New cast announced for The Woman in Black at the Fortune Theatre
New cast announced for the long-running thriller.
Producers of the West End's hit thriller The Woman in Black have announced new casting for the production at the Fortune Theatre. Stuart Fox returns to the role of Arthur Kipps alongside Joseph Chance.
Stephen Mallatratt’s adaptation of Susan Hill’s best-selling novel is currently celebrating its 27th anniversary in the West End, having originally opened in London on 7 June 1989.
The Woman in Black tells the story of a lawyer obsessed with a curse that he believes has been cast over him and his family by the spectre of a ‘Woman in Black’. He engages a young actor to help him tell his story and exorcise the fear that grips his soul. It begins innocently enough, but as they delve further into his darkest memories, they find themselves caught up in a world of eerie marshes and moaning winds. The borders between make believe and reality begin to blur and the flesh begins to creep.
Director Robin Herford commented on the news: "I have lost count of the number of times I have rehearsed a new cast for this play since I directed the very first pair of actors for its world premiere. Here in the West End, I change the cast every nine months; a process which I used to view with a certain trepidation but which I now welcome. Actors like to be doing different things and respond to different challenges and this is a healthy process. To perform a play eight times a week, for forty weeks, is a daunting challenge. When that play has only two speaking parts, the challenge is even greater. At the end of forty weeks, the outgoing actors can give the play into the hands of a new pairing of actors, and this is to give the play a new lease of life. The actors bring to it their own imaginations and intelligences, as well as their emotional responses to the characters and the story."
Stuart Fox's stage credits include Woman in Mind, The Normal Heart, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Joseph Chance has recently starred in Jeeves & Wooster and Wallander.
The production is directed by Robin Herford, with designs by Michael Holt, lighting by Kevin Sleep and sound by Gareth Owen.