Woman in Black new cast from 3 Feb 03 Pip Donaghy and Colin Hurley

Woman in Black new cast from 3 Feb 03 Pip Donaghy and Colin Hurley

The long running thriller The Woman in Black, will have a new cast at the Fortune Theatre from 3 Feb 2003, Pip Donaghy and Colin Hurley, which will be the 25th combination!

Pip Donaghy's London stage credits include "Albert Speer" and "Widowers' Houses" both at the National in 2000; "A Doll's House" at New Ambassadors in 2000; "Luther" at the National in 2001; "Mill On the Floss" at the New Ambassadors in 2001;"The Clearing" at the Tricycle last year.

Colin Hurley's London stage credits include "Camino Real" at the Young Vic in 1998; "Troilus and Cressida" for the RSC at the Barbican in 1998; "Twelfth Night" and "The Golden Ass" at Shakespeare's Globe theatre last year.

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 who has directed every West End cast since it opened in 1989. 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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