Stuart Fox and Joseph Chance are to star in Susan Hill’s terrifying thriller The Woman in Black.
Stuart Fox returns to the production to play Arthur Kipps having first played the role two years ago. His other theatre credits include Woman in Mind (Vaudeville Theatre), The Normal Heart (Royal Court Theatre) and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Fortune Theatre).
Joseph Chance who will play the Actor is known for Jeeves & Wooster and Wallander.
Now celebrating its 27th anniversary in the West End, cast changes are a common occurrence.
Director Robin Herford said, “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 an 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.”
Stephen Mallatratt’s adaptation of Susan Hill’s best-selling novel 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.
The Woman in Black runs at the Fortune Theatre.