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Susan Hill's The Woman in Black announces new cast ahead of 30th Anniversary

Stuart Fox as 'Arthur Kipps'. Photo by Tristram Kenton.

Casting news

AS SUSAN Hill’s The Woman in Black at The Fortune Theatre prepares to celebrate its 30th Anniversary in the West End in June 2019, PW Productions have announced that from Tuesday, March 19, 2019, Stuart Fox will play Arthur Kipps, with Matthew Spencer as The Actor.

Having previously played the role of Arthur Kipps at the Fortune Theatre and during the UK Tour, Stuart Fox returns to The Woman in Black. His other West End credits include Woman in Mind (Vaudeville theatre), The Normal Heart (Royal Court) and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Fortune Theatre).

His theatre credits elsewhere include Ten Times Table, The Last of the Red Hot Lovers and Educating Rita (The Mill at Sonning), Springs Eternal, The Man Who Pays the Piper, The Stepmother, Sauce for the Goose, Three Farces and Winter (Orange Tree Theatre) and After the Ball (Theatre Upstairs Highgate).

Matthew Spencer has played the role of The Actor at The Fortune Theatre and during the UK Tour of The Woman in Black. His other West End credits include Amadeus (National Theatre), 1984 (Almeida and Playhouse Theatre) and War Horse (New London Theatre). His other theatre credits include The Busy Body (Southwark Playhouse), Bent (Trafalgar Studios) and Sleuth and Tartuffe (Watermill Theatre and UK Tour).

Matthew Spencer as 'The Actor'. Photo by Tristram Kenton.

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 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 creep.

The Woman in Black is directed by Robin Herford, with designs by Michael Holt and lighting by Kevin Sleep.

The Woman in Black is currently booking at the Fortune Theatre until March 28, 2020.

Images: Stuart Fox (top) and Matthew Spencer (bottom), both by Tristram Kenton.

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