Malcolm James and Matt Connor in The Woman In Black at the Fortune Theatre
Anyone who has picked up tickets and headed to the Fortune Theatre this week to see the ongoing production of The Woman in Black might have noticed some changes to the cast as Malcolm James and Matt Connor have started performances as the Arthur Kipps and the Actor respectively.
The duo replaces the former stars Christopher and Tom Godwin, who previously took on the roles. They are also the latest in a long line of performers to portray the parts, with The Woman In Black nearing its 3rd decade in the West End (it opened in 1989).
The Woman In Black sees Arthur Kipps relay one of his early cases as a young solicitor to an actor set to portray him onstage and through this story we flashback to the case, where he visits the Eel Marsh House to settle the estate of a Miss Alice Drablow. At her funeral he witnesses the spectral Woman In Black and this sets in motion a terrifying and memorable story that has captured the attention of audiences since the 1980s.
Susan Hill’s original novel was adapted for the stage by Stephen Mallatratt, with the production premiering in 1987 prior to its unveiling in the West End. It also spawned a well known film version starring Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe as Arthur Kipps.
But from this point onwards Malcolm James plays this part at the Fortune Theatre, making this the latest in various roles he has played in the capital and around the country. He played the part of Kipps on a touring version of The Woman In Black and also has credits like Potted Shed at the Finborough Theatre, Mrs Warren’s Profession at the Bristol Old Vic and The Merry Wives Of Windsor at Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park, amongst many others. Audiences might also recognise his work on the screen in everything from Coronation Street to The Bill.
The show’s press release also tells us that The Woman In Black has extended, so those considering upcoming dates will be happy to know that they have more options as the show is now booking to Thursday 21st January 2017.