Robin Herford & Damien Matthews new cast in "The Woman In Black" until 18 Sep 2004

Robin Herford & Damien Matthews new cast in "The Woman In Black" until 18 Sep 2004

The Woman in Black has a new cast at the Fortune Theatre: Robin Herford & Damien Matthews. They will play in the drama only to 18 Sep 2004

Both actors have recently been touring the play in India.

Robin Herford is also the director, and has directed every West End cast since it opened in 1989.

Damien Matthews London stage credits include "Sweet Bird of Youth" at the Lyttelton, NT in 1994 and "Troilus and Cressida" at the Open Air Theatre Regent's Park in 1998. His TV work includes "Chalk" for the BBC in 1997.

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). The Woman in Black is currently taking bookings to 8 Jan 2005 at the Fortune Theatre.

It is 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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