 16 January 2016.

Adapted from the ghost story by Susan Hill, The Woman in Black has been seen by over seven million people. The production originally opened in Scarborough, before transferring to the Lyric Hammersmith, The Playhouse Theatre and finally The Fortune Theatre, where it opened on 7 July 1989.

The production combines the power and intensity of live theatre with the cinematic quality of film noir. Directed by Robin Herford it features design by Michael Holt and lighting design by Kevin Sleep.

Synopsis: "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."

Christopher Godwin's recent theatre credits include 'The Two Merchants of Modena'(RSC), 'The Crucible' (Old Vic), 'Versailles' (Donmar Warehouse), 'This House' (National Theatre), 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', 'The City Madam', 'Cardenio' (all RSC) and 'Henry IV Parts I and II' (Shakespeare's Globe).

Tom Godwin's theatre credits include: 'Macbeth' (Park Avenue Armory, New York); 'The Little Mermaid' (Bristol Old Vic); 'To Kill A Mockingbird' (Regent's Park Open Air); 'Bingo' (Young Vic); 'Taming Of The Shrew' (Shakespeare's Globe), 'Get Santa!' and 'ENRON' (Headlong: Noel Coward Theatre West End.

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