The Woman In Black, the acclaimed long-running West End thriller has announced new casting.
Julian Forsyth returns to the production to star as Arthur Kipps and Matthew Spencer reprises his role as The Actor from Tuesday 7 June 2022.
Julian Forsyth is a stage and television actor who first played Arthur Kipps in The Woman in Black in 2010, before reprising the role at the Fortune Theatre in 2014. His theatrical credits include An American In Paris at the Dominion Theatre, Guys and Dolls at the Royal Albert Hall, Sunset Boulevard at the Coliseum, The Go-Between at the Apollo Theatre, Wicked at the Apollo Victoria. His television credits include Father Brown, A Touch of Frost, The Curse of Steptoe, and Holby City.
Matthew Spencer returns to The Woman in Black as The Actor, having first played the role both at The Fortune Theatre and on tour. His other theatrical credits include Amadeus at the National Theatre, Haunting Julia and The Invisible Man both at the Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch, 1984 and The Iliad, both at the Almeida, War House at the National Theatre and Nicholas Nickleby at the Gielgud Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre and on tour. He has also appeared on television in My Family and on film in The Man You’re Not.
Cast changes occur roughly every 9 months and are intentional, Director Robin Herford previously commented “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. “
He said “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.”
In June 2019 The Woman in Black celebrated its 30th Anniversary in London’s West End with a special gala performance.
Stephen Mallatratt’s adaptation of the classic novel by Susan Hill is currently the 4th longest show in London theatre history.
The Woman in Black is booking until 29 April 2023 at the Fortune Theatre, London.
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