The Woman in Black cast changes from 20 Dec 2010


A new cast is announced for the long running thriller The Woman in Black, at the Fortune Theatre.

From 20 Dec 2010, Patrick Drury plays Arthur Kipps, and Antony Eden plays The Actor. (replacing Michael Mears & Orlando Wells).

Patrick Drury London stage credits include at the National Theatre: Fram, Major Barbara, The Enchantment, Much Ado About Nothing, Don Juan, Prince of Homburg, Torquato Tasso, Bartholomew Fair, Fuente Ovejuna. In London's West End: The Memory Of Water.

Antony Eden London stage credits include Hangover Square at the Finborough theatre. Theatre outside London includes: Merchant of Venice, Cider with Rosie (Theatre Royal, Bury St. Edmonds and national tour); Something Wicked This Way Comes (National Theatre of Scotland); Trumpets and Raspberries, Vanity Fair, The Glass Menagerie, Mrs. Warren’s Profession (Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh)

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 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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